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Woman dies undergoing treatment at hospital
Kin cry foul, create ruckus; docs say she died of cardiac arrest
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 4
High drama was witnessed at a private hospital near the Income Tax Colony in Tagore Nagar when a woman who was undergoing treatment for a gallbladder stone died here today. The husband of the victim alleged that there was negligence on the part of doctors at the hospital.

While the hospital authorities maintain that the condition of the woman worsened during the time of treatment and she died due to cardiac arrest. The woman has been identified as Kanta Monga, a resident of Aman Nagar Salem Tabri.

Victim's husband Ashwani Kumar said his wife was taken to ICU last night and in the morning he was told to that she died due of cardiac arrest.

"We were not allowed to enter the ICU and the room was locked from inside. We tried speaking to the doctor concerned, but he left for Pune," said Ashwani Kumar.

The relatives of Kanta went on a rampage when she was declared dead. They allegedly manhandled the staff and doctors of the hospital. Kanta's husband Ashwani also suffered injuries during the scuffle.

Jaswinder Singh, Additional SHO, Division No. 8, said the body of Kanta had been sent to the civil hospital where a board of doctors would conduct the autopsy.

Further the police was recording the statement of Kanta's husband and appropriate action would be taken, said Jaswinder Singh.The doctor who attended upon the victim could not be contacted
for comments.


Kin stage dharna over patient’s death
Seek action against Kiran Hospital authorities
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 4
Relatives of Mini Chopra, a pregnant woman, who allegedly died during treatment a few days ago, staged a dharna outside Kiran Hospital and demanded action against the hospital authorities.

The relatives demanded that action should be taken against the doctor couple who were treating her.

The victim's brother-in law, Deepak, said that there was no ambulance in the hospital. "The hospital authorities told us to rush Mini to a bigger hospital for treatment. When we asked for the ambulance, the hospital authorities told us that they did not have one. We tried our best to arrange for a vehicle and even requested people on the road to help us take Mini to the hospital. Finally, Mini was rushed to Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital on an auto-rickshaw where she was declared brought dead," said Deepak.

In another case, the Shimlapuri police had recently registered a case against Dr Jaskiran Kaur, who also works at the same hospital, under Section 304 A of the IPC.

On the other hand, Dr Manoj Sobti, president, Indian Medical Association, Punjab, condemned the increasing incidents of vandalising the hospital.

"The government has made the Prevention of Violence against Medical Institution Act in 2008. Under this Act who so ever causes loss to the hospital by ransacking the premises is liable to be punished. Further, there is the Supreme Court ruling, which reads that a case will be registered against the doctor only after any negligence is found by the board of doctors. If the present scenario persists then the day is not far when the doctors will stop attending to emergency cases," Sobti said.

When asked whether no ambulance was available at the hospital, Sobti said he would look in the matter.

doc condemns vandalising of hospitals

The government made the Prevention of Violence against Medical Institution Act in 2008. Under this Act who so ever causes loss to the hospital by ransacking the premises is liable to be punished. Further, there is the Supreme Court ruling, which reads that a case will be registered against the doctor only after any negligence is found by the board of doctors. If the present scenario persists then the day is not far when the doctors will stop attending to emergency cases

— Dr Manoj Sobti, president, Indian Medical Association, Punjab



Railway link to Chandigarh still awaiting completion
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 4
City residents will have to wait for some more time before the Chandigarh- Ludhiana railway link becomes functional, as the construction work on the track has not yet been completed. The rail link from Ludhiana to Chandigarh is eagerly awaited by passengers, as it will save their commuting time.

Railways officials said the construction work on the track is not yet complete.

The Railway Safety Commission which functions under the Civil Aviation Ministry is yet to give its approval whether the newly-laid track is fit for transportation. The Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) is yet to conduct trials.

"The patch work is still going on at the Ludhiana-Chandigarh track, so the higher authorities of the Railways are yet to invite the Commissioner of Railway  Safety", said a railway official requesting anonymity.

The Railways has jumped several deadlines. Earlier, the railway officials used to claim that the trial would be conducted on March 15 and the track would be made functional by March 31.

When contacted, Williamjeet Singh, Executive Engineer (Construction), said, "I am not aware about the status of the work as I have already been transferred". Ravinder Sharma, Station Superintendent, Ludhiana, said," We are expecting that the CRS will conduct the trial in the next few days.



Now, file your quarterly VAT return after April 9
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 4
The Excise and Taxation Department has stopped uploading the VAT quarterly returns till April 9 as a few changes are being made in the return forms. The new VAT 15 form for the fourth quarter of 2012-13 will be available from April 9 onwards. "All concerned are requested not to download the form before April 9 and to start e-filing for fourth quarter 4 after April 9," said Anurag Verma, excise and taxation commissioner.

After analysing various suggestions in detail, it has now been decided to incorporate some of these in the form. In case of E-I/E-II sales, dealers will be able to opt for Punjab as a state (in VAT 18/19), which is currently missing from the list.

In case of the reversal on lubricants (and other reversals, branch transfer and tax-free sales), rate will be changed from 4 per cent to 5 per cent. Columns will be re-adjusted for better printing of the VAT-15 form. In CST-1, field for Rounding Off will be added; and additional commodities will be included in the commodity list, said Verma. The remaining suggestions will require a major overhaul in the form, and hence it has been decided to incorporate them in the VAT-15 form of the first quarter of the next financial year after consultation with stakeholders.

Jatinder Khurana, president of Taxation Young Lawyers Association, said on the one hand the department was making online filing of returns compulsory, and on the other hand it was making changes every now and then. "The department should have launched the online filing of returns on a trial basis and should have made it mandatory only after it was sure that there were no shortcomings. It is very difficult for us to change the software after every quarter," he said.



Expiry of contract
MC multi-storey parking issue sparks row
Mayor, senior municipal corporation officials take divergent stand
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 4
The multi-storey parking of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC) located at the Zone-A Headquarters of the civic body at Mata Rani Chowk here is in midst of a controversy with the City Mayor, Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, and the senior MC officials taking a divergent stand after expiry of the contract for parking lot on March 28, 2013.

While the Mayor has expressed his displeasure over the extension of the contract for one month on payment of a pro-rata licence fee by the contractor, the officials are feeling helpless as on Wednesday their attempts to remove the present contractor failed. The contractor took a stand that after the official extension for one month and making a payment of Rs 2.15 lakh on this account, he was well within his rights to operate the parking lot till April 28, 2013.

The officials concerned are not saying this in words but they admit that the Mayor had not taken kindly to the so called extension of the contract “behind his back”.

"The Mayor had issued instructions to evict the contractor and get possession of the parking lot on Wednesday, but the contractor stood his ground and refused to hand over the possession as the contract had been officially extended for one month, and the pro-rata licence fee had been deposited with the consent of the officials," an MC official said pleading anonymity.

Although it could not be officially confirmed, there were reports that the Mayor had sought an explanation from the staff concerned for the failure to constitute a committee, which was to fix the reserve price and conduct an auction for the allotment of the multi-storeyed parking lot well before the expiry of the previous contract on March 28, 2013.

The officials said the annual licence fee of Rs 25.87 lakh generated from the parking lot for 2012-13, seemed to be on the very low side and that was the main reason that the MC had decided to set up a committee to discuss the issue in detail.

"The committee was to fix the reserve price and at the same time also explore the possibility of handing over the facility to some private agency on a BOT basis with the conditions that the operator would maintain the facility in a proper manner and also make operational a restaurant constructed on the top floor, which could bring in greater revenue for the MC," the officials said. They further said that whatever had to be done about the parking lot, would be decided soon and alternative arrangements would be in place before the expiry of the extension period.

mayor has not taken kindly to it

"The Mayor had issued instructions to evict the contractor and get possession of the parking lot on Wednesday, but the contractor stood his ground and refused to hand over the possession as the contract had been officially extended for one month, and the pro-rata licence fee had been deposited with the consent of the officials," an MC official said pleading anonymity. The officials concerned are not saying this in words, but they admitted that the Mayor had not taken kindly to the so called extension of the contract “behind his back”.



Tardiness in development work
MC ropes in private firms for better planning, supervision
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 4
In the wake of tardy progress of ongoing development work, slack supervisory control and reports of other irregularities in surveillance, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (LMC) is toying with the idea of entrusting the job to private companies.

The underlying objective of this exercise is to bring in qualitative improvement in the fields of planning, landscaping, architecture, execution and supervision of development-related works and also fix accountability for failures and delays.

In response to the call from the MC for expression of interest, 13 private companies from different parts of India had submitted their offers, and eight of them today made a detailed presentation at a meeting convened by MC Additional Commissioner Isha Kalia.

Teams of officials of two firms each from New Delhi, Chandigarh and Ludhiana, and one each from Noida and Nagpur were among those who apprised the MC officials of their experience in handling the work of planning, surveillance and surveys carried out for different development agencies and local bodies.

Interacting with the officials of the firms, the MC officials said that the private company or panel of companies would be required to undertake work related to assessment, scrutiny of plans and related activities, preparation of drawings and project survey plans for putting the development works and other major projects on fast track.

The Additional Commissioner later said that some of the companies that had expressed interest in the work had made a presentation and the MC would shortlist the eligible firms so that experts in the fields of architecture, planning, landscaping and projects could be made available to them and such works could be entrusted to them as and when required.

firms apprise mc officials

Officials of two firms each from New Delhi, Chandigarh and Ludhiana, and one each from Noida and Nagpur were among those who apprised the MC officials of their experience in handling the work of planning, surveillance and surveys carried out for different development agencies and local bodies.



Man dies of injuries following brawl with friend
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 4
A 35-year-old man, who had suffered serious head injuries following a fight with a friend, died at a local hospital here today. The victim has been identified as Mohd Noor Alam. The police has arrested the accused, Sabre Mohammed, and started the investigation.

An embroider by profession, the victim was living in the New Kundanpuri area along with his brother Mohd Aadras Alam.

It was on the night of March 27 that Mohd Noor Alam along with Sabre Mohammed went to a rented quarter to consume liquor.

During midnight, Noor and Sabre had a heated argument. In a fit of rage Sabre thrashed Noor badly. The victim suffered serious head injuries and was rushed to a multi-speciality hospital where he died today.

The police said that Noor and Sabre were close friends and hailed from the same village of Darbhanga district in Bihar. They used to consume liquor together.

Vinod Kumar, SHO, Division No. 4, said that the accused was arrested yesterday. Today, the police registered a case against Sabre Mohammed under Section 302 of the IPC.



Farm varsity initiates inquiry into sale-of-soil case
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 4
The Punjab Agricultural University has finally initiated an inquiry in the last year’s sale-of-soil case that reportedly led to a loss of Rs 60 lakh to the varsity. The PAU authorities reportedly also stopped payments to the contractor concerned.

In March 2012, the PAU authorities allegedly sold the soil that was dug up during the construction of a sewerage treatment plant near Gate No 7 on the varsity premises.

It was reported that the university authorities sold the soil for Rs 20 per cubic metre, and after a span of one month purchased soil for another construction work on the PAU campus at a much higher rate.

The soil purchased for the construction work at the auditorium near Gate No 1 was bought for Rs 395 per cubic metre. This move resulted in the loss of around Rs 60 lakh to the university.

It was also alleged that some of the university officials ignored the contractual rules while signing the deal with the contractor concerned.

Dr Jaskaran Singh, estate officer, PAU, however, maintained that the issue was misrepresented by the media. “There was some problem among contractors. An inquiry is going on. We will be able to comment only after the inquiry report.”



debarred from Examination
Detained students meet Assistant Commissioner
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 4
As the management of Kamla Lohtia College here, refused to succumb to the pressure of the 23 students, who were detained by the college, the students met with Assistant Commissioner Grievances, J P Singh here today. The students requested the administration to intervene and ask the college authorities to let them sit in the final examinations.

JP Singh told the The Tribune that the students had come in the morning and maintained that college authorities were not allowing them to take their exams. "While, I spoke to the members of the management, who said that the students were detained by the University as they had failed in house examinations and had not attended their required lectures. Still, I have asked the college management to convince the students that the step to detain them, has been taken by the University and not by the college", said Singh.

Meanwhile, the College Management Committee maintains that on November 9, 2012, college had put a list of 200 such students on the board, who had not attended required lectures. "177 from total 200, managed to attend regular classes after that and they were allowed to take exams. These 23 students from different courses, did not pay attention to the warning. Even after that, they failed to attend the lectures. The list of the students was sent to the Panjab University and they had been detained. It is no use to raise hue and cry at this stage when examinations have started. They could have paid attention well before in time", said Sandeep Aggarwal and Pawan, members Management Committee.

It may be mentioned here that the final examinations of these students have already started and they have failed to take their first examination.



Government college inks MoU with city stock exchange
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 4
The Ministry of Human Resource Development , Government of India, has selected two colleges, SCD Government College, Ludhiana and Government Mohindra College, Patiala, for the Community College Scheme to offer special programmes.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between SCD Government College and Ludhiana Stock Exchange Limited to develop mutually beneficial programs, projects and activities to run the Skill Development Programme in Stock Market Trading and Operations.

The Programme will be started under the Community College Scheme of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India under the supervison and patronage of Department of Higher Education, Government of Punjab. The basic aim of the skill development programme will be to empower the entrants to acquire an integrated understanding of the stock, financial and capital market needed from conception to implementation.

The programme will enable the entrants to earn the necessary certification for critical jobs and positions in the Industry. The programme will be affiliated with the Panjab University, Chandigarh. As a part of this pact, the Ludhiana Stock Exchange Limited will provide training and professional support to the SCD Government College Ludhiana to run the above said programme. It will also provide its venues and expertise to update and develop the project.

The pact was signed by Professor Rajinder Singh , Principal, SCD Government College ludhiana, on behalf of Department of Higher Education, Government of Punjab and Professor VP Gaur, Chairman of the Ludhiana Stock Exchange. Dr Ashwani Bhalla Programme Coordinator, Department of Business Innovations , Dr BM Sarwal, Coordinator UGC cell put their signature as a witness to the pact.

While speaking on the occasion Professor Rajinder Singh, Principal SCD Government College said that with the signing of this pact, the business education in the city of Ludhiana would get new meaning and would be tuned as per the requirements of the industry. He said,"Our commerce department is already running Masters Programme in Business Innovations which is sharpening the business skills of the students". Professor Gaur, Chairman of the Ludhiana stock Exchange said," We are always ready to spread investment education and the decision of SCD Government College to start the programme on stock market trading and operations is a welcome step, which must be endorsed with great honour".



Two PAU students bring laurels
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Shruti ChopraLudhiana April 4
Shruti Chopra and Minakshi Thakur students of Punjab Agricultural University bring laurels, as their research work was well applauded in a national level research convention held recently. Shruti Chopra, a PhD student at Agriculture Economics department participated in National Student Research Convention "ANVESHAN 2013," organised by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. She won the third prize in this national research convocation.

Dr Ram Pani, Chairman, AIU, and Dr Parshuram, Director, TISS, presented the a cash prize of Rs 10,000 to Shruti for presentation on the topic entitled, "Changing Pattern of Consumption and Implications for Food Security in India."

Dr Mann Singh Toor, Professor of Economics-cum-major advisor of Shruti Chopra said, "I am really happy on Shruti's achievement. She has extraordinary skills and she complete her tasks with great dedication."

Shruti Chopra said, "I want to give all the credit to my adviser Dr Mann Singh Toor and Kamal Vatta, who motivated me to participate in competition. These were the unbelievable moments for me, when organisers announced that I had won third prize". Viney Chopra, father of Shruti and Dr Kamal Vatta, Associate Professor of Economics also lauded the accomplishment of Shruti.

Meanwhile, Minakshi Thakur a PhD student of Department of Biochemistry participated in zonal level competition of "ANVESHAN," held at Kurukshetra University, Haryana and bagged second prize in competition. She got the prize on the topic entitled "Physiological interfaced on Elicitors in Brassica species in inducing resistance against alternaria blight".



DEO inspects schools, finds employees absent
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 4
Cracking whip against the employees, who remain absent from duties, the District Education Officer (Secondary) Paramjit Kaur Chahal and the teams constituted by her, conducted inspections in around 20 schools here today.

Around half a dozen employees were found absent from their duties. The list of absent staff has been sent to the Director General of Secondary Education by the department here.

The DEO (Secondary), Paramjit Kaur Chahal said that this was the second inspection in last two-three days and certain employees were found absent. "The lists of such erring staff are being sent to the DGSE for necessary action. We have to maintain quality education in schools and staff and for that teachers have to perform duties religiously", said the DEO.



9,000 children in district suffer from various disabilities, finds official survey
Department facing reluctance from economically weaker parents
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 4
Over 9,000 children in the district are suffering from various disabilities. The real number could be much higher than these official figures. Last year, the number of such students stood at 12,147. This year it has fallen to 9,040 as students of private schools have not been included in the official survey conducted by the Inclusive Education for Disabled (IED) department.

The Inclusive Education for Disabled Children, a project under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, aims at identifying these children and providing them free treatment. The IED department has identified a total of 9,040 children studying at government and aided schools and a few children from poor families as well who suffer from disabilities including physical challenge, autism, thalessemia, cancer, diabetes and heart diseases. District coordinator, IED, Gulzar Shah, said that after identifying these children, medication programme was started for many of them and surgeries were also performed in many cases.

The department, however, has to face reluctance on the part of parents of differently abled children.

"We face a lot of problems due to reluctance on parents' side. Majority of the students belong to poor families. When they are told that treatment will be done at the PGI, Chandigarh, or some other hospital where they will have to stay during the time of treatment, they say no to it. Fearing that they will have to pay for the stay and medicines, they prefer to keep their wards at home. Due to this, the purpose of the project gets defeated,” said Shah.

Many students also need the services of physiotherapists on a regular basis, but with just one physiotherapist provided to the department, students suffer. "We have been requesting the higher authorities to provide us with more physiotherapists so that more children can be treated,” said Shah.

The Director General of Secondary Education, KS Pannu, had recently instructed all the district education officers and headmasters and principals of schools to identify students suffering from various disabilities. He also asked them to make an extra effort in making such children understand the syllabus.



Do not rebuke hearing-impaired children
Sudden stress may lead to cardiac problems and even death, says research
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 4
Do not rebuke or punish hearing-impaired children at school or home if they find it difficult to express themselves as effectively as other children. Any sudden stress can lead to serious cardiac problems in such children and can even cause death.

This advice has been given by Dr John Pramod, professor of physiology at Christian Medical College and Hospital. He along with Dr Joydeep Singh, professor, and Dr Seema Sharma, assistant professor, recently conducted a research on the hearing-impaired children.

Talking to the Tribune, Dr John Pramod said: "Since some of the hearing-impaired students find difficult to express themselves adequately or as effectively as other children, they are often misunderstood at schools and at homes. Such situations frequently subject them to parental rebuke, rebuttals and punishments for no fault of theirs and leave them frightened. Deafness is known to be associated with irregularities in the heart beat. This defect is frequently manifested in deaf-mute children in the form of palpitations, fainting attacks, convulsions or sometimes even death. An entity known as Long QT Syndrome is thought to be the cause of this heart ailment in children who are hearing impaired since birth."

Dr Pramod and his colleagues conducted a study on 102 congenitally deaf children to assess if they had any rhythm disturbances in their ECG at rest and after a short spell of mild to moderate exercise. Their ECG was analysed specifically to see any abnormal change in the heart rhythm or heart rate in comparison to other children who had no such impairment.

The researchers found that mild to moderate exercise did not produce any significant deviation from expected values in the ECG of both the types of children of the same age and gender. However, when pre and post exercise QT values of hearing-impaired children were compared with other children, the hearing-impaired girls had significantly longer QT, both at rest and after exercise. The hearing-impaired children also exhibited occasional ECG abnormality at rest and an array of abnormalities after exercise.

A city-based ENT specialist, who treats hearing-impaired children, said, "If deafness is congenital then there remains a chance that the child can also have congenital heart problems. In such a case, cardiac screening plays an important role."

Pawan Kumar (name changed), father of a 10-year-old hearing-impaired girl said, "We have made a special request to my daughter’s teacher not to punish her as she used to faint at times on being rebuked at home. After an expert told us the reason, we changed our behaviour towards her."


Dr John Pramod, professor of physiology at Christian Medical College and Hospital, says parents, teachers, doctors and the community need to be aware of this problem so that timely intervention can save lives of the hearing-impaired children.

Children who are hearing impaired since birth should also be regularly screened, he said. Nearly 50 per cent of patients with LQTS may not show symptoms but those who have symptoms may need to change their lifestyle, avoiding strenuous physical activity.

Some medicines like beta beta blockers are a good option for medical treatment. Adding potassium to the diet, where suggested by the doctor, would also diminish the symptoms. In severe cases patient may need to get pacemaker implanted or undergo surgery called stellectomy.

What is LQTS

Long QT syndrome (LQTS) is a disorder of the heart's electrical activity where the heart takes much longer time for repolarisation. It can cause sudden, uncontrollable, dangerous arrhythmias (disturbance in the heart rhythm and heart rate) in response to exercise or stress. LQTS is often inherited




PAU Kisan Club meet

LUDHIANA: Experts deliberate on cultivation of summer vegetables and pulses during PAU Kisan Club meet. A monthly training camp for the members of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) Kisan Club, including the ladies wing was held here today. As many as 350 farmers and the farm women from across the state participated in the training camp. Meanwhile, a state level training-cum- workshop for the members of the Progressive Beekeepers Association (PBKA) was also organised in which nearly 75 beekeepers participated. The President of the Club, PPS Pangli deliberated on the marketing of the farm produce with thrust on the international demand for basmati rice. He lauded the farmers, who were acting as the PAU ambassadors in different villages of Punjab under the "PAU Doots" concept, for the quick dissemination of farm technologies.

The President of PBKA, S Sarwan Singh highlighted the vital role, played by the PAU in making the Punjab state emerge as a leader in beekeeping. While highlighting the activities of the club, Dr TS Riar, programme coordinator, laid emphasis on cooperative marketing and strengthening of farmer-scientist linkage for the agri-development.

During the training programmes, the farm experts delivered lectures on the nutritional importance of fermented products, cultivation of summer moong and mash, cultivation of summer vegetable crops, post-harvest handling of garlic and onion, poultry farming, quality honey production and role of birds in agri-development. The PAU experts also imparted marketing tips for honey products and gave live demonstrations on the preparation of fermented products such as raita, drinks, and snacks. — TNS




Industrial visit

LUDHIANA: The students' chapter of the Indian Society for Technical Institute of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT) organised an industrial visit for MBA (second semester) students to Avon Ispat and Power. Training and placement coordinator Jaspreet Kaur and Rajni Sofat, assistant professor, accompanied the students. During the visit, officials of the company interacted with the students and explained them the process of manufacturing RIMs and other cycle parts. They also visited the production, manufacturing and packing process units. Officiating director of GNIMT Dr Sandhya Mehta said such visits provided a first-hand knowledge of the structure of an organisation and modes of its operations.

Students visit stock exchange

The MBA students visited the Ludhiana Stock Exchange here. Vikram Grover, a trustee at the Ludhiana Group of Colleges said the visit was aimed at providing them the knowledge of investment, securities and creating a culture of savings and investment among youth. The stock exchange officials gave them informative inputs about the capital market. On this occasion the principal, Dr Parm Pal Singh said such first-hand knowledge helped supplementing the class room teaching. The stock exchange official Rajiv Gulati encouraged the faculty to organise more such programmes. Gurkamal Preet Singh, training & placement official and Dr Leenu Narang, head, Business Aministration, accompanied the students during the visit.

Placement drive

Wipro Technologies conducted a joint placement drive for BCA (final year) students at the PCTE Group of Institutes, Baddowal, for colleges under Punjab Technical University, in which 300 students were registered. The selection process included an online aptitude test out of which 60 students were shortlisted, followed by personal interview rounds.Finally 16 students were selected which included nine students from PCTE Group of Institutes, three students from GNIMT, Ludhiana, two from CT Institute, Jalandhar, 1 student from MMM College and 1 student from GNIMT, Phagwara.

New principal takes over

Dr Sarita Bahl, PhD, MPhil, MCom, who was earlier working as associate professor, PG Department of Commerce and Management, Arya College and having teaching experience of 19 years of UG classes and 11 years of PG classes, today took over as principal of the DD Jain Memorial College For Women. She has several MPhil, MBA and PhD students to her credit and has published 33 research papers in international journals, 14 research papers in national journals and a book. She has also presented 46 papers in national and international conferences.

She is Chief Editor of Radix International Journal of Research in Marketing and Associate Editor of four international research journals listed with USA and other countries. She is in the review panel of International Journal of Financial Management and has also received five commendations and letters of appreciation from Editor-in- Chief of International Journal of Research in Commerce & Management, Editorial Board of International Journal of Research in Commerce Economics & Management, Editorial Board of South Asian Journal Of Management & Marketing Research and Editorial Board of Asian Journal of Research in Banking and Finance. — TNS




Hawan ceremony

Kundan Vidya Mandir (Civil Lines) School campus was abuzz with the smiles and giggles of the new LKG students, who along with their parents, school principal, management and the staff performed a hawan ceremony for the commencement of their 14th year in the field of education. The blessings of the almighty were sought by performing this Hawan. The school manager Ashwani Kumar presided over the function and wished the students best of luck for their better future. He further thanked new students for joining the school and urged everyone for becoming young responsible Indians.

New session begins

LUDHIANA: DRV DAV Centenary Public School, Phillaur, organised a Hawan ceremony to commemorate the first day of the new academic session and to seek blessings of the almighty for a bright future of the students and tremendous development of the institution. Students from the Nursery to 12th standard took part the ceremony. Thereafter prasad was distributed among the students and staff members. Yogesh Gambhir, principal of the school extended his warm welcome to the new students and encouraged them to work hard. — TNS




World Homoeopathic Week

Dr Jagpal's Homoeopathic Centre is celebrating World Homoeopathic Week from April 07 to April 13, wherein free consultation will be given for 1 week and free follow up medicines will be given for one month to the patients. "We have decided to pay tributes to the founder of Homoeopathy Dr Hahnemann by celebrating free homoeopathic week", says Dr Ramakant Jagpal.

Circuit house meeting

Sukhbir Singh Badal will be successful in changing the face of Punjab. The state has succeeded in all round development despite major financial crisis. This was said by a senior Akali leader, Ramesh Joshi here today during a meeting at the Circuit House. He further said that Sukhbir Badal had succeeded in giving practical shape to his claims of clean sweeping the Congress party from Punjab. He further added that Congress leaders in Punjab had no substantial issues as the Central Government had been exposed in many scams. Joshi said that in forthcoming Lok sabha elections, Akali Dal would win with majority. On this occasion Joshi also honoured Akali workers for doing social work

Founder's day

To celebrate BJP's 33rd Founder's Day, a district level function will be held at Clocktower Chowk on April 6 under the presidentship of Parveen Bansal. On this occasion Punjab BJP's General Secretary and Ludhiana BJP's In charge Tarun Chugh will be the chief guest. Bansal said that on this occasion, functions will also be held in Ludhiana West, North and Central Vidhan Sabha constituencies and also at division and booth level.

Medical camp

The Jagraon unit of the Indian Ex-Services League Punjab and Chandigarh is going to organise a free medical camp for the ex-servicemen and their dependents including the non-pensioners at Sant Lopon Ashram Jagraon during World Health Day on April 7. During this medical camp, the expert doctors from nine Air Force Hospital Halwara will examine the patients suffering from different diseases. The organisers would also provide free medicines, prescribed to the patients by the doctors.

Chairman appointed

Rajinder Gupta, Chairman, Trident Group of Industries has been appointed Chairperson of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh Advisory Council, which has been set up to guide FICCI's activities in these states. Until now Gupta had been associated with FICCI as an executive committee member. His appointment is co-terminus with Naina Lal Kidwai as President, FICCI. Gupta will be supported by co-chair Yashovardhan Saboo, CEO and MD, KDDL Ltd.

Car rally on April 11

A car and motorcycle rally will be organised by Hindu Usthan Parishad on April 11. Rally will commence from Vishavnath Mandir from Jamalpur and will pass through Chandigarh Road, Samrala Chowk, Chaura Bazar, Domoria bridge, fountain chowk, jagraon bridge and culminate at Durga Mata Mandir.

Conference held

A district level conference will be held by Bharti Kissan Union (Ekta) on April 5 at Barnala, to press upon their genuine demands. Members of the union said their long pending demands included distribution of land among the landless farmers, loans of the farmers and workers should be waived off, 50 per cent profit should be given to the farmers as recommended by Swaminathan committee.

Acupressure camp

A free Acupressure camp is being held at Gurudwara Shaheed Baba Deep Singh, Pakhowal Road. The camp which started on April 1 will conclude on April 15 and the timings of the same are from 4 pm-7 pm.

President elected

PD Sharma has been re-elected president of Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the eleventh time. Each term is of two years. "I will keep working for the sake of industry," said PD Sharma.

Meeting held

In order to develop Hotel Amaltas and Oasis restaurant in partnership with private players, a meeting was held at Maharaja Ranjit Singh Ajaib Ghar, here under the chairmanship of Minister for Tourism Sarwan Singh Phillaur. The Minister said that this was a historical building named as Maharaja Ranjit Singh Ajaib Ghar and it needed to be developed as a tourist spot. He said prior to this, a few hotels and restaurants in Punjab were being developed with the help of private builders. The meeting was attended by Geetika Kalha, Vishavjit Khanna, Rahul Tiwari, RK Kaushik among others.

Rs 5 lakh grant to school

A grant of Rs 5 was issued to Government Middle School, Subhash Nagar, by the president of district Congress committee, Pawan Dewan from the MP Fund of Manish Tiwari, here today. Dewan said that Central Government was committed to provide quality education to the students. He added that Central Government had started various schemes through which various benefits were provided to children for quality education.



Woman robbed of gold chain
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, April 4
Three unidentified youths allegedly robbed a gold chain from an elderly woman in Jagraon today. The incident took place in Khai area located in Old City area of the town today afternoon, when the victim was alone at her house.

The woman has been identified as Reshma Rani (60), who is a widow and lives alone in her house. According to the victim she was sitting in her house when a youth came to her and asked about an address. "When the youth came for asking address returned, two other youths entered the house and snatched my gold chain. They also attempted to snatch my gold earrings but when I started crying, they fled away", said the woman. On hearing the cries of the woman, several residents of the area gathered there and started searching the robbers but all of them had disappeared till then. The victim also received minor injuries when the robbers tried to snatch her gold earrings.

In her complaint to the local police, the victim woman claimed that the weight of the gold chain was 40 grams and the market value of the ornament was around Rs 1.20 lakh.

The area where the incident took place is situated a stone's throw away from Jagraon City Police Station. Confirming the development, SHO Jagraon Kanwarpal Singh Bajwa said that the police had registered a case against three unidentified youths in this regard following the complaint by the victim woman. "The victim told us that she could recognise the robbers if they appeared before her again. We have been trying to trace the robbers and once they are nabbed, the police would present them before the woman for verification", added Bajwa.



Couple held for thrashing bailiff
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 4
A couple was arrested for allegedly thrashing a bailiff of the district court who had gone to issue summons to the woman in a cheque bounce case. The bailiff, identified as Karamjit Singh, had allegedly grabbed the woman by her arm, when he visited her residence at Kailash Nagar in Jodhewal Basti yesterday.

The whole episode was caught in a closed circuit television (CCTV) camera installed on the temple premises where the woman stayed with her family.

The woman, identified as Veena, and her husband Satpal were arrested by the Jodhewal Basti police following the incident. They were produced before court and sent to a one-day police remand.

Incident rakes up controversy

The issue snowballed into a controversy when the CCTV camera recording was circulated among the area residents. Today the area councilor, Varinder Seghal, along with his supporters, staged a dharna outside the Jodhewal Basti police station.

The agitating residents demanded the registration of an attempt to rape case against the bailiff. Sehgal said Karamjit Singh was thrashed after he grabbed the woman by her arm. He said the bailiff had allegedly entered the premises for the third time, as on the earlier two occasions Veena was not available.

"Instead of investigating into the matter, the police booked Veena and her husband in an assault case," said Sehgal.

The bailiff’s colleagues, meanwhile, alleged he was being made a victim of a conspiracy. They said the woman had laid a trap to assault Karamjit.

"We have seen the CCTV recording. In it, Karamjit is trying to keep the woman at bay. When he finally pushed her away, he was suddenly attacked by a mob," said a colleague of Karamjit Singh.

Bhupinder Singh Sidhu, spokesperson of the city police, said he was yet to see the CCTV camera footage. He assured an appropriate action would be taken in the case.



29-yr-old woman commits suicide
Our Correspondent

Machiwara/Khanna, April 4
A teacher of a local convent school committed suicide after she failed to get a better job and proper match for her marriage. The 29-year-old woman was a resident of the town and had done MA, PGDCA along with IELTS. At present she was doing BEd.

It was today morning when her parents knocked the door of her room and realised there was no noise. Thereafter the parents broke open the door only to find the woman's body hanging with the fan. A suicide note was also found from her room in which she had stated that she was unhappy with her life, since she had failed to get a government job and failed to achieve her goal of her life. She made it clear that no one else but she herself was responsible for committing suicide. According to her parents they had failed to find a nice bridegroom for her as she was manglik. Her body was handed over to her parents after postmortem.



Police books two in murder case
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 4
The Division No 2 police has booked two persons for murdering a man seven months back. The accused have been identified as Sheru and Gori, both residents of Khud Mohalla. In October last year, the victim, Sohan, died under mysterious circumstances.

His wife accused Sheru and Gori of killing him. The chemical examination of the victim’s viscera proved that the victim was murdered, following which the duo was booked today.

Undertrial goes missing from court

An undertrial lodged in the central jail for theft escaped under mysterious circumstances. Jagtar Singh, who was taken to the district court complex for a hearing today, was found missing during the head count at the entrance gate of the central jail. The jail authorities informed the local police. The police has registered a case and is looking for the inmate.

Woman, 3 accomplices in police net for fraud

A woman and her three accomplices have been booked for usurping the house belonging to a non-resident Indian. The accused have been identified as Jaswinder Kaur, Satwant Singh, Ravi Kumar and Jaswinder Singh. According to the owner, Jatinder Singh, the woman along with her accomplices made a fake sale deed and sold his house situated at Punjab Mata Nagar. The matter was reported to the police last year, following which an inquiry was conducted. During the inquiry it was found that Jaswinder Kaur had connived with her accomplices to usurp the house. A case has been registered under Sections 419, 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC for fraud and criminal conspiracy. The police is conducted raids to nab the accused.

Two inmates caught with drugs

The Central Jail officials conducted a surprise check and nabbed two inmates for possessing drugs here last evening. The accused have been identified as Madho and Paramjit. Both are facing criminal cases. While 235 habit-forming tablets were found from Paramjit, 3 gms of opium was found in the possession of Madho. The accused were handed over to the police and a case was registered against the duo.

3 booked for thrashing female colleague

The city police has booked three persons for thrashing a Class IV employee of a multi-specialty hospital. The accused have been identified as Sunita Sahota, Usha and Shiva. All the accused are Class IV employees at the same hospital. The incident took place here yesterday, when the victim, Renu, received a call from a doctor that some employees were creating ruckus in the emergency ward. After receiving the call, she rushed to the spot and found the accused exchanging blows. She tried to resolve the matter, but instead of listening to her, the trio thrashed her badly.

Police post in-charge at district courts suspended

Jaspal Singh, in charge of the district court complex police post, was suspended for dereliction of duty following orders of the Police Commissioner. Recently a female lawyer’s scooter was stolen from the court complex. Jaspal Singh neither registered a case nor initiated any inquiry. The lawyer complained to the Police Commissioner who suspended Jaspal with immediate effect.



Bar poll: 2,149 to decide fate of 23 candidates
Rajneesh Lakhanpal
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 4
The District Bar Association is all set to elect its new office-bearers for the next term in the annual election tomorrow. A total of 2,149 voters will decide the fate of 23 aspiring candidates. On the last day of canvassing, the candidates left no stone unturned to woo voters. They along with their supporters went from chamber to chamber, requesting members to cast vote in their favour.

Strict security arrangements have been made at the district court complex in order to avoid any untoward situation.

Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh has deployed 30 police personnel, including 10 policewomen on the request of returning officer NPS Gahir. Twenty persons from the DBA staff have also been deployed for ensuring a smooth election process.

There is a tough contest between Vijay B Verma, Hemant Kalia and Parupkar Singh Ghumman for the post of president.

Talking to the reporters here today, Gahir and AROs Jagmohan Sanghe and PS Batra said they had made arrangements for video-recording of the polling. They requested voters to carry their identity proof in order to avoid any inconvenience.

Eminent political personalities including Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal (Adviser to the Punjab Chief Minister), Sharanjit Singh Dhillon (PWD minister), Charanjit Atwal (Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha), Harnam Dass Johar (former education minister), and Harish Rai Dhanda (former chief parliamentary secretary) are likely to cast their votes.

The polling will take place between 9 am and 4 pm. The counting of votes will start around 4.30 pm. Results will be declared thereafter.



Arjun lifts 135 kg to win bench-press contest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 4
Around 150 members of a local health club took part in a bench-press competition on the premises of the club in Shastri Nagar yesterday. Arjun Sapra was declared the overall champion for lifting a weight of 135 kgs. The coach and director, Prime Bodies Health Club, Nishchay Sachdeva lifted 150 kg to motivate his students.

“These competitions, which are conducted regularly, motivate the gym members to take care of their diet and perform better,” said Sachdeva.

“Many gym coaches misguide members by suggesting them to take steroids. Steroids have many side effects and harm the body in the long run,” he said.

Sachdeva shared his mantra for the young aspiring body builders: Slow and steady win the race.



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