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Jaundice grips Malak village
More than 20 residents suffering from disease, undergoing treatment in private hospitals
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, February 10
There has been an outbreak of jaundice in Malak village near Jagraon, which has affected several villagers. There are reports of more than 20 villagers suffering from jaundice. It is feared that this number may rise in the coming days.

According to sources, more than 20 residents of Malak village, 4 km from Jagraon, are suffering from jaundice. Most of these patients are undergoing treatment at private hospitals.

The first case of jaundice in Malak village was reported in the last week of January. Following this, more than 20 residents of Malak village, which has a population of around 3,000, have fallen ill due to this disease. As a result, fear has gripped residents of the village.

Harpreet Singh, a youth hailing from Malak village who works as a helper with a Jagraon-based private doctor, and his mother have been suffering from jaundice. According to Harpreet Singh, he fell ill three days ago. "When I did not recover after taking some medicines, I got a medical examination conducted and the tests revealed that I was suffering from jaundice," Harpreet Singh told Ludhiana Tribune on the phone.

Apart from Harpreet and his mother, several other villagers, including women and children, have been suffering from the same disease. Though the exact cause of jaundice has not been established yet, it is believed that the disease has spread because of contaminated water.

"During the past few days, a couple of patients suffering from jaundice have reported at my hospital for treatment. The major reasons behind jaundice are contaminated water and unhygienic eatables. People should avoid drinking contaminated water to stay away from jaundice," said Dr Pradeep Watts, a local physician.

The SMO of the Jagraon Civil Hospital, Dr Raj Karkara, said no jaundice patient had reported at the Civil Hospital so far. "There is no case of jaundice in my notice, but if people are suffering from jaundice, they may be undergoing treatment at private hospitals," said Dr Karkara.


Contaminated water to blame, says expert
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 10
Contaminated water has led to an outbreak of jaundice at Malak village in Ludhiana district. Patients in the village are reportedly suffering from hepatitis- E. This was disclosed by the State Nodal Officer, Integrated Disease Surveillance Project, Punjab, Dr Deepak Bhatia.

He said, "Sewage water got mixed with drinking water at Malak village. All patients suffering from jaundice have tested positive for hepatitis-E, which means contaminated water had a role to play in it."

Dr Bhatia said no reports of jaundice had been received from any other area in the district.

Jaundice cases are generally reported in the summer and the rainy season, but sporadic cases keep pouring in throughout the year. Dr Aneesh Chaudhary, Senior Consultant in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Christian Medical College and Hospital, said, "Every month, we receive 15 to 20 patients suffering from hepatitis-A and E in our hospital. Consumption of contaminated primarily responsible for such cases."

Dr LS Chawla, a gastroenterologist from the city and founder Vice-Chancellor of the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, said, "Hepatitis-B and C have become common these days. Fortunately, these are curable if the patient consults a doctor on time."


  • Loss of appetite and energy
  • Mild fever
  • Abdominal pain

What should be done

  • Always use hygienic food and water
  • General hygiene should be maintained
  • Always use disposable syringe for vaccines and for collecting blood samples



Flesh trade racket busted, 7 held
Tribune News Service

The accused in police custody in Ludhiana on Sunday.
The accused in police custody in Ludhiana on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, February 10
With the arrest of seven persons, including five women, the Division No. 7 police claims to have busted a flesh trade racket in the city. The arrested girls are in the age group of 25 to 30 years and all of them are married. The kingpin of this racket managed to flee from the spot.

The police had conducted a raid on the premises of a house located in the Jagdishpura Mohalla area in the city. The arrested women are residents of Shimlapuri, Tibba Road, Daba Road and some other areas in the city. The remaining two persons who have been arrested were their "customers".

Inspector Raj Kumar, SHO of the Division No. 7 police station, said they had conducted a raid after receiving a tip-off. “The main accused, Jaswinder Kaur, from whose house the racket was allegedly being run, managed to flee from the spot. All arrested persons have been booked under the Immoral Trafficking Act,” he said.



GLADA Urban Estates
Housing sector set to get an impetus
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 10
The housing sector in the industrial hub of the state is all set to get a big impetus, and city residents can look forward to huge opportunities in the real estate sector once three urban estates, proposed by the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) on the outskirts of the city, turn into a reality.

GLADA has already completed a preliminary survey of a 1500 acre urban estate from Sahnewal to Chandigarh Road, which will also integrate the expansion of the Ludhiana airport while surveys have been undertaken for two other urban estates of 500 acres each along the Southern (Delhi) bypass on the Lohara-Jaspal Bangar road and Bulara village on Gill Road.

Senior GLADA officials confirmed that a physical survey for suitable pockets of land for the two urban estates in Lohara and Bulara had been launched and the engineering branch was also preparing tentative layout plans for the development of urban estates, which would comprise a combination of residential flats, residential plots and commercial centres to cater to the needs of various sections.

With no residential schemes having been developed in the mega city either by GLADA or the Ludhiana Improvement Trust for almost three decades now, those looking for their "dream homes" were left to fend for themselves. With a few exceptions, many buyers of plots or built-up properties fell victims to tall claims of unscrupulous developers, or had to buy property at exorbitant rates from licensed colonisers.

Although GLADA did chip in occasionally to fulfil the need for affordable housing by launching a few schemes of residential flats or offering residential plots in its existing colonies, these were far too less in comparison to the vast need for housing for the ever-growing population of the city, especially in the wake of an increase in the disposable income of the salaried class over the past few years.

The proposed development of three urban estates, in a total area of some 2500 acres, has brought cheer to various sections of city residents.

Kulbir Singh, a bank official, said with no residential colony having been developed by any government agency for a long time now, the people had a few choices. "One could either purchase property in an illegal colony with little or no amenities or else buy a plot or flat in a licensed colony at a hefty price," he said.

Avtar Krishan, a retired government employee, said like him many aspirants for having a home of their own, now looked forward to development of the new urban estates.

"It is always reassuring to buy a plot or a flat from a government agency where the buyers get all promised amenities and facilities unlike in the case of licensed or unlicensed developers, who tend to shortchange the buyers," he said.



Man posing as cop dupes villager of mobile, Rs 34,730
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 10
A man posing as a cop allegedly duped a person of his mobile phone and Rs 34,730 at Kara Bara Chowk on the GT Road here. The con man was wearing a khaki uniform when he accosted the victim, who was returning home after selling sugarcane at a mill near Amloh.

Jasvir Singh, a resident of Dhaliwal village in Jalandhar district, along with his nephew Sukhwinder Singh, was returning home on a tractor-trailer after selling sugarcane on Thursday.

A man in his mid 20s accosted them near Kara Bara Chowk on the pretext of conducting a search. Jasvir Singh told the police that the con man was on a bike and after taking away his mobile phone and Rs 34,730, he asked both of them to reach Jalandhar Bypass Chowk, around 200 metres away from the spot.

“He told us to come and meet his senior, who was on duty at Jalandhar Bypass Chowk. When we reached the place, neither that person nor any other policeman was on duty there. It is then that I realised that I had been duped of my hard-earned money,” Jasvir Singh alleged in his complaint to the Salem Tabri police.

Ashok Kumar, munshi at the Salem Tabri police station, said a case under Sections 420 of the IPC had been registered in this connection. No arrests have been made so far.



Couples rush to tie the knot this Valentine's Day
Marriage palace owners, caterers, beauticians, band masters, florists, DJs flooded with orders
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 10
Valentine's Day has turned out to be a boon for marriage palace owners and allied businesses as couples are rushing to tie the knot on February 14. With astrologers also having given the green signal, marking the day as auspicious, the rush to get married on this day has increased manifold.

According to an estimate, there are nearly 250 marriage palaces and resorts in the city, which have already been booked for the purpose. Community centres in the city have also been booked for the day. Caterers, beauticians, band masters, florists and DJs are flooded with orders and are busy making preparations for the special day. Bartenders are reportedly charging double the amount for the day.

Guneet and Ranvijay have decided to get married on this special day. "We thought no other day will be as special as Valentine's Day to tie the knot. The colour scheme at our wedding venue will be red and white. I am doubly excited for the day," said Guneet.

Amarjeet Singh, owner of a marriage palace on Ferozepur Road, said, "February 14 is set to witness a large number of weddings as couples have chosen this day since Valentine's Day and Basant Panchami fall on the same day. Astrologers have also termed the day as auspicious for weddings," he said.

Owner of Kunal Caterers said they had received a large number of orders for February 14 as couples were eager to get married on this day. The local flower market would be unable to cater to the huge demand for flowers. Flowers would be specially flown in from Delhi and Kolkata for this day. Gurdev Singh, a wine trader, said there would be a shortage of liquor in the city on February 14.

Alok Gupta from AG Band said he was flooded with offers. "I have limited teams and can can cater to to a maximum of 24 functions in a day. Many offers have been rejected due to paucity of staff," he said. Horses are also in great demand and one horse would have to cater to three of four weddings on that day.



Police station in bad shape
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 10
The department responsible for protecting life and property of residents of the area seems to have undermined importance of lives of its own employees posted at local police station and persons visiting it.

Though the condition of the building housing the police station has been deteriorating for years, the administration instead of getting it renovated has tried to evade the responsibility by putting warning signs about its safety.

Inmates had been fleeing from two lockups as the walls had developed huge cracks. The plaster on the walls and bricks keep on falling even today, putting at risk the lives of cops, inmates and people visiting the police station to register their complaints.

The authorities instead of getting the building reconstructed or repaired, has attempted to hide the actual position by getting some rooms whitewashed. "Unsafe" signs have been displayed on other wings despite the fact that cops visit these portions in routine.

According to sources, the building has not been repaired for over past 30 years. Social workers and leaders of various political parties said the condition of rooms and verandas had started deteriorating a long time back.

Surprisingly, senior officers up to the rank of deputy inspector general have been visiting this police station but needful has not been done.

When contacted, the official looking after maintenance of the building said proposals for the repair of the building had long been sent to the authorities concerned.

Investigations further revealed that the rooms declared unsafe are being used as kitchen and stores, where majority of the police officials have to go in routine.

SHO Jasvir Singh said process for renovation of the building had already been initiated. "Few months ago a team of officials from civil department at Chandigarh visited the police station to take necessary measurements," said Singh. 



Man falls from train, dies 
Our Correspondent

Chawa(Khanna), February 10
A man died after he reportedly fell from a moving train at the Chawa railway crossing here. The matter came to light this morning when some people noticed the body lying near the railway track.

A Government Railway Police (GRP) official said the victim had probably fallen last night. He added that the person was aged between 30-35 years and perhaps was a migrant labourer. The body was spotted at 6 am with multiple injuries, he said.

The body was sent to the Civil Hospital, Khanna, for post mortem to ascertain the exact cause of death. The identity of the victim is being ascertained. 



from  colleges
Athletics events

The students of the Government College, Karamsar; Shanti Tara College for Women, Akbarpur Chhanna; and Guru Har Krishan Girls College, Phallewal; exhibited their talents in various events organised at their respective institutes. Varinderjit Singh (BA III), Daljit Kaur and Gurminder Kaur (BSc III) were adjudged best athletes in their respective categories at the Government College, Karamsar. Baba Jaswant Singh, a disciple of Sant Baba Teja Singh inaugurated the event and Saneh Lata, principal, Government College, Roop Nagar, was the chief guest. Professor Nirmal Singh, and Manju Sharma, principal, gave away the prizes to the winners.

Seminar on consumer issues

A seminar on “Consumer Protection in Globalised Era-Issues, Challenges and Strategies” was organised by the Post Graduate Department of Commerce, Lalpat Rai DAV College, Jagraon. Amit Kaushik, Senior lawyer at the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chandigarh; Prof Rajesh Marwaha, associate professor; Kamla Lohtia, SD College, Ludhiana, and Prof Sanjeev Sharma, associate professor, DAV College, Jalandhar, visited as the resource persons during the occasion.

Basant Panchmi

Basant Panchmi was celebrated at the Guru Nanak Institute of Design and Technology, Gujarkhan campus, Model Town. The campus was decorated with kites. Staff and students were dressed in yellow coloured Punjabi attire. It was day full of music, dance and talent. The students enjoyed yellow rice and celebrated the charm of Basant.

Inter-college declamation contest

As many as 18 colleges participated in the competition and delivered lectures on the various topics related to the moral values at the Inter-college vedic declamation contest organised by Ved Parchar Mandal at Ramgarhia Girls College. Gurpreet Kaur of the Kamla Nehru College of Education, Phagwara, won the first prize whereas Ramandeeep Kaur of Swami Gangagiri Janta College, Raikot, and Kiranjit Kaur of the Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College for Women , Kamaalpura, received the 2nd and 3rd prizes, respectively.

Khalsa Khed Utsav on Feb 12

The 9th Khalsa Khed Utsav will be held at the Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College for Women, Jhar Sahib, from February 12 to 14. College principal Paramjit Kaur Tiwana said 3,000 students from 26 colleges participate in the games hosted by SGPC every year. She said on the opening day Jathedar Avtar Singh, president, SGPC, will preside over the function. Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, MP, and Maheshinder Singh Grewal, advisor to CM, will be the special guests on the occasion.

Conference on peace and security

The Malwa College, Bondli, Samrala, hosted a conference on the topic “Peace and Security: Need for a new Paradigm”. The conference was sponsored by the ICSSR. In the modern age of nuclear empowerment and armament, the concept of peace is of great relevance. Many social thinkers deliberated on social, economic and cultural aspects of fair and equitable political set up with non-violent means. The conference aimed at deliberations on ways to achieve peace and security other than war. The conference was inaugurated by DS Bains, Principal Secretary (Home & Justice), Punjab. He cited examples of many incidents of violence from across the world.

Inter-college tech fest

An inter-college tech fiesta, Spark 2013, was organised at the Doraha Institute of Management and Technology (DIMT), Doraha. As many as 300 students from various technical and degree colleges from across Punjab participated in the event. In this competition, seven events- power point presentation, code debugging, case based group discussion, business plan, what’s your story, video documentary and computer programming- were held.

Seminar on education for holistic health

The GHG Harparkash College of Education for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, near Jagraon, organised a one day national seminar on 'Education for Holistic Health' in the college campus. As many as 105 delegates from different educational institutions attended the seminar which was sponsored by the College Development Council, Panjab University, Chandigarh. A large number of teachers and students of various educational institutes were also present during the seminar. —TNS



Pensioners OPPOSE property tax
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 10
The Northern Railway Pensioners Welfare Association during its monthly meeting today criticised the civic body’s proposal to impose property tax on the owners of residential houses in the city.

Chairman of the association Sher Singh said the new tax was nothing but a desperate bid of the state government to create more financial resources for the crisis-ridden municipal bodies in Punjab at the cost of the people who were already reeling under a severe inflation.

Singh said the notion that the owners of residential houses could afford to bear the burden of property tax.

“It is only a small section of affluent people living in palatial houses who would not feel the pinch of the property tax. For a vast majority of people having their own houses or even those living on rented properties, the levy will be a crushing blow.”

Senior vice president of the association TV Singh said the MC had not been able to provide basic amenities to the majority of people in the city.

“Roads are bad in a bad condition, water supply is erratic and sewerage network in inadequate. In such a situation, there is no justification of imposing any more financial burden on the residents," Singh said.

The pensioners questioned the politically motivated decision to abolish octroi. Poor diagnostic and therapeutic facilities at the Railway Hospital were discussed during the meeting.



from  schools
Festivals of India

The students of nursery and prep-I of the DCM Presidency School left the audience spellbound by performing various festivals of India on the stage. The theme of the function was “Festivals of India” to make the tiny tots aware about the Indian culture. The function started with Ganesh Vandana in the form of classical dance. The students enthralled the audience with the celebration of Lord Krishna's birthday with their dandiya dance.

Annual day

The students of Bal Bharati School celebrated their annual event- Basant Utsav. The campus was beautifully decorated for the event. On the occasion students performed colourful and energetic 'Bhangra'. The fete was inaugurated by the students, staff and principal by releasing balloons. The healthy and chubby tiny-tots outdid one another in charm in the “Healthy Baby Contest” conducted by Homeocare wherein doctors examined the participants. The healthy recipe competition proved to be really nutritious and palatable as it was difficult to adjudge the entries that outdid each other in presentation and taste. The last attraction of the fair was raffle draw. —TNS



Cop used influence to falsely implicate me, says brother
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 10
The elder brother of Inspector Dilpreet Singh was booked in an attempt to murder case for attacking him. Now after three days his brother has come out in open and accused Dilpreet of using his influence for getting a false case registered against him.

Inspector Dilpreet Singh on the other hand has refuted these allegations and has claimed that he was attacked by his brother with a sword.

Harpreet Singh is a property dealer and claimed that on Wednesday evening his children saw Dilpreet chasing his friend with a sword in his hand.

After the incident, a case under Sections 307, 324 and 34 of the IPC was registered against Harpreet Singh at Division Number 5 police station.

Harpreet, along with his family met Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh and an inquiry into the matter was marked to ACP Gurpreet Kaur Purewal.

Harpreet said, "He used to bring girls in our house and when we objected to it, he used to abuse and misbehave with us. My family is taking shelter at some other place while Dilpreet is staying in our house."

Inspector Nirmal Singh, SHO of Division Number 5 police station said: "Dilpreet is mentally unstable. We have met both the parties after the registration of this FIR; we advised them to settle this matter amicably because both of them are brothers. Moreover, we are not harassing anyone and the case will be thoroughly investigated."



Gurdwara committee launches plantation drive in Sarabha Nagar
Tribune News Service

A bicycle, carrying a message to encourage people to ride bicycles in order to remain fit, is displayed on the lawns of a gurdwara at Sarabha Nagar in Ludhiana.
A bicycle, carrying a message to encourage people to ride bicycles in order to remain fit, is displayed on the lawns of a gurdwara at Sarabha Nagar in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

The Gurdwara Shree Guru Singh Sabha has adopted many trees on the road leading to the Sarabha Nagar gurdwara in Ludhiana.
The Gurdwara Shree Guru Singh Sabha has adopted many trees on the road leading to the Sarabha Nagar gurdwara in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, February 10
Gurdwara Shree Guru Singh Sabha, Sarabha Nagar, has launched a plantation drive "balhari kudrat vasya" dedicated to Guru Har Rai, the seventh guru of the Sikhs. Guru Rai was a prominent environmentalist.

The managing committee of the gurdwara has planted nearly 500 saplings in Sarabha Nagar. Trees on the road leading to the gurdwara have also been adopted.

“Watering, cutting and pruning are being done by the gurdwara. Usually people plant saplings and after that they are forgotten. We are ensuring that the saplings are also well nourished," said Jatinder Singh Sandhu, president of the managing committee.

“Flower shows are a routine feature at our gurdwara. We are holding a competition for the best house garden on March 3. The judges will visit the houses of the participants," he added.

A cycle has been put on display at the lawn of the gurdwara to encourage the habit of cycle driving among residents. This will help people remain fit and along with serving the purpose of environmental protection. 



PHCs fail to conduct postmortems 
Civil Surgeon’s directions to medical officers fall on deaf ears
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 10
The instructions of the Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, to all senior medical officers in the district to conduct postmortem of cases falling under their jurisdiction at the respective primary health centres (PHCs) and community health centres (CHCs) seem to have fallen into deaf ears.

For, some autopsy cases from the peripheries are still being sent to the Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana. This increases the workload of the staff of the civil hospital furthermore.

Dr Subhash Batta, Civil Sugeon, Ludhiana, on July 25, 2012 had issued direction to all senior medical officers in the district not to send postmortem and medico-legal cases to other jurisdictions.

“These jurisdictions are fixed by the state government after consulting the police department and the respective district administrations. None can change these on their own. Even the police department has requested us to follow the jurisdictions by the CHCs and PHCs," the instruction read.

Some of the employees working at the civil hospital rue the fact that the instructions were not being followed.

"Cases of postmortem from Khanna, Doraha and Payal are sent here. Postmortem facility is very much available in Khanna and Payal. All this adds to our burden," an employee said.

“On an average, eight to 10 postmortem cases are conducted at the civil hospital every day. It takes about one hour to conduct a postmortem and then the doctor concerned has to file a complete report on it which is very time consuming,” he added. 



First-aid camp for police personnel held 
Tribune News Service

Policewomen take part in a special training session on first aid at the Police Lines in Ludhiana on Sunday.
Policewomen take part in a special training session on first aid at the Police Lines in Ludhiana on Sunday. A Tribune photograph 

Ludhiana, February 10
With a view to curb the number of road accidents, the city police today organised a special training session in first-aid at the Police Lines here.

The session was supervised by Kaka Ram Verma, a former employee with the Red Cross.

Inspector Buland Singh, in-charge (Traffic and PCR) said a total of 532 officials from Traffic Police, Police Control Room, Police Lines and women personnel were trained on providing first-aid in cases of cardiac arrest, fracture, bleeding, epilepsy, fire incident, building collapse victims.

“The police personnel were also trained about the manner in which victims should be taken out of the debris, how to make them lie on stretcher, how to lift them on arms and tips about blood pressure and sugar levels,”€ť he said. 



Drug awareness walk to start from Gurdaspur today
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 10
To create awareness in the society against the menace of drugs an awareness walk across Punjab will start on Monday from Dera Baba Nanak, Gurdaspur. It will conclude at Chandigarh.

Gurbhajan Gill, president of the Punjabi Sahit Akademi (PSA), said: “The awareness drive is spearheaded by the Canada based NRI, Balwinder Singh Kahlon, who is the chairman of the Drug Awareness Foundation (DAFC), Canada.”

Balwinder Kahlon, while addressing a huge pre-event gathering, said: “The use of drugs and alcohol is engulfing the Punjabi community. It has also resulted in escalated anti-social and illegal activities. The increased use of alcohol and drug has caused variety of social, domestic, financial and health related challenges in the community. We need to change our lifestyle and stay away from alcohol as even occasional drinking can lead to problems.”

The program is getting tremendous from various organizations, including PSA, Ludhiana, Prof Mohan Singh Memorial Federation, Ludhiana, Social Welfare Forum, Batala, Indian Cultural Association, Kartarpur, Surjit Sports Association, Batala, and Punjabi Culture Study Circle International, Ludhiana.

The participants will leave Dera Baba Nanak in the morning. Ragi Harjinder Singh Srinagar will sing shabads on the occasion and the prominent preachers, including Giani Pinderpal Singh and Giani Amir Singh of Jawaddi Taksal, Ludhiana. The awareness carvan will also visit Golden Temple in Amritsar. 



NGO demands better facilities for cancer patients 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 10
An NGO, Vishwa Guru Ravidass Mission, has demanded better health facilities for the cancer patients, who are ecnomically week, from the Health and Family Welfare Minister, Madan Mohan Mittal, and Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal.

Shiv Ram Saroy, president of the NGO, said: “Arrangements for better health facilities for the economically weaker cancer patients should be the top priority. Many patients remain devoid of proper medical facilities as many government hospitals lack advanced equipments.”

He said treatment should be provided to cancer patients at the earliest and the government hospitals should be equipped with better health equipments, experts and facilities. 



23 complaints settled at public darbar

Ludhiana, February 10
As many as 23 complaints were settled and disposed off during a public darbar organised at Division Number 2 police station today.

Inspector Gurpreet Singh, SHO of Division Number 2 police station, said the public darbar was organised for the speedy disposal of complaints filed in the police station. More such initiatives for the welfare of the area residents would be organised.—TNS



2-day education programme organised

Ludhiana, February 10
To upgrade the professional skills of physiotherapists, Physiocare Physiotherapy and rehabilitation Centre, Ludhiana, organised a two-day education programme.

On the occasion, a physiotherapy workshop on advanced ankle and foot problems like pain, frequent twisting of ankle and foot, swelling, planter fasciitis, flat foot was conducted.

Dr Som Gupta, organising secretary, said: “The main motive of this program is to sharpen the skills of physiotherapists ."—TNS



Chinese kite strings continue to flood markets 
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 10
Kite strings made of Chinese nylon continue to flood the markets with impunity despite the authorities had put a ban on the use of such material. The fact that strings made of Chinese nylon had claimed some lives of late hardly seems to have deterred people from using them.

The administration’s drive to restrict and check the easy availability of such kite strings has proved toothless so far. The parents and their wards are turning a blind eye to the menace.

During an open kite-flying competition organised at a school in Dugri, most of the children had brought these strings. A parent who was flying the kite along with children said he knew such strings were banned adding he bought them since his kids were interested on buying the same.

One of the parents said the administration must take effective measures to prevent such strings coming to the markets.

“If these reach the markets, gullible children will use these. So there should be a complete ban on these,” he said. 



Man’s leg crushed under low-floor bus

Ludhiana, February 10
A Patiala resident was injured today when one of his legs was crushed under the rear tyres of a low-floor bus at the Jalandhar Bypass Chowk here. The victim, Anil Kumar (35), had come to the city to attend a wedding ceremony. When he was about to board a bus (PB 10 DJ 8479) at 8 am from the Jalandhar Bypass Chowk, the driver moved the bus due to which he fell down and his left leg came under its rear tyres.

Anil was rushed to the Civil Hospital in an ambulance from where he was referred to the Christian Medical College and Hospital for treatment. His condition is stated to be out of danger now. — TNS




Governor Patil releases book

Governor of Punjab Shivraj Patil released a book titled “Indo-European Legal System – a Comparative Study” authored by Harpreet Sandhu, a Ludhiana based advocate, and a former additional advocate general, Punjab, at Punjab Raj Bhavan.

NCC cadets take examination

NCC cadets take the 'B' certificate examination at SCD Government College in Ludhiana.
NCC cadets take the 'B' certificate examination at SCD Government College in Ludhiana. A tribune photograph.

As many as 2,040 NCC cadets participated in the 'B' certificate examination held at SCD Government College. This was said by Col Mohan Singh, training officer at the Group Headquarters. He said the cadets were from 40 institutions, including schools and colleges in the district.

Amarat-e-Sharia to be formed

The chairman of the Punjab Waqf Board and the former DGP Mohamed Izhar Alam on Sunday held meetings at Khamano and Khanna. They said we will reach Ludhiana on February 17 to form Amarat-e-Sharia for the welfare of Mulims in the state.

Dental camp

The Shree Lakshmi Narayan Charitable Hospital organised a free dental check-up camp. Filling and other treatments were conducted by team of doctors from the CMC Dental College and Hospital.

Medical camp

A free medical camp was organised at the community centre in Model Gram. It was organised by Sri Durga Mata Mandir Trust. A team of doctors, specialising in skin, medicine, eyes, dermatology, dental, and physiotherapy checked as many as 1,490 patients from different parts of the city.

Ludhiana Bhalai Manch

Ludhiana Bhalai Manch organised a free medical camp in the city on Sunday. As many as 1,000 patients were checked during the camp. Krishan Gopal Raju from the organisation said that in the days of inflation, medical treatment is becoming costlier and camps 
like these are helping people to get free medical-aid and advice.

Conference on rights of workers

The divisional conference of women wing of the Northern Railwaymen's Union was held on Sunday. More than 250 women participated in the conference. The conference was presided over by Bhajan Kaur. Paramjieet Kaur, Tejpal Kaur and Veena Sharma addressed the conference. Divisional secretary of the union Daljeet Singh said women have an important role to play in the struggle for the rights of workers, particularly in the days of inflation and unemployment.


The workers of Shiv Sena Hindustan organised a protest against Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde against the statements about Hindu terrorism. The party workers alleged that the minister was trying to create a climate of unrest by using term like Hindu Terrorism.

‘No compromise on security’

Pawan Dewan, president, District Congress Committee (Urban), said by giving death penalty to Afzal Guru, the UPA government has sent clear signals that there would be no compromise on security of the country.

Holidays: Bank staff flay govt

The members of the Indian National Bank Employees Congress have condemned the Punjab government for causing discrimination with bank employees who have been denied many important holidays during the declaration of gazetted holidays by the Punjab government. The government had announced 34 gazetted holidays for Punjab government employees in addition 20 restricted holidays, whereas bank employees are allowed only 17 holidays under the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881.



Two trucks carrying cattle impounded 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 10
The city police confiscated two truckloads carrying 40 cows here yesterday. Reports said the cattle were being taken to Mizoram for breeding purpose but neither the local authorities were informed nor a permission was sought in this regard from the district administration.

On a tip-off, members of a social organisation reached the spot yesterday and reportedly tried to manhandle the staff. A total of 14 people have been booked.

Raj Kumar, SHO, Division Number 7 police station, said they had received information that some people were loading cows in two trucks near a dairy on the Tajpur road.

“When we reached the spot, we confiscated the cows. Those carrying the cows claimed that they were representatives of the Mizoram government and were taking these cows for a breeding project. But they had neither informed us nor did they take any permission which is necessary in such cases,” Kumar added.

A case under various sections of the IPC, Cow Slaughter Act, 1955, and Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act has been registered against Sunil Kumar, Parteek Kumar and SK Vaish, all residents of UP, Parminder Singh, Amarjit Singh, Vijay Kumar and Dr Bhajan Singh.

In another case, the Jamalpur police confiscated 20 cows from the Chandigarh road area. Jamalpur SHO Davinder Singh said he had received information that two truckloads of cows were being taken somewhere.

“Both the trucks were confiscated from near Veer Palace on the Chandigarh road yesterday. They also claimed that they are taking the cows to Mizoram to a breeding project,” the SHO said.

A case under various sections of the IPC, Cow Slaughter Act, 1955, and Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act has been registered against Sukhraj Singh, Partap Singh, Tarsem Singh, Jagmanjit Singh, Jagan, Ram Parmeshwar Rai and Manpreet Singh. 



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