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Man, child feared drowned
Speeding car hits scooter, motorcycle; driver on the run
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, March 24
Two persons, including a child, were feared drowned while two others were seriously injured when a scooter and a motorcycle were hit by a speeding car at a bridge on the Sirhind feeder canal near Akhara village, 6 km from Jagraon, late this evening. The fifth person survived with minor injuries.

The accident took place at around 9.15 pm when three persons, including a child, on a scooter were hit by a speeding Hyundai Verna (PB21 D-0022). The car also hit a motorcycle from the rear.

The impact of the collision with the scooter was so powerful that a man and his child fell into the canal while the woman fell on the road. The woman has been identified as Kulwant Kaur of Rommi village near Jagraon.

Two youths riding the motorcycle were also injured. One of the injured has been identified as Gurpreet Singh of Jhoraran village near Raikot. The identity of the second youth, whose leg was fractured in the accident, could not be ascertained.

The car driver fled from the spot, leaving behind the car. The police launched a rescue operation for those who fell into the canal. The search operation was not easy as it had gone dark. It is feared that both of them might have drowned.

The police rushed the injured to the Civil Hospital at Jagraon. “The car was speeding when it first hit the scooter and later our bike. It seemed the driver was drunk. Immediately after the accident, he disappeared from the scene,” said Gurpreet Singh.

The woman is unconscious, but doctors say her condition is stable. The police has confiscated the car.

Sub-Inspector Gurmeet Singh said during the search of the car, the police recovered Rs 20,000, some files of Punjab Mandi Board, receipt of petrol payment and some other documents. Though it is not yet known who owns the car, the documents will help trace the accused. The probability of the car belonging to a government official has also not been ruled out.

Nasty mishap

The accident took place at around 9.15 pm when three persons, including a child, on a scooter were hit by a speeding Hyundai Verna. The car also hit a motorcycle from the rear. The impact of the collision with the scooter was so powerful that a man and his child fell into the canal while a woman fell on the road.



Four addicts held for engg student’s murder
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 24
The four drug addicts, who brutally killed a first-year engineering student Sukhwinder Singh Sunny on his birthday on March 20, have been arrested. The incident has again highlighted the fact how the menace of drugs has infested the area and given rise to crime at Jodhewal and the surrounding areas.

The accused have been identified as Mani Kumar, Manjit Singh, Butta Singh and Komal Kumar. They have allegedly confessed to the police that road rage led to Sunny’s murder.

The incident also exposes the cowardice of residents. During investigation it was found that nearly 100 residents of the locality witnessed the killing, but no one gathered the courage to confront the killers. Initially, the residents were even reluctant to give details about the killers to the police.

The victim was returning home after shopping for his birthday when he met with an accident involving the accused in the Jodhewal Basti area. Sunny had a heated argument with the accused who were reportedly high on smack. After the argument, Sunny reached his house and the accused followed him.

One of the accused challenged him to a fight. Sunny followed him to a spot, but it turned out to be a trap. All the four accused surrounded him and attacked him with sharp-edged weapons.

The accused are hardened criminals and have been booked in several cases of theft and snatching. “My heart goes out to Sunny’s parents. Sunny was innocent and had a promising career ahead of him. Had he not met with an accident with these addicts, he would have been alive,” said ADCP Sushil Kumar.



Theft at ADCP’s house; maid flees with Rs 10,000
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 24
A maid employed by the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP-II), Satveer Atwal, allegedly fled with Rs 10,000 and an ipad from his residence. The incident has left the police embarrassed. The theft came to light here today when the police booked Sunita and launched an operation to nab her.

The ASI, Bhupinder Singh, said the maid had been hired a few months ago through a Delhi-based agency.

The maid committed the theft when the officer was not in the house. She took away the cash and ipad lying in a drawer.

The investigating officer said the Delhi-based firm had been intimated about the incident. The firm has given the address of the accused to the police, which will conduct a raid at her native village to nab her.

The police said Sunita was not required to be registered by the local police as she was a registered employee of the firm.



Burden on litigants mounts
Non-availability of stamp papers of certain denominations
Mohit Khanna/Rajneesh Lakhanpal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 24
The cash-starved state government has found a novel way to bail itself out of the financial crisis. It has been nearly a month, but the government has not made available proper denominations of stamp and court stamp papers (court fee) required to be fixed on case files and to seek several case-related documents. In the absence of stamps, litigants are left with no option but to spend more money on buying court stamp tickets.

A stamp vendor of the District Bar Association (DBA) said on the condition of anonymity that the denominations of Re 1 and Rs 20 were available, but the commonly used court fee in the form of Rs 5 and Rs 10, respectively, were not available.

“The common man is yet to recover from the heavy taxes imposed in the Budget and another way to burn their pockets has been devised by the government to fill its empty coffers,” said a senior advocate, AK Jindal.

According to an estimate, the non-availability of stamps has doubled the cost of cases. It has been a fortnight since the secretary of the DBA wrote to the district treasury officer, but to no avail.

“The litigants are shelling out more money for seeking justice. The non-availability of stamps and court fee have come as an added burden on the poor, who frequent the courts,” another senior advocate, Munish Purang, said.

The maximum court fee available at present is in the denomination of Rs 5,000 only. In certain cases where the court fee is required to be affixed in lakhs, the court fee papers outnumber the other papers required for the case.

Mohan Singh of Haibowal and Rahul Kumar of Mali Gunj, who were visiting the courts complex in connection with a case, said the stamps of Rs 5 and Rs 10, which were frequently used, should be made available in plenty.

Senior advocate RK Sharma said: “It amounts to organised cheating. Why should poor litigants be forced to shell out more money when their work gets done by affixing stamps of Rs 5 and Rs 10 denomination?”

Court fee papers of higher denominations should also be printed by the government in large numbers to save wastage of paper, he said.

Om Parkash Sharma, a clerk at the courts complex, said: “Litigants fight with us and complain that we are charging more money on the pretext of non-availability of the required court fee stamps. It is time the government takes cognizance of the situation and provides a remedy to harassed poor litigants.”



world tb day
Extra pulmonary TB major concern
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 24
TB bacilli can attack any part of human body. But very few people know about this fact. As many as 20 per cent persons in the world suffer from extra pulmonary TB (tuberculosis). It affects other organs of the body. Dr Ashish Chawla, district tuberculosis officer, said while talking to Ludhiana Tribune on the occasion of World TB Day.

Chawla said,"75 to 80 per cent percent suffer from pulmonary tuberculosis. But TB bacilli can affect any part of the body. It may affect the spinal cord, brain, intestine, skin, lymph nodes, cervical etc. So whenever anyone comes across symptoms like persisting fever, cough, weight loss, loss of appetite, lump in any part of body, one should consult a doctor."

Although with increased awareness level, more people suffering from TB have started reporting at hospitals, but to make people aware in far -flung areas, People Services International, an NGO, today launched a van "Balgam Bhai". Dr Subhash Batta, chief medical officer, flagged off the van from Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital. It will work in rural as well as urban areas of Ludhiana for two months.

Contact number

The "Balgam Bhai” van with two volunteers will tell the people about the symptoms of TB, its treatment and also about the nearest microscopic centres for sputum test etc. Anyone who is interested in getting to know about the disease or wants to seek any information regarding the treatment can contact a toll free number 80010880808.



Cancer patient needs help

SunilLudhiana, March 24
Eighteen-year-old Sunil, a resident of Model Town here, has been suffering from sarcoma and is under treatment at Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre at Rohini in Delhi since March 12.

Dr Gauri Kapoor, director paediatric haematology and oncology at the institute, said his treatment was likely to continue for a year and he had been advised chemotherapy and radiotherapoy. The approximate cost of treatment was Rs 8 lakh.

The patient’s elder brother Sonu said: “We are three brothers and sisters and me and family work as washermen. We cannot afford the treatment. We appeal to the public to donate for his treatment. Anyone willing to donate can contact us on 9653936437.” — TNS



Documentaries, fashion show sum up students’ fest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 24
A 10-day long International Students’ Fest concluded today .In the finale, foreign students displayed their talent in fashion show, dramatics, music, dance, etc., and documentary of their respective countries showing their culture and rich heritage.

Balunyura Baker, Education Attaché, Embassy of Uganda ,was the guest of honour.

The function started with screening of documentaries from different countries. The different cultural dresses were showcased through fashion shows, which enlightened the audience on how people in different countries dressed. The first was a casual wear in which there was a mixture of traditional casual as well as western casual. The second round of fashion show was the cultural wear in which all participants portrayed their traditional clothing with a western touch to it. The main idea was to show trendy designs made of different cultural fabric for different countries.



park plaza
Stall put up by special children gets good response
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 24
A stall put up by Nirdosh, a school for mentally challenged children, received good response on the first day of the two-day “Carnival of Joy” shopping festival organised at Park Plaza run by the Inner Wheel Club in the city.

There were bags, gift papers, envelopes and embroidery created by these special children with the support of the staff at the school. "Buying these products will not only serve my purpose, but also add to the good cause. There is always a sense of satisfaction contributing towards a cause. I can see the effort the children have put in for the creation of the items here," said Anju Nagpal, a resident of Civil Lines.

The team also received queries about how they could contribute and help in the endeavours of the club. "Although the response is good, but we expect more residents to come forward and pay more attention to the efforts of the children and provide their whole-hearted support," said Navneet Kaur, president of the club.

The fashion exhibition showcased about 52 stalls that exhibited fashionable suits, jewellery, accessories, home décor, furniture from different parts of the country, and also from Dubai. There was a stall on glass furniture by “The Home Coming” that attracted many. Varieties of suits were being appreciated by women. A stall had suits on the theme of "blonde-lushness". It had sarees that could be worn like a skirt and was a combination of Indian and western design.



Club elections a serious affair
Shivani Bhakoo/Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 24
About 20 contestants are in the fray for the Sutlej Club elections scheduled for tomorrow and members are being bombarded with messages for support. The most coveted post is that of the general secretary. Sanjeev Dhanda, the present general secretary, claims that since he has “vast” experience and had taken the club to new heights, he should come again to serve members in a better way.

On the other hand, Dr Rohit Dutta, who is contesting for the first time, feels that fresh minds could do wonders by bringing in innovative ideas to make the club a better place.

A government official, who is an honorary member of the club, said on the condition of anonymity that for the past five days, contestants had made his life “hell”. “We are not going to misuse our powers. And why should we indulge in their petty politics when we have nothing to win or lose?” he said.

Fed up with the messages being sent by individuals and groups, a member remarked: “Where is the need for all this? I know for whom I have to vote. I do not even bother to read the messages. It is shocking that almost all the business houses are supporting one candidate or another. It is a club election and should be treated that way.”



Use name of Edith Brown along with CMC: Union
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 24
The Brown Memorial Hospital Employees Union today celebrated Dr Edith Brown’s 148th birth anniversary at Isa Nagari playground. Akali leader Kulwant Singh Dukhiya presided over the function while Darshan Arora chairman, Ludhiana Citizen Council Union, inaugurated the function.

On the occasion, B M Fredrick, secretary of the union, appealed to CMC to use the name of Dr Edwin Brown along with the name of CMC in its documents. He said that the name of the hospital should be Brown memorial Hospital and the road leading to the hospital should be called as Dr Brown Road.



Punjab dominate on day 1
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, March 24
The hosts, Punjab, dominated the proceedings winning 5 out of 10 titles which were decided on the opening day of the 4th Senior National Kurash Championship being organised by the Punjab Kurash Association at Shastri Badminton Hall here today.

Haryana that won the overall championship in the last edition of this championship held at Ernakulam had a sedate start winning two titles while last year's runners-up, Delhi too won two titles today and Karnataka players also finished to win gold. In the women's section, Punjab and Delhi shared honours clinching two titles each.

Earlier, Prof Rajinder Bhandari, former Punjab state president of BJP and Rajeev Katna, president of Ludhiana unit of the BJP along with Teja Singh Dhaliwal, honorary secretary, Punjab Basketball Association, inaugurated the championship in which over 350 participants from across the country are taking part.

Players from Punjab exhibited great agility and technique to overpower their opponents to stamp their superiority. The opening day witnessed the biggest upset when Abhishek Rana of Delhi who pipped international and experienced Anup Malik from Haryana when he was put to mat within 30 seconds in the below 60-kg weight group.

In the open weight category, the bout between Avtar Singh of Punjab and star Manjeet Nandal of Haryana turned out to be a keenly contested affair in which the former came out triumphant with a narrow margin of just one fall.

First day' results

(Women) below 48 kg: Neha Thakur of Delhi 1st, Shikha Thakur of Chandigarh 2nd, Neha of Punjab and Suman of Haryana 3rd.

Below 52 kg: Samta Rane of Karnatka 1st, Khushbu of Delhi 2nd, Monu of Haryana and Varsha Rani of Punjab 3rd.

Below 57 kg: Sumayana of Punjab 1st, Ankit of Delhi 2nd, Sarabjeet Bajwa of Madhya Pradesh and Sushila of Rajasthan 3rd.

Below 70 kg: Suman of Punjab 1st, Anjali Chauhan of Madhya Pradesh 2nd, Komal of Haryana and Deepika of Delhi 3rd.

Below 78 kg: Jyoti of Delhi 1st, Manisha Sharma of Punjab 2nd, Reetu of Haruana and Ritika of Chandigarh 3rd.

(Men) Below 60 kg: Abhishek Rana of Delhi 1st, Anup Malik of Haryana 2nd, Manpreet Singh of Punjab and Yallappa S Gourav of Karnataka 3rd.

Below 90 kg: Jaswinder Singh of Punjab 1st, Bijender Singh of Delhi 2nd, Narendra of Haryana and Shekan Mirza of Jammu and Kashmir 3rd.

Below 100 kg: Anil Joura of Punjab 1st, Manoj of Delhi 2nd, Mukesh Kumar of Jammu and Kashmir, Rakesh of Chandigarh 3rd.

Above 100 kg: Parikshit Kumar of Haryana 1st, Vishnu MS of Kerala 2nd, Rajpal Singh of Punjab and Ayush Basista of Delhi 3rd.



Eventful day at Genesis-2012
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 24
"GENESIS 2012” was organized at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana, on Thursday. Dr MS Saini, director of the college, inaugurated the annual function. Gurcharan Singh Gill, honorary director, Nankana Sahib Education Trust, was the chief guest.

A musical extravaganza was organised and there were five group dance events. Light vocal and folk songs drew applause from the audience. The fusion band was the highlight of the function.

The unique feature of the GENESIS 2012 was the flash mob, which was the brainchild of students of the college.

Poetry and skit competitions were also organised. In the MBA block, Rangoli, on-the -spot painting, collage making, clay modelling, cartooning, poster-making, mehndi, nail art, photography and fine arts exhibition were organised in which boys and girls participated in large numbers. Dr YS Brar, dean, Prof. Kanwaljit Singh and Arvind Dhingra were the main organisers.



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