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Schoolkids face the heat
Remain stranded as drivers refuse to ply vehiclesShivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 10
The police crackdown on illegal school buses proved costly for students and their parents as drivers of a number of school buses refused to ply their buses today fearing of being challaned.
Traffic police personnel check documents of a two-wheeler of a student
Traffic police personnel check documents of a two-wheeler of a student. Photos: Inderjeet Verma 

A number of schoolchildren were stranded after school hours. Parents too faced a tough time as they had to leave their work midway and reach school to pic-up their kid.

On the second day of the intensive challan drive initiated by the traffic police, documents of school vans ferrying students of Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, Guru Nanak Public School, Greenland Public School, DAV Public School and BCM School etc were checked.

At a leading school in Sarabha Nagar, a number of students were seen pleading their drivers to take them back home when the school got over at 1.30 pm. However, the drivers of around a dozen vans did not even bother that students were made to wait in hot and humid weather. Fearing that their vehicles will be challaned, the drivers preferred to park their vehicles outside the school premises.

Helpless, the school authorities asked students to wait inside the school and called up their parents to take them back home.

Sumangla, a homemaker said she had to rush back from Dholewal to pick up her ward. "This is highhandedness on the part of van drivers, who have been harassing our children unnecessarily. We have been paying regular monthly fee to school van operators and it’s their duty to complete the documents,” she said, adding that till 2.30 pm, many students were still waiting for their parents to come.

Kuldeep, a school van driver said the police had set up a check post near the school and many drivers did not ply the vehicles fearing that they would be impounded. Some drivers took the children back home once the check post was removed, he said.

Some drivers stopped the school vans at a distance from schools and asked children to get off the bus. Children were seen walking all the way to the school. Students of GMT School near the Jalandhar bypass were asked walk to their school as traffic cops were checking vehicles near the school. Many students had to miss their school, as school buses did not arrive in the morning.

Soft targets?

School van drivers said it was the ‘strictest’ challan drive ever initiated by the police in the city. Darshan Sabharwal, president of the Association of School van Drivers said the traffic police was targeting them. "But nobody listens to our plight. We cannot afford to buy new school vans, each costing over Rs 8 lakh. Besides we cannot spend so much to get the permit,” said Sabhawral. Drivers also said about 80 per cent of school vans were without proper documents.

Police crackdown

Total challans 325

School buses 67

Jeeps and vans 45

Two-wheelers 145

Three-wheelers 67

Four-wheelers 1


Locals readily give way to ambulances, say drivers
Auto wallahs least bothered about emergency involved
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 10
Most city residents are always quick to give right of way to ambulances with not only adults but also school children moving aside to let the vehicles pass unhindered. These are among the observations of drivers of the 16 emergency ambulances that the health department pressed recently pressed into service.

All the drivers The Tribune spoke to said they were “touched” by the way almost all commuters and pedestrians hurriedly moved to the side of a street whenever they heard an ambulance siren wailing. They added, however, that it were autorickshaws which sometimes created problems by trying to overtake the ambulances in their hurry to reach their destinations faster.

‘‘I’m really moved to see city residents’ reaction to an ambulance that comes from behind and tries to make its way through the dense traffic. They keep stepping aside as soon as they hear us coming. I have never seen anybody not sensitive enough. Even school children have left me pleasantly surprised when they take their two wheelers aside immediately”, said Jatin Malhotra, cluster head of 108 ambulance service in the city.

"Auto drivers are yet to be sensitized about ambulances as they are least bothered about the emergency involved. The pathetic attitude of auto wallahs is evident when they refuse to allow passage for emergency ambulances. In many cases an ambulance gets stuck in traffic jams for more than 30 to 40 minutes, mostly due to autos ignoring traffic rules. Most auto drivers ignore ambulance sirens. And this results in delays in reaching the hospital”, added Malhotra.

Recalling an incident, Inderjeet Singh, one of the ambulance drivers, said: "About 20 days ago I picked up an asthmatic patient on the Chandigarh Road and brought him to the Civil Hospital. When my ambulance neared the Christian Medical College & Hospital it got stuck in a jam for an hour. After a lot of struggle we managed to reach the hospital after 55 minutes”.

Jatin, who supervises all the emergency ambulances, added: "The autos are a big nuisance here. However other vehicles always allow us to pass and even schoolkids step aside when they hear a siren wailing. We are thankful that the traffic cops who sometimes remain at traffic bottlenecks help us in getting through”. Another ambulance driver complained doctors at the Civil Hospital were “not cooperative”. “With the launch of the 108 ambulance service the load on the hospital staff has increased, so whenever any 108 ambulance comes there with a patient the doctors on duty unnecessarily harass the ambulance staff. This results in a delay in getting the patient admitted”.

Over 4,000 patients ferried to hospital

The 108 ambulance service was launched in Ludhiana district on July 2 by the health department as part of a National Rural Health Mission project. “Despite traffic problems we have transported over 4,000 patients to hospitals and assisted accident victims during this time. Two childbirth deliveries have been performed on an ambulance itself while another was done by ambulance staff at the mother’s home and later she and the infant were taken to hospital”, said Jatin Malhotra, cluster head of 108 ambulance service in the city.

Traffic bottlenecks

Ambulance drivers have identified more than half-a-dozen traffic bottlenecks in he city where they often get stuck in jams. They include Samrala Chowk, Partap Chowk, Jagraon Bridge, CMC Chowk, Jalandhar bypass, Gill Chowk and Purana Bazaar.

SMO speaks

I was told about the problems being faced by the staff of 108 ambulances at the Civil Hospital. Some doctors there were reportedly asking ambulance staff to sign here and there but I told all the doctors they didn’t have to sign in different registers. They are supposed to sign only in the medical register as it is their legal responsibility to write down that the patient has been brought in from a particular place.~

Dr Subhash Batta, Senior Medical Officer, Civil Hospital



Jails Minister turns child counsellor
Highlights importance of parents, Punjabi
Gurvinder Singh

Ludhiana, August 10
Jails Minister Hira Singh Gabria turned a child counsellor while addressing Ryan International School function late last evening when he started sermonising the children, asking them to consider their parents’ wishes before getting married.

As soon as the minister brought up the issue, the atmosphere in the packed Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan became reflective.

The minister was the chief guest at the three-day International Children’s Festival of Performing Arts.

He asked the children to obey their parents. “Nobody can be successful without the blessings of parents. Besides, children must marry with the consent of their parents. Marriages against the will of parents do not last long,” he affirmed.

In the earnest exhortation lasting half-an-hour, he said, “Families earlier used to have seven to eight children. But now there are only one or two kids who tend to take advantage of the situation and keep their parents petrified.”

The comments of the minister on the state of society drew a loud applause from the children on the stage. However, nobody knows whether or not the school children understood the minister who spoke in chaste Punjabi.

The audience enjoyed the dance event.

Performances by dance trainers and a hilarious and touching musical by children at Guru Nanak Bhawan last night impressed the audience and the chief guest in the evening.

After congratulating the school administration and children for the wonderful show, the minister said although it was good to learn every language, but learning native language was essential.

“Learning about other cultures is good, but Punjabi culture is also very rich and should also be taught by schools,” said the minister.



Wild growth, filth dot hospital premises
Caught in red tapism, NGO forced to stall clean-up drive
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 10
As the monsoons begin, the health officials start making public announcements to keep surroundings clean. However, they hardly bother to have a look at the premises of district’s Civil Hospital, which remains flooded with patients in all wards, including causality.

Fresh air to breathe is a luxury at the trauma and gynaecology wards of the hospital as wild growth and weeds have mushroomed up in its vicinity which prevents cross ventilation. The filth attracting mosquitoes is dumped beside the boundary wall of the trauma centre where accident victims are taken care of. The hot and humid ambiance in the corridors tells the sorry state of affairs of this hospital. The health officials, however, say: “All is well.”

On August 1, NGO Ann Jal Sewa Trust planned to remove the wild growth on the premises of the hospital, but surrendered to the pathetic attitude of administrative officials.

Talking to The Tribune, Shiv Ram Saroy, president of this NGO, said: “We started a clean up drive and also made a request to the district administration to provide us with the support of the department concerned in our campaign. However, the campaign came to a halt due to the lackadaisical attitude of the administrative officials.”

He further said, “As there are many dangerous reptiles like snakes and scorpions in these weeds, it is not an easy task to clean up this area manually. We requested Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, Rahul Tiwari for help, but in vain.” He said, “We were told by the authorities that there was a proper channel of giving such equipment, so we must come through a channel as the JCB cost Rs 700 per hour.”

He further said that: “We approached ADC (General) SR Kaler and handed over a written application for the same and he assured us that he would forward it to the DC.”

Saroy added that, “I also contacted two Joint Commissioners of the Municipal Corporation, including MC Jaggi and AS Sekhon. They told me that it was not the work of the MC as it came under health department. I later approached Senior Medical Officer Dr Subhash Batta and he asked us to meet Chief Medical Officer Dr HS Bali. Dr Bali said that since it would cost too much to the department, he would make a request to the MC Commissioner about it.” 

I have spoken to the MC Commissioner in this regard. but he said the machine was busy. I also want to get this area cleaned up at the earliest.

Dr HS Bali, CMO, Ludhiana

I have visited that area and found out that even the JCB cannot clean it up. The plants have ripe seeds and operating the machine there would scatter the seeds. Due to rainy season, more plants would grow. So it should be cleaned manually. We will get this area cleaned only after the monsoon.~

AS Sekhon, Joint Commissioner, MC, Ludhiana



Driver robbed of SUV in Sarabha Nagar
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 10
Two carjackers robbed a driver of his Ford Endeavour SUV from the posh Sarabha Nagar area around 10 pm yesterday. The police has filed an FIR but no arrest has been made so far.

Gurdev Singh, SHO of the Sarabha Nagar police station said the driver of the SUV (PB-10-BD-3351), Sunil Kumar, was standing near it. When he tried to sit in the vehicle, two masked persons came and asked for the keys. When Sunil refused to handover the keys, the miscreants threatened and slapped him. They forcibly took the keys fled with the vehicle. The SUV was parked outside the house of its owner Naresh Kumar. 



Jewellery loses out to pure gold
Customers prefer buying 24-carat yellow metal for investment
Hemdeep Kaur

Ludhiana, August 10
With the soaring price of gold in the global market, people are now investing in pure gold rather than buying gold jewellery.

The price for gold had fluctuated thrice since yesterday. The cost of 24-carat gold was Rs 25,900 per 10 gram at 11 am yesterday, which decreased by Rs 50 at 12.45 pm. The price rose to Rs 26,200 at 2 pm.

This morning the price fell to Rs 25,850. However, this decrease did not sustain for long as the price touched Rs 26,000 again in the afternoon.

Anand Sikri, president of the Ludhiana Jewellers’ Association, said: “The rising price of gold has been causing loss to the jewellers as most of the customers are investing in pure gold. Sudden price rise of gold that took place yesterday has entirely changed the purchasing priorities of the customers.”

Sikri added that, “I think gold prices will not decrease now. As far as I know, it will increase by 20 per cent by the end of December.”

However, many women are still in favour of buying gold jewellery rather than investing in pure gold. Anu Wasal, a teacher of social studies in Sheed-é-Ajam Sukhdev Thaper Government Senior Secondary School, said: “I am not interested in buying gold bricks. Women are only concerned with their jewellery. I will purchase gold jewellery when the prices will come down.”



District scan

Transfers condemned" The Punjab Roadways Employees Union in its meeting held under the presidentship of state chief Makhan Singh on Wednesday condemned the mass transfers of Union leaders. He said the joint action committee of the local depot had submitted a memorandum of pending demands to the general manager of Punjab Roadways (PR). But rather than conceding the genuine demands the authorities acted in a vindictive manner by getting the Union activists transferred to other depots. Members of the union asked the government to revoke the unjust transfer orders and rein in the PR management failing which the employees would intensify the agitation.

Public cooperation sought: Congress councillor from ward number 35 Parminder Mehta has urged people to cooperate with the civic administration during the time development works were being executed in their localities. Speaking at the commencement of laying premix carpet in Mohalla Sati Sudan here, he said the traffic movement needed to be suspended during carpeting of roads, streets and laying of road gullies. He said strict instructions had been issued to sanitation staff to improve the level of sanitation in the locality.

PRTC contractual workers strike work: In protest against the failure of the government in accepting their demands, contractual workers of Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) today observed a strike. Addressing a gate rally at the PRTC depot, president of the local unit Jasvir Singh said the government had accepted in principle their demands for scrapping the contractual system, fixation of salaries and stopping unlawful deductions. However, even after three weeks of the meeting held with the Chief Minister and other senior officials, no action had been taken for implementation of the decision.

Safai workers meet Bhattal: Led by activists of Dr Ambedkar Naujawan Sabha, representatives of the Dalit community met leader of the opposition in the Punjab Assembly Rajinder Kaur Bhattal to apprise her of the exploitation of safai workers by the municipal corporation here. Even after giving a categorical assurance, the government had not regularised the safai workers and the MC had not paid their salaries for the past three months. State president of the sabha Raj Kumar Happy and other members of the deputation complained that the shagun scheme meant for Dalit families was also not reaching the beneficiaries. — Tribune Reporters



Outreach centre opens in Dehlon
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 10
The outreach centre in Dehlon that had been waiting for a formal inauguration by some higher officials was finally inaugurated by SHO Maninder Singh Bedi yesterday.

According to the authorities, Residents of over 80 villages falling under the jurisdiction of Gill assembly segment will now be able to receive information from the centre.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Singh Sikand said Dr Sharad Satya Chauhan had directed the officials concerned to open the centre without further delay.

The staff has been directed to update records pertaining to all FIRs and reports registered during the year 2011.

Anybody requiring information in connection with the progress of cases can seek the same under the RTI Act.

Information in connection with property disputes, road accidents, economic offences, bodies of unidentified persons, lost and found vehicles, proclaimed offenders and missing persons will be available at the centre.



Villagers threaten to block highway
Have been without water for days 
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, August 10
Residents of Bassian village here are a harried lot.

With a few villagers failing to pay water bill on time, the water supply to the entire village was cut off by the authorities.

The villagers lamented that officials of the Water Supply and Sewerage Board had expressed their helplessness in supplying water even to the genuine consumers.

The repeated pleas of the villagers have fallen on deaf ears.

On July 28, a large number of villagers, including women and children, took to streets and blocked traffic on the Jagraon-Raikot road for more than three hours to register protest.

“It was only after the local administration had given an assurance that the water supply would be started and the matter would be solved before August 1 that we ended our agitation. But even after a week, no action has been taken,” said a villager.

The villagers said some more verbal assurances were given by the authorities ahead of the Sangat Darshan programme of the Chief Minister at Jagraon. They had even restored the water supply, but after the function concluded, things were back to 
square one.

The villagers have now threatened to block the Ludhiana-Bathinda highway on August 11, if their demand was not met.

Meanwhile, the Sehajdhari Sikh Party also came out in support of the villagers. A delegation of the affected villagers accompanied by representatives of different NGOs and Sehajdhari Sikh Party president Dr PS Ranu submitted a memorandum to the Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner.

SDM Jagraon Baldev Singh could not be contacted despite repeated attempts. 



Symposium on benefits of potassium

Ludhiana: An “International Symposium on Potassium Role and Benefits in Improving Nutrient Management for Food Production, Quality and Reduced Environmental Damages” was held at Punjab Agricultural University today.

It was organised by International Potash Institute (IPI), International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) and OUAT Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology.

PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon said food security was the prime concern. Among different agricultural constraints, the stress due to declining per capita availability of cultivable land and renewable water resources and threat of global warming and uncertainty of climate was important, he said, adding that rice, which was not the traditional crop of Punjab, had covered a larger area. Dr Dhillon said leading soil scientists from the PAU namely Dr GS Sekhon, Dr G Dev, Dr JS Grewal and Dr NS Pasricha were associated with the IPI as directors. He said soil scientists of the PAU in collaboration with the IPI had made notable contributions towards enhancing agricultural production and hoped that the tie-up would grow further in future. He suggested that some mutually beneficial research projects could be developed between the two institutes.

Dr Magen said there were different concerns, including climate change, nitrogen and phosphorus cycles, crop nutrition that needed to be addressed.

Among others present included Dr Hillel Magen, director, IPI, Dr Eldad Sokolowski, agronomist, coordinator, China and India, Dr Surinder K Bansal, director, Potash Research Institute of India, PAU Registrar Dr RK Mahey, director research Dr SS Gosal, director, extension education Dr MS Gill, Dean, College of Agriculture, Dr DS Cheema, technical adviser to the VC Dr PK Khanna, director, electron microscopy and nano science lab, Dr SS Mukhopadhyay, former senior soil scientist Dr MS Brar.

Research papers by eminent scientists on topics of balanced fertilisation such as role of potassium in plant nutrition, importance of soil fertility mapping through GIS and role of potassium in alleviating abiotic stress were presented.

Earlier, Dr MS Brar, organising secretary, said nine papers of the proceedings had been published in the journal plant and soil (Vol 335). — TNS



GADVASU scientists develop ‘Prajanan Calendar’ 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 10
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) scientists RK Sharma and HK Verma have developed a “Prajanan Calendar” (reproduction calendar) for the benefit of dairy farmers of Punjab.

The calendar will help dairy farmers to keep a vigil on the current reproductive status of their animals. The reproductive records of animals can be easily analysed by using this calendar for the day of next heat, day of pregnancy diagnosis, expected day of delivery in cattle and buffalo.

Thus, reproductive efficiency of animals gets improved leading to more calf crops resulting in higher milk production. Dr Kubir Singh Sandhu, director of extension education, GADVASU, said a book on ‘Dairy Pashuan da Prajanan Prabandh’ (reproductive management of dairy animals) has also been prepared by scientists HK Verma, RK Sharma and Rajesh Kasrija. It is a comprehensive book covering all aspects of reproductive of dairy animals, including nutrition interaction, repeat breeding, anestrus, prolapse, bull management, artificial induction of lactation in sterile animals, record keeping and embryo transfer technology. It is a complete reference book in Punjabi language for the livestock farmers. GADVASU is having various publications in Punjabi for the livestock farmers, including one monthly magazine “Vigyanak Pashu Palan”.

Dr Sandhu said the Indian population was showing an upward trend and to meet the demand of ever-increasing population, the production had to be increased. The enhancement in production is possible through reproduction, which is the basis for production. Further, In India, milk is very important ingredient of diet.

Although India is number one in the milk production, still the recommended amount of milk as specified by the WHO is not available to the people. So we need to have more milk, which is possible through reproduction, he said. 



Students excel

Ludhiana: Students of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, Ludhiana, have proved their excellence in the Panjab University annual examination. Sofia Bhandari, a student of MA-I (sociology) stood second in university by securing 80.25 per cent. Harjinder Kaur secured the third position in the university by securing 78.25 per cent. Poonam Bansal stood fourth with 77.25 per cent. Principal of the college Dr Charanjit Kaur Mahal and president Gurbir Singh congratulated students on their achievement.

Principals honoured: Avantika, an organisation of intellectuals and contemporary artists, organised an award function. Around 26 principals were given Rajiv Gandhi Education Excellency Award.

Teej celebrated: Teej was celebrated at BVM, Udham Singh Nagar. Swings were put up. A mehndi competition was also held.

NCC camp concludes: A 10-day NCC camp concluded at SCD Government College. Students presented a cultural programme. A prize distribution function was held. — TNS



Despite ban, violations rampant in city
Smoking in public places goes unchecked
Hemdeep Kaur

Ludhiana, August 10
Despite the Government of India imposing a ban on smoking in public places in 2003, a number of violations has been reported in the city.

Laxity on part of officials has worsened the situation.

Be it markets, roads and public offices, one can see violators taking quick puffs at their cigarettes. Even the presence of cops does not discourage them.

A nationwide ban on smoking at workplace, in restaurants, hotels, pubs, public transport (buses, trains and metros), airports and railway stations, educational institutions, cafes, theatres and other public places came into effect from October 2, 2008. It seems that the officials themselves are not keen on taking appropriate measures to check the violations.

Surprisingly, the DHO has no idea about the number of challans issued to offenders.

DHO Kulvinder Singh said, “We have been holding meetings in this regard. I will direct the SMO to look into the matter.”



Youth Akali Dal leader’s convoy leads to traffic jam
Had come to file nomination
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 10
A traffic jam was witnessed on city roads, including Ferozepur road, today when Gurdeep Singh Gosha, president, Youth Akali Dal, Delhi, and joint candidate of Panthak groups for the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee elections, came to file his nomination at the Mini Secretariat. Gosha was accompanied by around 200 supporters, who came in about 100 vehicles and thus caused a traffic jam on the Jalandhar road and Ferozepur road. The SGPC elections are on September 18.

His convoy started from Salem Tabri this afternoon. Among others present included Paramjit Singh Sarna, president, Akali Dal, Delhi, Jaswinder Singh Baliawal, president of the Punjab Unit of Akali Dal and Trade Wing president Balwinder Singh Bhullar. Gosha was honoured with siropas by his supporters at Gurdwara Gurusagar Salem Tabri. A special prayers session was also held.



Infighting within SAD comes to fore
Party denies ticket to Akali councillor’s wife
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 10
The infighting within the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) has once again come to the fore with Sukhwinder Kaur Sokhi, wife of Akali councillor Jagbir Singh Sokhi, being denied a ticket for the upcoming Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) elections.

Jagbir Singh Sokhi is a staunch supporter of Youth Akali Dal leader Simarjit Singh Bains, who is an opponent of Cabinet Minister Hira Singh Gabria.

In place of Sukhwinder Kaur Sokhi, the Shiromani Akali Dal has fielded Rajinder Kaur, wife of Pritpal Singh Pali, president of Dukh Niwaran Gurdwara, from Ludhiana West 71 constituency, which is shared by SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar.

She is presently an SGPC member from Ludhiana South 71 (women reserved constituency). She had contested the last SGPC elections on the ticket of Akali Dal (Amritsar) and had later joined the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal).

Sources within the Akali Dal said last month Jagbir Singh Sokhi and three other councillors of the Bains group had organised a press conference against Hira Singh Gabria, which didn’t go down well with Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.

“In view of the upcoming Assembly elections, the party councillors should not go public against their own party’s minister. Gabria is believed to have lobbied hard against Sokhi and which is why the ticket was given to wife of Pritpal Singh Pali,” informed a party insider.

Reacting to this development, Jagbir Singh Sokhi said he was a disciplined party worker and would stick to the party’s decision.

Simarjit Singh Bains and his supporters have always remained at loggerheads with Gabria as well as Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura.

Battle of ballots

y Though Balwinder Singh Bains, elder brother of Simarjit Singh Bains, has managed to get a party ticket, Simarjit is also believed to be a contender for the Assembly elections to be held in September.

}Now that Sokhi’s wife has been denied an SGPC ticket, he may not retaliate as Bains is lobbying hard to get a ticket for the Assembly elections. if his group members oppose the party’s decision now, it may have some impact on Bains’s candidature as well — A party leader



Ailing woman needs financial help
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 10
Thirty-year-old Pema, who is suffering from tuberculosis, needs financial help. Recently, she was operated upon at Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana. Her urinary bladder, which was small in size, could not store urine. Pema’s kidneys have also stopped working due to tuberculosis.

“An amount of Rs 2 lakh is needed for her treatment,” stated a press release issued by the hospital. Good samaritans can contact the Medical Superintendent of the hospital.



CME on bariatric surgery
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 10
The Indian Medical Association, Machhiwara, conducted a CME on bariatric surgery and its role in treating patients suffering from type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Dr Ashish Ahuja, bariatric (obesity) surgeon, and Dr Sandeep Kundra, assistant professor of anaesthesia, attended the CME.

Dr Ahuja said 85 per cent of medical conditions like type 2 diabetes mellitus, blood pressure, sleep disorders and migraine could be cured after performing bariatric surgery. 



UK riots: Relatives worried 
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 10
Following violence in various cities of England, relatives of Ludhiana residents living there are a worried lot as almost all TV channels are showing news about violent protests.

Satbir Kaur Sandhu, a resident of Citizen Enclave area, said that her daughter Tanvir Johal and son-in-law Manpreet Singh Johal live in Maidenhead (UK). “Every time I see news of rioting and violence in the UK, my heart misses a beat. I am worried about the well-being of my children as my son-in-law works in London,” she said.

Another city resident, SR Kler, who is also the Additional Deputy Commissioner of the city, said he is worried as both his children live in England.

“My daughter Rupinderjit Kler is in Coventry, while Sunjeet Singh Kler is in London.”

“I keep speaking to both of them and am keeping a close watch on the state of affairs there.

My children told me that the government there is trying its best to restore peace and I am hopeful that things would be fine soon,” said Kler.



Lawyers to boycott court: Mittal 
Rajneesh Lakhanpal
Our Legal Correpondent

Ludhiana, August 10
District Bar Association president Ashok Mittal has announced to boycott the court of a local Judicial Magistrate.

Mittal claimed that the Judicial Magistrate misbehaved with him and asked him to go out of the court when he sought adjournment in a case titled “Guru Nanak Education Trust versus Jagat Singh”.

Earlier, the DBA president had moved a transfer application in the court of Sessions Judge, Ludhiana, SP Bangarh. During the hearing in the transfer application, lawyer of the opposite party Parveen Garg had opposed the transfer of case. He had pleaded that after so many hearings the arguments were concluded and there was no fun in transfering the case.

Mittal had stressed for filing reply by the opposite party. But the opposite lawyer Parveen Garg adressed his arguments and stressed for disposal of the application. The said application was dismissed by the court of the Sessions Judge, this afternoon, with the observation that there was no ground for tansfer of case.

Later, talking to mediapersons, the DBA president levelled allegations against the said Judicial Magistrate. Several lawyers raised slogans outside the court of the said magistrate and even sat on dharna for sometime. The Sessions Judge was not available for version, as his cellphone was switched off.



Draft bill on land acquisition hailed 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 10
The Bharti Kisan Union has hailed the draft bill on land acquisition prepared by the Centre saying an attempt to safeguard the interests of the farmers and curb their forcible eviction from fertile land is welcome.

Talking to mediapersons after a meeting of the state executive here today, BKU chief Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, however, expressed his reservations on the proposal to lift the government control from prices of diesel and fertilisers. If given effect, the free run for the monopolistic traders, manufacturers and oil companies would have disastrous effects and the exploitation of farmers and common people would increase manifold, he said.

Lakhowal said the crude oil prices in the global market had crashed by around 50 per cent recently, but the oil companies had not reduced the retail prices even by a fraction. "The silence being maintained by the government raises many doubts about its intentions, he added.

On the major shift in the policy on subsidies to provide direct relief to the intended sections, the BKU president asked the government to disburse direct subsidy on farm inputs to the farmers as well while also making public the quantum of such subsidies.

He lamented that even after the Union Agriculture Minister had given an assurance to a delegation of farmers to fix the support price of paddy on the basis of cost of inputs, the government had failed to provide the remunerative price, which worked out to Rs 1,580 per quintal.



SDP boys wrap up u-16 title
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, August 10
Fine batting performance by Jaswinder Singh (25 not out) and equally valuable allround contributions by Faizal (2 for 7 and 10 runs) steered SDP Senior Secondary School, Hazuri road branch, to a hard fought two-wicket victory over Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University, in the final of the Ludhiana Inter-School Cricket Tournament (u-16) organised by the Punjab education department on the SDP College for Women ground here today.

Government Model School won the toss and opted to bat. In the stipulated 10 overs they made 45 runs for the loss of eight wickets. The main contributors were Prince and Puneet who chipped in with 11 and 10 runs, respectively, while Karan made 9 runs.

For SDP School, Pawan Kumar claimed two victims for 4 runs and Faizal also grabbed two wickets for 7 runs while Abhinav took two for 10.

SDP began their reply on a sedate note as they also found themselves in dire straits. However, Jaswinder Singh steadied the innings and remained unbeaten on 25 runs to help his side to achieve the target with five balls to spare. In the process, SDP lost eight wickets. Other notable scorers were Faizal and Dharampreet who scored 10 and 9 runs, respectively.

For the losing side, Shubh and Karan scalped two wickets each after conceding 8 and 12 runs, respectively.

Earlier, in the day, in the semifinal, SDP School routed Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines branch, by 10 wickets to secure a berth in the title clash match. Put into bat, Kundan Vidya Mandir could muster 55 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 10 overs. Nimit Malhan top scored with 26 runs while Simran contributed 10 runs.

For SDP School, Abhinav captured three wickets while Jaswinder Singh and Minku took two wickets each. SDP surpassed KVM’s score in 6.3 overs without losing a wicket. Faizal and Chetan remained unconquered on 37 and 18 runs, respectively.



City lad becomes Canadian junior wrestling champ
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 10
An NRI teenager has made the city proud by winning the 2011 Canadian national freestyle wrestling championship in the 50 kg category. Sukhan Chahal, 18, also holds the no 11 world ranking in this weight class, and had recently participated in the Junior World Wrestling Championship held in Romania.

Sukhan, who along with his parents and brother emigrated to Canada in 2004, took up the sport of wrestling in 2007. Before going abroad he was studying at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School in the city’s Randhir Singh Nagar locality. He started out with representing his school in basketball but his dreams began to fade by the time he entered class 9. “I was small in stature but physically strong and agile,” he says shyly.

However, Sukhan caught the eye of his school coach who was trying to kickstart the school's wrestling team. Initially he played half-heartedly only to amaze even himself with his performance at a provincial tournament. He then joined the Khalsa Wrestling Club in Cloverdale, British Columbia and began training there under coach Garfield Gary.

“I gave my best and won two provincial titles, including the 42 kg Canadian cadet title in 2008 as well as the FILA 46 kg title in 2009,” said Sukhan, who is currently in town along with his father, Surinder Pal Singh, Chahal, and other family members.

After graduating from high school he enrolled in Simon Fraser University at Surrey, BC. “When I was at the university I continued with my sport. One day I came to know I had been selected to represent Canada in the Junior World Wrestling Championship to be held in Bucharest, Romania from July 24 to 30. It was because of my performance there that now I’m now world no 11 in my weight class. The university sporting season is all set to start from next September and I’m all charged up for that. I hope I’ll be able to continue my winning streak,” averred Sukhan.



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