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hospital fire
Panic grips Parents
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

The owner of the hospital
The owner of the hospital. Tribune photographs

Ludhiana September 25
It was a horrific day for the mothers of infants, who were in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Deep Hospital when short-circuit took place there this evening. As smoke filled the ICU, the mothers panicked. There was nothing much parent could have done than desperately praying for the lives of their children after short-circuit took place in the ICU. Panicked mothers have no words to say about the condition of their children.

The hospital authorities have shifted the infants from the ICU to other rooms where parents can take a look at the infants but can't identify their beloved ones.

Amarjit Kaur, from Jagraon, the aunt of a newly born, said, "The baby was delivered premature so he has been in the ICU for 6 days. I had a look at the baby around 3.30 and every thing was fine. After that I went to the top floor of the hospital. I heard the sound of breaking glass when doctors broke the glass of the ICU. I rushed towards the ICU and saw staff nurses were shifting the infants. Smoke was billowing out of the ICU. That was the most terrible moment of my life".

"After one hour doctors told us that our child is safe. But I want to see him as soon as they give him to us," she added.

Nirbhai Singh, whose baby was about to be discharged from the nursery and he was in the hospital to take him along, said, "We were about to leave the hospital and competing the formalities for the discharge of the baby. Meanwhile, someone informed us that a fire had broken out in the ICU. Our baby was still in the ICU so we started prying to the almighty for his life".

Another parent said, "The hospital authorities shifted the infants to ordinary rooms. These infants require extra care as they are under treatment. But, the infants, who were on ventilator, can catch infection in ordinary rooms. Moreover, the hospital staff laid them all on one bed".

Meanwhile, Dr Baldeep Singh said, "After the incident of the Rajindera Hospital, Patiala, we are well equipped to face such kind of incidents. We used to conduct fire mock drills involving the staff. Today, when an employee told me about short circuit in the ICU, I rushed to the room along with a fire extinguisher and controlled the situation in minutes".

"With the grace of god all the infants are safe".


Child dies, two hurt as structure falls on them
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
A three-year-old boy was killed and two children were critically injured after a dilapidated structure, which was being demolished by workers, collapsed near Gill Colony at Daba here today.

The victim, who has been identified as Lucky, was playing along with his friends when the incident took place.

While two of his friends were rescued and rushed to a hospital, the victim got buried in the rubble and died instantly.

According to information, Lucky's father Vajinder Kumar was demolishing the worn-out factory unit along with other workers.

Eyewitness said while demolishing the structure the lintel collapsed on the children.

Soon the factory workers launched a rescue operation and pulled the children out of the rubble.

While Lucky got buried under the rubble and died, two children sustained critical injuries.

According to Jatinderjit Singh, SHO, Daba, a case under section 304-A of the IPC has been registered against the owner of the factory, Surinder Singh.



3 injured in 'accidental' fire
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
Three persons, including a woman and her seven-month pregnant daughter, sustained bullet injuries following an "accidental" fire from the weapon of a gunman hired by the owner of a liquor vend on the Chandigarh Road here today.

While Sunita was hit by bullet pellets on the shoulder, her daughter, identified as Kanchan, suffered bullet injuries near the neck. However, another commuter escaped with minor injuries and was discharged from a hospital following first aid.

According to SHO Raj Kumar, said the gunman hired by the owner of a liquor vend was sitting at the vend, when suddenly a shot was fired from his .12-bore gun, injuring three passersby.

The mother-daughter duo reached the police station and lodged a complaint against the owner of the liquor vend and his gunman.

They were taken to a hospital where they are undergoing treatment.

The gunman has reportedly absconded.

The SHO said the police would register a case after recording the statement of the victim.



Eleven challaned for smoking at public places
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
Eleven persons were challaned today for smoking at public places and selling tobacco products in contravention of the law. A team of officials from the Health Department, along with the members of the Anti-Narcotics Cell, today conducted a random check at various places in the city, and those flouting the Anti-Tobacco Act were challaned on the spot.

Under the directions of Civil Surgeon Subhash Batta and District Health Officer (DHO) Kulwinder Singh, a team, led by Medical Officer Anil Verma, conducted a check at the Bus Stand, Gill Road, Partap Chowk, Dholewal Chowk, Vishawkarma Chowk and Jagraon Bridge. The team was accompanied by head constables Maluk Singh and Sarbjit Singh from the Anti-Narcotics Cell.

Dr Kulwinder Singh said the drive against smokers at public places was conducted on a regular basis. "A fine up to Rs 200 is imposed on those found smoking at public places," he added.

Later, the team conducted a check on the rehris selling eatables, including 'tikki', 'chaat' and 'samosas'. The eatables that had been left uncovered were destroyed and a warning was issued to the erring vendors. Besides, overripe and rotten fruits were also destroyed and the vendors were cautioned against selling unhygienic food items.

"Initially, the vendors are issued a warning. There is also a provision to fine them. When required, we collect samples of eatables. If a sample is found unfit for human consumption, a case is registered against the erring vendor," said Dr Batta.

He added that earlier it was not easy to keep a check on vendors selling eatables unfit for human consumption. "If we took the samples, the vendors should change location and shift to another locality. However, the provision of registration has made it easier to track the vendors."

The drive against the vendors selling unhygienic food items would continue, said the DHO.



PU Senate elections
Results announced
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
Dr Parveen Kaur Chawla, principal of Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women, has been elected as the Senator from the principals’ constituency.

Elated Chawla thanked the voters for restoring faith in her. Soon after the news, the teachers and management members congratulated her. She won the election in the first round and got nine votes.

"Well, I am satisfied with the outcome. My aim will be to bring forth the problems of the students and teachers. I would try my best to redress their problems at the earliest," said Parveen Kaur Chawala.

Managing committee member, including Inder Singh and staff members while congratulating her, said that she achieved the position through her hard work and sincere effort.

Harpreet Dua, assistant professor GGN Khalsa College, won the Senate elections for the record third time. He said he would make sure that teachers get salaries according to the UGC guidelines. Dr Mukesh Arora said, “Getting the vacant posts in colleges filled is on my priority list. We need research centres in colleges. It is imperative to reform the leave system.”



Regularisation of unauthorised colonies
Real estate sector faces crisis
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 25
Delay on the part of the Punjab government to come up with a simplified and clear-cut policy on regularisation of unauthorised colonies has pushed the developers and the real estate sector in a state of total crisis.

It’s not only the developers who are under the threat of going out of business, the government, too, facing revenue losses due to a virtual ban on registration of sale deeds in unauthorised colonies.

Making a fervent plea to the government to fulfil its poll promise, the Punjab Coloniser and Property Dealers Association president Kultar Singh Jogi said the real estate sector had come to a complete halt, and development of residential colonies was the worst hit due to the uncertainty factor on regularisation and restrictions of registration of sale deeds.

However, if the failure of the Punjab government to file a reply to the petition pending before the Punjab and Haryana High Court on this issue on at least three opportunities during this month itself is any indication, notifying a policy at this juncture is almost out of question.

Refusing to come on record, senior officials of the Housing and Urban Development Department said that the government has no other option but to wait till the writ petition is disposed of and directions on regularisation of unauthorised colonies are given by the High Court.

“The High Court’s directions will form the basis of any revision in the existing policy, and even on the decision on whether the government should regularise more than 3,500 unlicensed colonies (unofficial reports put the figure at 15,000) in the state,” they said.

The interim orders of the High Court put ban on all construction activity in illegal colonies. Special teams of officials were asked to be set up to monitor all construction activity and to demolish any structure having been put up after the date of HC orders. The developers expect little or no relief from the judiciary which has, apparently, taken a tough stand against unregulated development and illegal construction.

Jogi said the government ought to take account of the future of lakhs of inhabitants of unlicensed colonies, who had invested their hard earned money to buy the dwelling units in such colonies. “Now that the concerned local bodies had approved their building plans, and the power utility had given electricity connections to the houses constructed in these colonies across the state, there is no justification in denying basic amenities to the residents, especially when the buyers or in many cases the developers are prepared to pay composition fee and development charges," he added.

Jogi pointed out that the issue was crucial and future of lakhs of lower and upper middle class people depended on the course of action that the government may take. He pleaded that if required, a special session of the Punjab Assembly be convened to bring the necessary amendment in the laws and facilitate composition of unauthorised colonies across the state in a simplified and practical manner.

Future of many at stake

The issue is crucial as the future of many lower and upper-middle class people are at stake, said Punjab Coloniser and Property Dealers Association president Kultar Singh Jogi.



Three cases of dengue confirmed
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
Three fresh cases of dengue were confirmed in the city today, taking the total number of dengue cases this season to 42.

District Epidemiologist Puneet Juneja said the Health Department had found larval breeding at four places, including colleges and hospitals, in the Sabzi Mandi area today. At least 17 water coolers were found to be having larval breeding.

He added that last year the dengue cases had peaked post-monsoon in October. "If adequate precautions are not taken, this time too we may have more dengue cases."

Dr Juneja advised the public to keep their houses and surroundings clear of stagnant water. He also suggested that full-sleeve shirts be worn to prevent mosquito bites.

Meanwhile, the Health Department has issued letters to Medical Superintendents of various city hospitals, asking them to certify every week that there is no breeding of mosquitoes on the hospital campus.

"Till date we have issued letters to at least 15 hospitals, including the hospitals where larval infestation was found in water coolers and other places," said Dr Juneja.

"The self-certification by the hospital authorities is a mechanism for self-monitoring. It will definitely make the authorities clear off stagnant water and check the larval breeding sites," he added.



Industry under scanner
IT dept to inspect tax exemptions
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
The Income Tax Department is scanning the companies, who are availing tax exemptions. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has begun scrutiny of the companies, which are paying less corporate tax due to various tax exemptions. It has been found that some of the companies are evading taxes by shifting profits of a non-eligible unit to one in the exempted category.

The units, located in special economic zones, charitable trusts and institutions, telecommunication services, power generation and distribution companies, undertakings in small scale sector and housing projects are the major beneficiaries.

"Some companies misuse exemptions and are enjoying undue benefits. The department will look into the details such as cost of raw material for a unit, power consumption and operational efficiency. The costs incurred by a unit in the exempted area will be compared with the one in the non-exempted area," said a senior IT official.

Power, research and development, skill development, residential houses and capital expenditure on specified businesses and health were some of the areas on which relief was provided in the 2012-13 Budget.



Excise dept makes scrutiny of VAT returns mandatory
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
Acting tough against the violators, the State Excise and Taxation Department has decided to make scrutiny of the value added tax (VAT) returns of companies mandatory.

According to the notification issued by the department, there are about 2.25 lakh active assesses with the department and on a random basis at least 50 per cent of them will be covered under the scrutiny. The department is looking to appoint more auditors for the purpose. In case, the returns filed by a company differ with figures of the inspection conducted by the department, the help of the auditors would be taken.

However, the industry seems to be worried and has opposed the decision. Earlier, not more than 3 per cent companies were getting inspected and it had been done randomly . Somesh Aggarwal, an industrialist, said the decision had sent a shock wave in the business community. "The department is coming out with a new notifications every other day and all these will end up in the harassment of the industry.”

Meanwhile, a senior excise and taxation official said if the returns filed by the company were correct then they should not worry. "Only those, who are tinkering with the figures, will be taken to task, official added.

The notification

There are about 2.25 lakh active assesses with the department and on a random basis at least 50 per cent of them will be covered under the scrutiny.



Surprise check leaves minister surprised
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
Technical Education Minister Anil Joshi, who was conducting surprise visits in the Ludhiana district, was himself in for a surprise when locked doors of Government Industrial Training Institute (ITI) in Samrala welcomed him.

As it was not a working day, the perplexed Minister first confirmed whether he had reached the right place. After being assured by his personal assistant (PA), the minister called the staff and enquired about the reason of keeping the institute close on a working day.

The employees of ITI told Joshi that holiday was announced in the institute after the SDM had conducted an election meeting with the college staff.

He said conducting a meeting was no excuse for announcing a holiday in the institute. Joshi also said before conducting any meeting with the staff of ITI, the administration should have informed him. Such meetings would be allowed only after his approval in future, he said. Earlier, during the day, Joshi visited ITI, Rani Jhansi road.

The Minister expressed concern over the dilapidated condition of the industrial training institutes in the city.



Police crackdown on bookies
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, September 25
Panic gripped bookies involved in betting on matches of the ongoing ICC Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka following the arrest of three of them in Ludhiana today.

Following the arrest of these bookies, around half a dozen bookies, who were active in the Jagraon area, have suspended their activities.

According to sources, betting on the T20 World Cup matches has also come to a halt after the police action. Certain persons, who had betted on some of the matches prior to the police action and lost these bets, are in a jubilant mood.

A person, who had put his money on a cricket match between Australia and West Indies and won the bet, said he had managed to win around Rs 60,000 but he was not able to get the money as there were no whereabouts of the person through whom he had placed the bet.

Certain middlemen involved in this illegal trade have also left the city following the police action against bookies.

The Tribune had highlighted the menace of rampant betting on the ongoing Twenty-20 World Cup matches in the Jagraon area two days ago. On the same day, the Ludhiana police arrested three bookies from Anand Nagar in the Haibowal area. The police had also recovered 16 mobile phones and Rs 6.42 lakh from their possession.



BJP Morcha seeks hike in wheat MSP

Ludhiana, September 25
The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) Kisan Morcha will build up pressure on the Centre for an increase in the minimum support price (MSP) of wheat to Rs 2,100 per quintal in view of enormous hike in input costs.

The morcha general secretary, Sukhminderpal Singh Grewal, said a large number of farmers, led by national president of the morcha Om Parkash Dhankhar, will submit a memorandum to the Union Government through the Punjab Governor, making a strong case for enhancement in the MSP of wheat.

Grewal said the morcha would continue a concerted struggle to seek justice for the farmers who were being discriminated against by the UPA government.

"As a result of unremunerative prices of wheat and paddy, the debt burden on the farmers is mounting and many of them are forced to commit suicides. Now with the increase in the price of diesel, the agricultural input costs will rise further and farming will no longer remain a financially viable proposition," the morcha leader said. — OC



BSNL Employees Union holds conference
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
The 6th All India Conference of BSNL Employees Union (BSNLEU) began here today. The conference started with national flag hoisting ceremony by VAN Namboodiri, president of the BSNLEU and union flag hoisting by P Abhimanyu, general secretary of the BSNLEU.

Prof HS Sidhu, chairman, Reception Committee, speaking on the occasion stated about the present economic situation of the country and its implication on common man. He said the role of public sector is being systematically reduced.

"The working class is under attack. Instead of boosting demand by providing more disposable income to the working class, the government is trying to tackle the crisis by bringing in more foreign capital through foreign direct investments (FDIs), he said.

Meanwhile, AK Padmanabhan, president of CITU, condemned the UPA government for introducing FDI in retail, hike in petroleum products and LPG. The large scale scams in public sector companies show how the people at the helm of affairs are looting the nation along with the corporate sector.

The unions like BMS affiliated to BJP, INTUC affiliated to Congress and all left unions have come together and declared a series of struggles culminating in 2-day strike in February, 2013.

He assured full support of CITU to the struggles of BSNLEU.



pollution-free campus
More students to join PAU initiative
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana September 25
The initiative of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) to encourage the students for pollution-free driving is gaining popularity as the Dean Student Welfare Department has received a good number of applications from the students and employees to get bicycles under the initiative. Earlier, the university had initiated a Paddle Club in February 2011. Cycle manufacturing company Hero Cycles had given 50 bicycles to the university for the Paddle Club.

In the initial days, due to some terms and conditions for the issuing of bicycles, there were very few takers of them. According to the university authorities, as they changed the conditions in September 2011, all the 50 cycles were distributed among the students. Now students need to submit Rs 1000 as security besides Rs 100 as membership fees for the Paddle Club to get a cycle.

Dean Student Welfare DS Cheema said: "We have received a number of applications after issuing all the 50 cycles to the students. Moreover, a number of university employees had approached us for the cycles but we had only 50 cycles at that time. Now we are seeking more cycles from the company.” Satvir Singh, welfare officer, PAU, said: "Most of the cycle takers were from other states and were nominees of the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) and they reside in hostels.”

Jagtar Singh, student of M sc entomology at PAU, said he was provided a cycle in the start of semester and it was the best vehicle to roam on the university campus.

However, university officials said students from Punjab were less interested in the cycles in comparison to the students from other states.



Teachers get renewed assurance
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana September 25
Unemployed TET-pass teachers, who blocked the national highway for nine hours on Sunday, today again got an assurance from Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh regarding their meeting with the Chief Minister.

A delegation of the TET-pass unemployed teachers union met the Commissioner of Police, who promised them that he would organise a panel meeting of teachers with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

According to the teachers, the Police Commissioner also assured them that the police would cancel all the cases registered against protesting teachers for disrupting the traffic on the highway on Sunday.

"We have shared all our demands with the Commissioner of Police. He assured us that he would fix a panel meeting of teachers with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal," said Ragveer Singh, general secretary, of the union.

"The Commissioner of Police has given us two-day time to fix the meeting," said Depp Raja, president of the Ludhiana unit of the union.



pau notes
Seminar on agriculture from Oct 4

A two-day national seminar on "Engineering interventions and innovations for opportunities and challenges in Indian agriculture (EIIOC-2012)" will be held on October 4-5 at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). PAU College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology will coordinate for the programme, which is being organized as the part of golden jubilee celebrations. Dr MM Pandey, deputy director general (engineering), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), will be the Chief Guest on the occasion. Dr Gyanendra Singh, former Vice-Chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi Chitrakoot Gramoday Vishwavidyalaya (MGCGV) , Chitrakoot, Madhya Pradesh, will deliver the first Prof Mason Vaugh Memorial Lecture. PAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, will preside over the inaugural session.

Expert talk on dengue

The home science experts of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have advised the homemakers to take proper care of diet, health and clothing of children as well as family members and maintain stress-free environment. As dengue fever is common these days, Dr Sukhminder Kaur advised people to prevent collection of water around the houses, coolers and pots. Make the child wear full-sleeve shirts or tops, she suggested. She also emphasised on using filtered or boiled water because contaminated water was the major source of digestive problems. Dr Surinderjit Kaur said negligence in cleaning may result in weakening of fabric, permanent strain and frayed edges. "It is always better to go for darker shades of carpets, rugs or durries," she said. While talking about diet and health care, Dr Kirti Grover suggested to include high protein in from of eggs, pulses, milk and nuts in a child's diet. The protein could also be added in the form of sprouted pulses, curd, cheese, soybean, she said. The experts advised to keep children hydrated and serve them with green leafy vegetables and citrus fruits. They also asked to trim trees and bushes for proper daylight and fresh air. —TNS



from schools
Solo dance competition

An inter-class solo dance competition was held at Ryan International School here today. The students of Montessori wing had a gala time dancing to the songs of their choice. Some of the parents were also invited to judge the competition along with the teachers. Principal Parveena John said, “It is the vision of the chairman that the students shall be provided with every opportunity to aid their holistic development. Our attempt is to create all-rounders.”

Lesson on postal services
Students of Penguin Castle Preschool, Udham Singh Nagar, learn about postal services in Ludhiana on Tuesday
Students of Penguin Castle Preschool, Udham Singh Nagar, learn about postal services in Ludhiana on Tuesday. A Tribune Photograph

The students of Penguin Castle Preschool learnt about the working of postal services. They were told about how a letter is collected from a letter box and then taken to post offices. The entire process of mailing a letter was explained to the children. The children participated in an interesting exercise of posting letters to learn about the process. They made handmade postcards and drawings with messages. Then they were asked to put the cards and letters in an envelope. They then put the envelope in a letter box addressing it to their to their parents. A replica of a letterbox was put up in the classroom. These letters will be dispatched to children's houses to make them familiarise with the whole process, said Kamal Preet Kaur, director of the school.

Sangeet sammelan

Shabad Gayan team of Guru Gobind Singh Public School, Pakhowal Road, Daad, has won the second prize in Gurmat Sangeet Sammelan, organised by Department of Gurmat Sangeet, Punjabi University, Patiala. The team was awarded with a cash prize of Rs 5100. Principal Manjit Kaur congratulated the team, students and staff of the school on this achievement.

Seminar for teachers

A two-day seminar on creating awareness for teachers concluded at DAV School, Jagraon, today. Former Regional Director Educational Institutes (Rajasthan) Mohan Lal Goel visited as the resource person during the seminar and delivered keynote address. Goel emphasised that a teacher requires understand the needs of a student only then he or she can educate them. He said a teacher plays the most important role in promoting overall development in a student. “Teachers not only educate the students but also play a significant role in evolving a sense of duty among them and to make them better citizens. Therefore it is the moral responsibility and duty of a teacher to perform his or her job honestly," he stated. He also urged the teachers to promote extra-curricular activities among the students. "God has gifted every child with a unique talent and the teachers need to identify this talent," he added. In the end, school principal Poonam Kapahi thanked the resource person for sparing his valuable time and sharing his views with the school teachers.

Dental check-up camp
Doctors examine students at Victoria Public High School at Lehra, near Ahmedgarh, on Tuesday
Doctors examine students at Victoria Public High School at Lehra, near Ahmedgarh, on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

More than 1,800 persons, including students and teachers of Victoria Public High School, were examined at a two-day dental check-up and awareness camp that concluded at Lehra village. A team of doctors examined patients for various ailments and provided medicines free of cost. The dental experts discussed about dietary habits, importance of oral hygiene and precaution to keep away dental problems. Dr Ishwar Goyal stressed on the need of periodic dental check-up. Dr Ishwar Goyal said malocclusion was the most common dental problem among teenagers and it usually lead to irregularities in growth and shape which could be corrected by a dental specialist if detected in time. Dr Gaurav Goyal spoke about the genesis of gastroenteritis problems due to poor oral hygiene. He also spoke about gum problems and cavities which afflicted a large number of children.

Story-telling event

The lower kindergarten students at Jesus' Sacred Heart School enthralled their parents by narrating stories during a competition. It was an activity where participation of every student was mandatory. The students walked on the stage with confidence and narrated their stories dressed in various characters. The whole show was anchored by Simrit and Asmi of Class I. The show ended with melodious song presented by the students of upper kindergarten. The principal of the school said the show “is a part of their curriculum wherein a platform is provided to the children to enhance their personalities and to boost their morale. This will help them in future”. — TNS



district scan
Excellence award

Excellence Award 2012 of Christian Chamber of Commerce and Industry was bestowed upon Dr Augustine F Pinto, chairman, and Madam Grace Pinto, managing director, of Ryan International Group of Institutions by Margaret Alva, Governor of Rajasthan, in a grand event organised at Hotel Kohinoor, Mumbai. In his award acceptance speech, Dr Pinto thanked the CCCI for the award. He thanked the entire Ryan fraternity, various stakeholders, teachers, staff, students and parents who have also been instrumental for the success of the Ryan group.

Sangeet Ratna

Ludhiana-based classical singer, Kapil, was this year invitee for Haridas Sangeet Sammelan at Vrindavan on the occasion of Radha Ashatami and birthday of sangeet samrat Sri Baba Haridas (guru of tansen). Kapil performed ‘raag dhaani’ and ‘raga kalawati’. Haridas Sangeet Samiti, honoured Kapil with india’s famous award Sangeet Ratna. Bihari Lal Vashisth, head of Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Mahasabha, handed over the prestigious award to Kapil. Kapil has already been felicitated by President of India and Aavadh Samman by the UP government. After getting Sangeet Ratna, Kapil said, “I will promote Indian classical music till my last breath.”


Dr Arvind Goyal, Assistant Professor Department of Urology, DMCH, recently attended Annual Conference of International Society of Sexual Medicine held in Chicago USA. He presented a paper on ‘Sexual problems in diabetic men’. This international conference was attended by more than five hundred delegates from across the globe. Deliberations took place about various aspects of sexual medicine, including problems faced by men individually or as a couple. The highlight of this ‘World Meeting on Sexual Medicine’ was surgical workshop that was conducted by pioneers in the field of urology. Experts addressed specific topics of interest in sexual medicine.

Rally held

During a rally at Grain Market, Samrala, organised by PAC member Kirpal Singh Khirnia, Cabinet Minister Bikram Singh Majithia honoured PPP candidate from Samrala Jasmel Singh Bondli, former block samiti member Sikander Singh Nagra, former sarpanch of village Manki Bahadar Singh and several others. They were presented siropas by Majithia with Jagjivan Singh Khirnia. Cabinet Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, MLA Manpreet Singh Iyali, SS board chairman Santa Singh Umaidpuri, newly elected Mayor of Ludhiana and some other leaders of the area were present at this time.


Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari while addressing the meeting of District Health Society instructed all senior medical officers to make general masses aware about the programmes launched by the government so that people can draw maximum benefit out of these.

– Tribune Reporters



Jail warder booked for drug peddling
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
Five days after the jail break incident, a jail warder was today booked for supplying drugs to inmates.

The police today booked Lakhwinder Singh after recovering 100 habit-forming drugs from his possession.

Deputy Superintendent of Jail KS Cheema said the warder had been suspended with immediate effect.

Interestingly, though the jail officials had nabbed Lakhwinder red-handed, it's anybody's guess how he managed to escape.



Sikh radical's remand extended
Our Correspondent

Phillaur, September 25
Sikh radical Kulbir Singh Barrapind, who was arrested on September 20 on charges of unlawful activities, was today produced before the Judicial Magistrate of Phillaur who sent him to police remand for one more day.

Meanwhile, several representatives of radicals Sikh organisations, including Harpal Singh Cheema, Mandheer Singh, Ranbir Singh, Harcharan Singh Dhami and Baldev Singh, were present at the tehsil complex here when the accused, who is a member of the SGPC, was brought to the court by the police. They condemned his arrest, describing it as a deep conspiracy hatched by the Union and state governments.

Barrapind was arrested by the Nawanshahr police under sections 107 and 151 of the CRPC as a preventive step on the day of Bharat Bandh and was sent to the Ludhiana Jail. He was brought here by the police on production warrant on September 21. The police believed that the accused was planning to revive militancy in the state and was found indulging in militant activities.

The SP (Rural), Jalandhar, Rajinder Singh, told this correspondent that the police conducted searches at the two houses of the accused in his village and recovered one 30-bore pistol along with six cartridges, one weapon-cleaning kit, a sealed security camera, two pieces of night-vision binoculars, three laptops, one video camera, one digital camera, one walky-talky set, two bullet proof jackets, one red beacon and a huge quantity of seditious literature.



Over 150 turn up for kabaddi trials
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, September 25
Over 150 aspirants turned up to attend the trials, conducted by Punjab Agricultural University campus, to select the Indian contingent for the third World Kabaddi Cup Tournament here today. The tournament will be held in the month of December at various venues across the state.

According to Kartar Singh Sehmbey, district sports officer, Ludhiana, as many as 98 raiders and 53 stoppers had registered their names with the authorities concerned.

" The trials for 65 raiders and 49 stoppers were completed today and other candidates will go through trials tomorrow, before the selection committee finalise 55 probables for the preparatory camp for the upcoming mega event," added Singh.

Punjab Education Minister and president of the Punjab Kabaddi Association, Sikander Singh Maluka, along with MLA Jalandhar Cantonement and former director of sports, Punjab, Pargat Singh, was present to supervise the trials.

An eleven-member selection committee has been formed under the supervision of Sikander Singh Maluka to conduct the trials and to shortlist the players for the World Kabaddi Cup.



Anti-doping squad fails to reach city
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, September 25
As the trials for the third edition of the Kabaddi World Cup were conducted on Tuesday at Punjab Agricultural University, the squad from the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) failed to reach the city.

Sikander Singh Maluka, Punjab Education Minister and president of the Punjab Kabaddi Association, who was present at the trials venue to oversee the selection process expressed ignorance when asked about NADA team. The team was scheduled to visit the city to check the use of performance enhancing substance by kabaddi players.

"We had requested NADA, Delhi, to send a team here and if they fail to come tomorrow, we would ask them to visit the city and conduct the test during the course of preparatory camp, which will be organised in Ludhiana," said Maluka.

Maluka further stated that 14 teams in the men's category, including Iran and Sri Lanka, and six women teams would be seen in action during the tournament.

"We will make sure that only one team represent its country and there will be no confusion as happened last year when two or more teams reached here and claimed to represent their country, said Singh.



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