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Despite ban, sale of gutka continues
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 4
Despite the Punjab Government having banned the sale, storage and manufacture of gutka and pan masala in the state, the sale of these products goes on unabated in the city. The only difference is that while earlier vendors used to display these products in their stalls, now they keep these hidden and sell these on the black market.

Roadside vendors are still selling these as there is demand for these products and people are willing to pay extra money.

Manoj Kumar, an auto driver who was ferrying passengers from Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar to Clock Tower, stopped his auto at two spots to buy gutka. A migrant boy was selling beedi and cigarette near the Ferozepur road. The auto stopped there and the boy brought two pouches of gutka from a bag hidden behind a brick wall and sold these to the auto driver for Rs 10. After reaching near gate number 1 of PAU, he stopped there and bought another pouch of gutka for Rs 5.

The auto driver said, "Who says gutka has been banned? It is available everywhere. The only thing is that you have to pay Rs 5 for a pouch instead of Re 1, which was the actual price."

On September 13, the Tobacco Cigarette Beedi Wholesale Dealers Association had submitted a memorandum to officials of the Health Department, Ludhiana, requesting them to extend the date for imposing the ban on the sale of gutka and pan masala till October 2.

The District Health Officer, Dr Kulwinder Singh, had told the association that he would not be able to give them any relaxation. Later, the Health Department had conducted a few raids and seized tobacco products.


The District Health Officer, Dr Kulwinder Singh, when informed about the sale of gutka, said, "We keep challaning people for smoking in public places. We have formed teams to check the sale of gutka. We will conduct raids to check this practice.Strict action will be taken against those found guilty"


Smuggler held with 30 boxes of liquor
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 4
The city police has arrested a suspected liquor smuggler and seized 30 boxes of liquor from his possession. Harbans Singh, in charge of the anti-narcotic cell, said the accused, Satvir Singh Shantty, was arrested while his accomplice Iqbal Singh, alias Kala, managed to escape.

The accused was arrested from the Jassian road following a tip-off. Harbans Singh said the accused were using a fake number plate to hoodwink the police.

During search, the police found three fake number plates lying in the vehicle.



Head Constable among 2 arrested with liquor
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 4
The city police has arrested two persons, including a former personal security guard of former Chief Parliamentary Secretary and SAD leader Madan Lal Bagga, on a charge of liquor smuggling.

The accused, Head Constable Swaran Singh and his accomplice Surinder Kumar, were arrested at a police naka on the Jalandhar bypass yesterday night and six boxes of illicit liquor were seized from them.

According to the police, Swaran Singh and Surinder Kumar were coming from the Jalandhar side in a car. The car was stopped at a check-point at the Jalandhar bypass. Swaran Singh tried to browbeat the policemen on duty by saying that he was deputed with Chairman of the Beopar Mandal and SAD leader Madan Lal Bagga. Swarn Singh threatened them that he would get them suspended if they searched his vehicle.

However, the policemen refused to budge. On search, six boxes of liquor were found in the car. Swaran Singh failed to show the bills for the liquor.

Meanwhile, Bagga said he had got Swarn Singh removed as gunman as he was unhappy with his working. Bagga said he had filed an application with the then Deputy Commissioner of Police, Gurpreet Singh Toor, asking him to replace the gunman with another policeman as Swarn Singh used to tell lies and often remained absent.

Recently, Resham Singh had replaced Swarn Singh as his new gunman, Bagga said.



Mutation Deeds
Satjot Nagar residents threaten stir
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 4
As many as 84 residents of Satjot Nagar have expressed concern over the cancellation of their mutation deeds by the district administration and have threatened to launch an agitation in this regard. The residents rued that about three years ago, the mutation deeds of their residences/plots had been cancelled.

They said they had purchased plots from colonisers more than a decade ago and were not aware whether the colonies had been regularised or not or whether there was any litigation going on over these.

Hardev Singh, president, Satjot Nagar Action Committee, Block A, Dugri, told Ludhiana Tribune that they had been residing in the area for over 10 years and had built houses by taking loans from banks. They said they had ration cards, voter cards and electricity connections bearing the same addresses.

"Now, after so many years, we have come to know that the mutation deeds of 84 residents has been cancelled. We had purchased the plots about a decade ago after checking all documents. We were not aware whether the areas were regularised or not. The colonisers sold the plots and we purchased these. They didn't tell us that these were under litigation," said Hardev Singh.

Another resident, Harbans Singh, said the affected residents belonged to street numbers 10/1, 10/2 and 10/3 in Satjot Nagar. "Our pleas to the district administration regarding the mutation deeds of our houses have failed to elicit any positive response. Many of us have been paying monthly instalments to various banks as we had taken home loans. We are worried. So far, we have adopted a peaceful struggle, but if the administration fails to redress our grievances, we will be forced to adopt the agitational path," Harbans Singh said.

An official of the district administration said the mutation deeds of the residents were cancelled on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.



Ban on stubble burning goes up in smoke
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 4
Despite a ban, stubble burning in fields by farmers continues to play havoc with the lives of lakhs of residents in and around the city. Despite organising awareness campaigns to apprise farmers of the health hazards due to stubble burning, the illegal practice goes on unabated here.

Farmers of Mandiani, Lalton, Hambran, Jagraon, Payal and Moga continue to burn paddy stubble, giving the ban the go-by and causing air pollution.

Magesar Singh, a helper with a landlord in Lalton village, said labourers were asked by farmers to burn stubble in their fields. "Burning of stubble emits thick smoke and flames, posing risk to lives of people and causing air pollution. At times, the flames touch electricity wires, which can prove fatal. During the past few years, incidents of fire have been reported from fields and paddy and wheat worth lakhs have been destroyed," said the helper.

Rajdev Singh, a septuagenarian, who is into farming for the past five decades, said the government kept on pressuring them not to burn stubble in fields, but failed to provide them an alternative. "We also know that it is harmful. Not only does it cause pollution, the soil fertility is also affected. However, we have not been provided any other viable option and have no option but to continue with the practice," he said.

Farmer's take

"We also know that it is harmful. Not only does it cause pollution, the soil fertility is also affected. However, we have not been provided any other viable option and have no option but to continue with the practice"

Rajdev Singh, a farmer



2 killed, 3 hurt in road mishap
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, November 4
Two persons were killed and three others injured when the Toyota Innova they were travelling in was hit by a vehicle near the Sanmati Government College for Science and Research, Jagraon, yesterday night.

The deceased have been identified as Sabi Pehlwan of Jagraon and Narinder Singh of Roomi village. Those injured are Balwinder Singh of Jagraon, Gurmel Singh of Dholan village and Ravinder Singh of Hehar village. Five persons were travelling in the vehicle at the time of the accident. "As the Toyota Innova (PB 10 BW 1473) reached near the college, it was hit by a vehicle," said Mohammad Jamil, SHO, Jagraon.

Soon after the accident, the police reached the spot and the victims were taken to the Civil Hospital, Jagraon, where Sabi Pehlwan and Narinder Singh were declared brought dead by doctors. The condition of the injured was stated to be critical and they were referred to a Ludhiana hospital for treatment.

The police handed over the bodies of the victims to their relatives after a post-mortem at the Civil Hospital, Jagraon, today.

The Jagraon police has registered a case.



Bus falls into ditch, 10 hurt
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 4
Passengers of a private bus, had a miraculous escape when the bus plunged into a ditch near the Sirhind canal on Sunday. The accident could have been tragic, had the bus turned towards the canal. About ten persons were injured in the incident.

Seriously injured were identified as Bhinder Singh of Khera village (driver ) and Amandeep Kaur of Pandher Kheri village. The injured were rushed to the local Civil Hospital and their condition was said to be stable.

Investigations revealed that the bus, managed by Rajguru Bus Company, plunged into the ditch after its driver lost control over it due to some medical problem. The driver had started feeling unwell shortly after he dropped passengers at Jhammat village and lost control over the bus and it hit a tree before plunging into the ditch. Meanwhile, the trunk of the tree broke and the bus turned turtle. The passengers were rescued by the residents of nearby villages and the police.

The investigation revealed that there was no staff to help the driver in case of need as the conductor had left the bus some stops behind.

Being Sunday there were not many passengers in the bus. The police has not registered any case yet.



Resource-efficient bricks gaining popularity in state
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana November 4
Resource-efficient bricks, an initiative of Punjab State Council of Science and Technology under United Nation Development Project (UNDP) have been gaining popularity in Punjab. In the ongoing CII fair, engineers of the Punjab State Council of Science found that a good number of people have been consulting them and are interested in these Resource efficient bricks.

According to the officials of the Punjab State Council of Science and Technology, these resource efficient bricks are mostly used in Europe. But in India, traditional bricks are being manufacturing by about one lakh brick-kilns using 24 million tonnes of coal per year. In the process, 42 million tonnes carbon dioxide emitted and causing lot of pollution.

"Keeping this view, initiative has been taken under the UNDP to encourage the manufacturing of Resource efficient bricks in India," said a department official.

Abhishek Chohan, a process engineer, said, "Punjab State Council of Science and Technology being local resource centre for Punjab and Haryana has put up a stall at the CII fair to spread awareness among manufacturers and consumer. Since eco-friendly bricks are perforated lesser quantity of clay is required for manufacturing thus it also half in saving coal. For manufacturing these brick, extruder machine is used rather than hand moulding which gives better finished bricks of uniform size and require no plastering after constructing the walls."

"Due to perforation in the bricks it provides heat insulation also and reduces the electricity bill for air condition," he added. "Now there are five brick kilns of these bricks in Punjab and one of them is at Pakhowal Road Ludhiana," informed Abhishek.



'Capitalism making knowledge irrelevant'
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 4
Capitalism is erasing the diversity in society, according to literary critic and writer, Dr Tejwant Mann. Speaking at an event organised at Punjabi Bhawan today, he said that capitalism is making history, society, philosophy and knowledge irrelevant.

People are just consumers, and thinking of people awakened about their history and society is not the concern of a capitalism society, he said. This is happening today, he said.

The event was organised by Kendri Punjabi Lekhak (Sekhon). It was jointly organised by literary bodies including Punjab Raj Bijli Board Lekhak Sabha, Lok Likhari Sabha Jagraon, Pundit Padamnath Shastri Yadgari Committee, Janvade Kavita Manch in association with Punjabi Sahit Akademi organized the event. A book was also released on the occasion. In addition, a poetry session was also organised.

Several prizes were given to writers during the event. Safdar Hashmi Puraskar was given to Master Lal Singh Dasooha. Principal Sant Singh Sekhon Alochna Puraskar was given posthumously to Dr Jaspal Singh Mann. Principal Takhat Singh Ghazal Puraskar was given to Principal Sulakhan Meet. Dr Jaswant Gill Puraskar was given to Manmohan Kaur. Harbhajan Halvarvi Pattarkari Puraskar was given to Dr Bhagwant Singh. Sant Ram Udasi Puraskar was given to Darshan Khatkad. Prof Preetam Singh Rahi Janwadi Kavita Puraskar was given Madan Veera and Lakh Karnalwi for previous and this year, respectively. Padamnath Shastri Sahikar Puraskar was given to Dr Faqeer Chand Shukla for previous year and Prof Gurbhajan Singh Gill for this year.

A few books were also released on the occasion. Novel "Deh Shiva Var Mohe Ihe" by Amreek Singh Malhi and books written by Hakam Singh Ghalib incluing Kaliyan De Vapari, Jungle Di Agg were released during the event.



education department
Plan to depute physical trainers as block sports officers
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana November 4
Sports officials of the education department have proposed to depute surplus physical trainers as block sports officers for the upliftment of sports from school level.

Earlier, the education department had released new sports policy for government schools, in which government had emphasised on the improvement on sports infrastructure at school level.

The proposal is also a part of these initiatives in which these block officers would facilitate in implementing the sports policy of the department at grass-root level.

Ravinder Ravi, State Sports Organiser, revealed that after the implementation of school sports policy there is hope that sports infrastructure and performance of players in government school will improve.

“We are putting efforts to uplift the sports from ground-level. Now, we have sent a proposal to the Education Minister to depute surplus physical trainers as block sports officers, to organise sports, better data collection and proper maintenance of records at block level. Moreover, these officers facilitate better liaison between school and district education office for the better implementation of sports policy,” he said.

"Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka has been taking keen interest in the improvement of sports infrastructure in government schools. The department has to make a sports calendar and conduct the tournaments through out the year," said a physical trainer from a local government school.



Babies rock at shows
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 5
Many baby shows are being organised in the city these days. Most of such shows are organised by playschools with the aim of promotion. Parents, in turn, benefit in checking the facilities being offered at the schools for themselves.

The baby shows are generally reserved for outsiders, the children not studying in the playschools hosting such event. This gives an opportunity to attract parents of prospective children to the school.

The playschools have a lot of events and give "prizes" and titles to the children. At a baby show organised today at Cherubs-The Preschool for instance, had a host of prizes at a baby show organised today, including Smiley Cherub, Twinkling Teeth cherub, Active Cherub, Happy Cherub, Charming Cherub, Smiley Cherub, A Mother-Baby Cherub, Dashing Cherub, a Mother-Baby Cherub prize.

Many experts examine behaviour and health of children. They check the weight, the "milestones" of children including the time for their cutting their teeth, the height, the time they start speaking, etc. Other experts check the behaviour of the children, their responsiveness and alertness, how active and playful they are, etc.

Some people raise brows about the need for baby shows, and reasons for judging little innocent children just by their behaviour on one day. But many parents say that, irrespective of the prizes, such shows provide a good "exposure" to themselves about how other children are doing and interact with other parents about upbringing of children in general.

Paramjeet, who brought his little daughter, said he happen to see how other parents were bringing up their children. As these are crucial years for children, more aware parents can bring their children up better, he says.



reporters’ diary
Infighting in Cong continues

Even after suffering a humiliating defeat in the assembly and municipal elections, it seems, the Congress party has not learnt any lesson as the infighting is going on between senior party leaders over nomination of office-bearers to the district unit.

The district president of the party and two party legislators are involved in a bitter fight over the nominations by the PPCC president. While the legislators justify the nomination of their respective supporters, the district party chief has taken up the issue with the party high command. The Congress leaders appear to have forgotten that the next Lok Sabha elections are not far away and taking the matter to the streets might cost them dear.

Brag and boast

Ludhianvis leave no occasion to splurge and show off. Recently, on Karva Chauth women in the city not only bought expensive dresses but also thronged to parlours. Parlour owners had both their hands full, first with mehndhi and then with make-up assignments. Even mehndhi artists from Mumbai came to the city for earning some extra bucks. In the afternoon, when women had to go to temple to perform the 'pooja', they left no stone unturned in outshining each other. Seeing all this an elderly women said, "In our times it was a sacred occasion and we had full devotion but today it seems that brag and boasting are valuable to every woman as they want to surpass each other.

Poodle bathing

One can easily speak own mother tongue but to speak other language is not an easy job for some people. A few days ago, I went to meet one of my friends. On listening to the door bell, her maid came out and asked,"Kisko milna hai?" I named my friend and asked if she was at home. The maid suddenly replied,"Bibi ji kutta dho rahi hain." For a moment I got confused and again asked her,"where is madam?" Listening to our conversation, my friend came out and said,"Please sit for five minutes, I am bathing my dog." I could not resist my laughter when I interpreted maid's answer.

Press conference

Just to announce that another compound was created for the tow-away of vehicles, the city traffic police called a press conference, which was addressed by two ACPs, a traffic incharge, and supervisor traffic.The media was expecting that some more announcements would be made by the traffic police for the convenience of public in the city during Divali days but nothing like that happened. The officials just informed that for the convenience of public, whose vehicles were towed-away, another compound was created at Sarabh Nagar.

Relay race

It was interesting to watch the relay race competitions during the Inter-District Primary School Games, held in the city recently. Most of the children held the relay baton for the first time in life and every one was expecting that children would not hold batons properly and might drop batons while running. However, to every one's surprise not a single kid dropped baton in the games. Talking about the event, a sports official commented that there was a lot of passion and dedication in the rural player.

Contributed by Manav Mander, Kuldip Bhatia, Anupam Bhagria, Shivani Bhakoo, Charanjit Singh Teja



Delay in fogging worries residents
Lovleen Bains

Sahnewal, November 4
While the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation seems to have become serious as far as fogging is concerned, the Nagar Council of Sahnewal is still to gear up for the exercise. Residents of Sahnewal are waiting for the fogging so that the spread of dengue could be prevented.

The sanitation of the town, especially at ward number 3, 4 and 5, is in a bad shape due to poor sewer system. The residents are blaming the council for being negligent, despite the fact that fresh dengue cases are being reported in the area.

A resident of Ward Number 4 rued, “The sewer system and filth in nullahs, provide a favourable atmosphere for flies and mosquitoes to multiply at a rapid speed. The council is least bothered about the deplorable conditions in which we are living. Not even a single flogging machine has arrived in spite of repeated reminders.”.

A resident of Ward No 3 said ” A little rainfall leaves the condition of houses and streets miserable. In such a situation mosquitoes are sure to multiply. Is it not the responsibility of the council to initiate fogging at the earliest?”

Sanitary Inspector Jasvir Singh said,” We have already begun fogging and every day we cover some areas.”

However, he admitted that the railway road of Sahnewal ,where ward number 3,4 and 5 fall, had been left out and assured that the Wards would be covered soon.



Enrolment for Aadhaar cards to begin by month-end
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 4
The process of making Aadhaar cards is likely to start by the end of this month. According to Swaraj Kaur, senior postmaster at the head post office, the IT company selected for carrying out the work of enrolment was asked to resume the work.

According to sources, there is no deadline this time and about 40 crore will be covered in this phase.

After the first phase in February, the post office officials had been saying that the process would resume in April but it could not resume as the Postal Department did not receive any notification.

Initially, two IT firms were selected by the department but due to some discrepancies only Smart Chip was assigned the work.

Residents had been continuously complaining regarding the delay.

"We had thought that the initiative of the government had been derailed but it is good that finally it is going to resume," a resident said.



CME held on neuro-imaging
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 4
The department of radiodiagnosis, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, in association with the Indian Radiological and Imaging Association IRIA (Punjab and Chandigarh) organised a CME on neuro-imaging at Lady Willingdon Hall at Christian Medical College and Hospital here today. The CME was well attended by delegates from Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

Eminent speakers from all-over India spoke about the recent advances and newer imaging techniques to diagnose common neurological and neuro-surgical conditions like stroke, migraine, epilepsy, neuro-infections and brain tumours.

Earlier, it was inaugurated by RK Verma, Commissioner, Ludhiana Muncipal Coorperation, Dr Kim Mammen, Associate Director, CMCH, Dr Jignesh Thakkar, Dr Bhardwaj and Dr Kulwant Singh were the other dignitaries present.

Dr Rajesh Chakravarti, organising Co-chairman and Head of Department, Radiodiagnosis, CMC & Hospital, Ludhiana, spoke about the latest imaging equipment available at CMC, including the state of the art 128 slice CT scan and 1.5 T MRI machine for accurate and timely diagnosis in patients coming with neurological symptoms.

Dr Nittala Pramod, Scientific Committee Chairman, said the CME had been planned so that everyone from PG students, practicing radiologists and medical practitioners benefitted from it. A discussion on the PC-PNDT Act highlighted the steps taken to prevent female foeticide.



Seminar on empowering rural consumers concludes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 4
S K Virmani, project manager, State Consumer Helpline Knowledge Resource Management, on the concluding day of the seminar, organised on the theme of "Empowering Rural Consumers", said that they had demanded toll-free state consumer helplines (SCH) for consumers in Punjab.

He said the SCHs had already been setup in eight states of India and the process had been initiated for other 21 states, including Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

" Soon we will get a toll-free consumer helpline where customers in Punjab can lodge their complaints in their own dialects," said Dr Pandhi, press secretary, Akhil Bhartiyta Grahak Panchayat (Punjab).

As a result of globalisation and liberalisation, the rural market in India is the largest potential market in the world. Due to poor knowledge about their rights, rural consumers continue to be exploited in many ways.

The seminar provided a platform for stakeholders, policy makers, researchers, consumer experts, NGOs, media and others to discuss and a roadmap to protect rural consumers. The seminar was sponsored by the Department of Consumer Affairs, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, and Government of India.



Exhibitors fume over poor sales
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 4
High drama prevailed at a wedding exhibition, organised at a hotel on Hambran road after the exhibitors indulged into an argument with the director of the exhibition. The reason behind the argument was failure to attract people. The confrontation occurred when the exhibitors complained of making poor sale at the exhibition.

According to exhibitors, participating in the exhibition, an expensive caravan and luxury watches worth lakhs as promised by the director could not be brought to the exhibition.

“These expensive luxury items, including a caravan worth Rs 4 crore, would have attracted people but the luxury vehicle was not on display, which led to disappointment and affected the sales,” said an exhibitor. The police intervened when argument turned ugly.

“ We came here to participate in the exhibition with the hope of making good sales and that would have happened if enough people had come here,” an exhibitor said.



Health Department collects 4 samples of patisa
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 4
The district health department today collected four samples of patisa, which was being prepared in unhygienic conditions. Food Safety Officer, Ludhiana, Ravinder Garg, said, "We took two samples of simple and badam patisa from Rameshwar Patisa Factory, Guru Ram Dass Nagar, Tajpur Road, Bhamiyan.

They have already prepared 12 quintals of patisa. But the conditions under which it was being prepared were unhygienic."

District Health Officer, Ludhiana, Dr Kulwinder Singh, said, "We have also collected two samples of the same category of patisa from another nearby factory i.e. Anil Patisa Factory. They have already prepared 15 quintals of patisa. But here also the conditions were unhygienic."



Over 300 patients examined during medical camp
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, November 4
A cancer awareness camp was organised at Chakar village near Jagraon yesterday by the members of 'Roko Cancer' NGO. This was the first such camp organised by the Roko Cancer organisation which was formed recently by Canada based NRIs of the area.

Besides, a free medical check-up camp was also organised during the occasion during which a team of 15 doctors examined more than three hundred patients. A large number of patients, suffering from diseases like diabetes, blood pressure, infections and other ailments were examined by the doctor during the camp. The patients were distributed free medicines during the camp.

Later on, an awareness programme on prevention of cancer was also organised during which the doctors stressed the general public to get their medical check-ups done on regular basis. The team of doctors told the people that most forms of the disease of cancer are curable if detected at early stage.

The doctors advised the people to get them medically examined at regular intervals. Besides, people were also told to change their eating habits and increase physical work to prevent ailments like blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, paralysis etc.

Speaking on the occasion, Ajmer Singh Sidhu, founder of 'Roko Cancer' NGO, stated that the chief aim behind formation of this NGO and organising this camp was to spread awareness among the general public about the prevention of fatal disease of cancer.

"At present, thousands of Punjabis are suffering from cancer. We observed that this disease has been spreading at a rapid pace in our area too so we decided to form an organization to create awareness among the masses about how they can prevent cancer," said Sidhu.



Master Tara Singh College wins overall trophy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 4
A state-level inter-college Punjabi Ghazal singing competition was organised by Punjabi Sahit Akademi at Punjabi Bhawan here today. Over 10 colleges from the state participated in the competition. Master Tara Singh College for Women, Ludhiana, bagged the overall trophy.

Jagjit Kaur and Amanpreet Kaur of the college bagged the first two positions. Kuldeep Kumar of SCD Government College from the city bagged the third position.

The competition was organised in the memory of Punjabi poet Amreek Singh Pooni. President of the academy Prof Gurbhajan Singh Gill said under the presidentship of Pooni, the academy had developed leaps and bounds. Poetry of Pooni was dedicated to the development of Punjab, he said.




Office-bearers elected

The elections of Raghubir Anand Park Welfare Society were held on Sunday. Krishan Dhingra was elected as the chairman of the society while Amarjit Singh Makkar was elected as the president. Among other office-bearers, Sumesh Sadan was chosen as the general secretary of the society.

Paper presented

Dr Aman Dua, a city-based consultant dermatologist and hair transplant surgeon, addressed the 20th annual meeting of International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) at Bahamas recently. She presented a paper on a study entitled "FUE Evaluation in Patients with previous Hair Transplant Procedures". Cultural and sports carnival

The Inter-School Cultural and Sports Carnival is being organised in the city by Synetic Business School from November 2 to 10. 59 teams from different schools are participating in the events and 38 school teams are participating in cultural events.

Interaction on employee management

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) held an interaction at Park Plaza recently. The purpose of the forum was to bring to the fore various aspects of employee management. District Congress Committee (urban) president Pawan Dewan said the appointment to positions in the party could only be made by the district committee president. He said some of the MLA's were issued letters of appointment but these hold no value as the right of appointment vests with the district president of the committee.


All-India State Bank of Patiala Employees Federation on Sunday held a function to felicitate Naresh Gaur, assistant general secretary, All India State Bank of Patiala Employees Federation, on being elected as senator, Punjab University, Chandigarh. SKGautam, general secretary, All India State Bank of Patiala Employees Federation, while congratulating Naresh Gaur on his achievement said Naresh Gaur was working in the State Bank of Patiala Employees Union for long was raising his voice not only for the rights of bank employees but also for their benefits. On the occasion Naresh Gaur said the endless job done by all for moblising the voters enabled him to go a step ahead in the Senate. He said he would work for the better education and admission system. — TNS



Six drug peddlers arrested in khanna
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khanna November 4
The Khanna police claimed to have arrested six persons and has recovered 8 kg opium and 1.5 kg drug powder from their possession. The alleged accused have been identified as Suba Singh, a resident of Hargobindpur Sahib of Batala district, while Kuldeep Singh, Neetu, Gurdeesh Singh, Sanjeev Kumar and Guddi, all the residents of Khanna.

Acting Khanna SSP, Hardial Singh Maan, said that Suba Singh, who was nabbed with 8 kg opium by the Samrala police, was an ex-serviceman, who was sent back by the army in 1973 when he was found medically unfit. He then started medical practice during which he murdered a man in 1984 on some issue. SSP also claimed that a case regarding this was registered at a police station in Amritsar.

During this, he came in contact with Sajjan Singh, a resident of Bhilwara of Rajsthan who was an alleged drug peddler. SSP claimed that Suba Singh also jumped into this drug trade and he fell in the net of the Samrala police when he was going to deliver an assignment of opium to some one in the area.

While in remaining cases, the Khanna police nabbed alleged accused during nakas installed on different areas at Khanna.

Kuldeep Singh, a resident of Guru Tegh Bahadur Nagar, Khanna, the alleged accused, was arrested when 350 grams drug powder recovered from his possession during a search at near Rattan Heri Railway crossing.

In the second incident, Neetu, a resident of meat market, Khanna, the alleged accused was nabbed by the police when 280 gram drug powder was recovered from her possession during a search at naka near Devi Dayala Mandir, while Gurdeesh Singh, a resident of GTB Nagar, Khanna, fell in the police net when the police searched him at a naka set up beyond the Rattan Heri railway crossing and recovered 300 grams drug powder from his possession.

While in other incident, the police nabbed one Sanjeev Kumar a resident of Nandi colony, Khanna, when the police stopped him. During his search, the police recovered 300 gram drug powder from his possession. Another accused Guddi was nabbed when 350 grams drug powder was recovered from her possession at a naka set up at the backside of Shiv Mandir at Amloh Road, Khanna.

The police has claimed to have registered cases against all the alleged accused under the NDPS Act and is enquiring the matter. SPD Khanna, Bhupinder Singh, and DSP Samrala were also present during press conference.



Rape victim dies, two arrested
Our correspondent

Phillaur, November 4
Surjit Kaur (16), who was allegedly raped by Money Singh with the connivance of his uncle Amarjit Singh in Indira Colony, Phillaur, on November 1 died in the Civil Hospital,Jalandhar, on Saturday evening.

On a complaint lodged by Bimla Rani, mother of the victim, the Phillaur police had booked both the accused under Section 376/120B of the IPC. Bimla Rani in the complaint had alleged that she had gone to her workplace in nearby Puarri village in the morning while leaving all her three daughters at home. She said she came to know about the rape of her daughter by the residents. She immediately admitted her daughter to a private hospital, where her condition continued to deteriorate, following which the doctors referred her to Jalandhar Civil Hospital. DSP Paramjit Singh Pannu, said the both accused were arrested today.



Gold chain snatched from woman

Ludhiana, November 4
There seems to the be no end of snatching incidents, in the latest case two motorcycle-borne youths snatched the gold chain of a woman at Punjabi Baag Colony in Salem Tabri area today.

The incident took place in the morning when Asha Sood was standing outside her house. According to Asha, the youths on a red motorcycle, approached her and snatched her chain. They manged to flee after snatching. Asha said she even raised alarm and tried to chase them but they managed to escape. Later, a complaint was lodged with the police. — TNS



tae kwon do tournament
BCM Arya School lift trophy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana November 4
BCM Arya School, Shastri Nagar, won the over all trophy in Sahodaya School Complex Tae kwon do Tournament, which was held at BCM Arya School, Shastri Nagar, on November 3 to 4, on the school premises.

In this tournament, U-14 and U-19 boys and girls from 22 CBSE affiliated schools had participated.

Spring Dale school stood overall second and BCM School Chandigarh bagged third position in this tournament.



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