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Stray dogs maul child to death
Agitating residents of Dholanwal village seek shifting of abattoir
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Machiwara, August 4
Stray dogs mauled a two-year-old child to death at Dholanwal village, near here, yesterday. The incident took place in the morning when Gaganpreet, son of Gogi Singh and Jaswinder Kaur of the same village, was at his home. His mother and grandmother were also present there while his father was out for work.

After some time, Gaganpreet's grandmother went towards the cattle shed opposite their house. In the meantime, Gaganpreet followed his grandmother out. He was immediately attacked by stray dogs. After some time, one of the villagers noticed the stray dogs attacking the child. He tried to rescue the child and found that he was in a critical condition. He called out his parents and they took the boy to a hospital. But, the child died on the way.

It needs to be mentioned here that there a slaughter house near the village and stray dogs often roam around in the village.

Gaganpreet's parents had lost their one child at the time of birth and are now left with only one 6-month- old son. His father belongs to a poor family. He works at a hosiery factory in Ludhiana and owns about two acres in the village where he raise cattle.

Meanwhile, the villagers were up in arms against the slaughter house and had decided to approach the police and the administration in this regard. A village youth, Jagtar Singh, claimed that the villagers had decided to approach the Deputy Commissioner to get the slaughter house shifted. They have urged the authorities to curb the menace of stray dogs. Gogi Singh, the child's father, who was badly shaken, said: "I wish I had not gone to workplace."


Deputy Commissioner of Ludhiana Rahul Tiwari said the Animal Husbandry Department organised camps to castrate stray dogs. He has no knowledge about the incident and will direct the department to organise a camp in the village, he added.

Past incidents

  • On November 9, 2011, stray dogs attacked a migrant at Kheri village, Naud Singh. Later, he died.
  • On December 30, 2011, Bakhtawar Singh (60) was bitten to death by stray dogs in Rohno Kalan village, near Khanna, while he was going to his fields.
  • In 2011, five-year-old Shubam Rana, a student of LKG, was attacked and injured by stray dogs in Farour village, near Khamano, in Fatehgarh Sahib district.


Practise what you preach, Chief Minister tells Akali Dal leaders
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 4
Taking note of factionalism in the SAD, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today publically had a dig at the local Akali leaders while addressing the oath-taking ceremony organised for the newly elected Sarpanches and Panches at Dana Mandi here.

While addressing the newly elected Panches and Sarpanches, MLA Balwinder Singh Bains asked them to rise above groupism at the village level. He said: "When you are elected as Sarpanch or Panch, you have to work without discrimination on the basis of party and group".

Meanwhile, Heera Singh Gabria, former Cabinet Minister and Chairman of the District Planning Board, expressed similar views during his speech. He also suggested the newly elected Panches and Sarpanches should rise above personal rivalry and work for the development of the villages.

Then some other Akali leaders, including PWD Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, MLA Manpreet Ayali, and Mahesinder Singh Grewal addressed the audience.

Having a dig at some of the Akali leaders, the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said instead of suggesting this to the Sarpanches, first they shall stop leg-pulling among themselves.

Badal said: "Our visionary leaders have been suggesting good manners to the newly elected sarpanches. But, they have to practise the same themselves. Instead of following their own recommendations, they remain busy in pulling each other's leg".

Traffic chaos
A traffic jam on the Jalandhar bypass in Ludhiana
A traffic jam on the Jalandhar bypass in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

The district administration deputed a large number of policemen for security and traffic management on the route of the Chief Minister's cavalcade. But, soon after the conclusion of the oath-taking function, there was a massive traffic jam near the Jalandhar bypass area. A large number of vehicles belonging to Akali leaders, Panches, Sarpanches and their supporters were seen stuck up in the traffic jam.



Sarpanches, panches lap up law books
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 4
Though a number of newly elected sarpanches are illiterate, those who are educated and know the importance of knowledge of laws were seen browsing the pages of law books at book stalls set up at the venue of the swearing-in of sarpanches and panches. Some of them bought a good number of books, especially those on panchayat laws and Right to Service Act.

A Chandigarh-based publishing house installed four promotion-cum-sale stalls of law books at the venue. The publisher said these law books were translated in easy Punjabi so the rural people could read them and make the most of them.

Madan Singla, owner of the Publishing firm, said: "We have still not accounted for the number of books sold in Ludhiana today, but we are getting a good response from the rural people. We have been setting up stalls in every district during oath-taking functions".

"A book about the measurements of land is our bestseller. The officials of the Revenue Department take advantage of farmers' lack of awareness. This book helps them a lot while dealing with the officials of the Revenue Department," said Madan Singla.

Jeevan Singh, a newly elected panch, said: "I am not fond of reading books but I want to buy this book as I want to know about the Panchayati Raj setup. Moreover, book is in Punjabi. So, it will be convenient for me".



Tax payers appreciate move to open offices on Sunday
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 4
To facilitate people to file their income tax returns, the offices of the IT Department remained opened today i.e. on Sunday. The last date for filing of income tax returns is August 5.

Today, being a holiday, taxpayers made a beeline to the IT Department to file their returns.

Rakesh Singla, a resident of the city, while appreciating the step taken by the department, said: “Weekend is the time when one is free from regular work and can easily pay full attention to works like filing returns. So, Sunday is the best day for me to file returns”.

The last date for filing of income tax returns was extended from July 31 to August 5 due to a snag in the department's portal. There were cases in which taxpayers were not able to access the website for online filing, so the Central Board of Direct Taxes had extended the last date for filing of returns.

For the assessment year 2013-14, the Central Board of Direct Taxes had made it mandatory for individuals earning more than Rs 5 lakh to file their returns electronically.

One of the staff members from the department said this was the busiest time of the year for them.

“For facilitating the taxpayers, we kept the offices open on Sunday as well. Not only the returns were accepted, but also the taxpayers were assisted in paying their income tax returns,” he said.

The Taxation Young Lawyers Association also appreciated the efforts of the department and said people in a large number came to file their returns during weekends.

“Opening of the offices on Sunday is a welcome step as it will also help in decreasing the last-minute rush tomorrow,” said Jatinder Khurana from the association.



MP condemns UPA govt policies
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 4
The Congress-led UPA government is increasingly working in the interest of big corporate business houses of India and international cartels, thereby undermining the national interest. Most of the recent decisions of the government are enough indicators of the rightist shift in the policies, which are detrimental to Indian growth and progress based on justice and equality. In view of these emerging threats, the working people ought to get together at a platform in order to wage a battle against anti-people and anti-poor policies of the government.

These remarks were made by Gurudas Das Gupta, Member of Parliament, and general secretary of the All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), while addressing the 19th state conference of the AITUC at Punjabi Bhawan here today.

Expressing concern over repressive measures increasingly being adopted by governments and employers against the trade unions, he said job insecurity and job losses on one hand and growing trends of outsourcing, employing contract workers on the other had become norm of the day.

“The very trade union movement is under attack and unions are facing the threat of suppression and intimidation so as to contain their activities,” he said.

In a scathing attack on the so-called economic reforms, Das Gupta said bringing in FDI in the retail trade was a virtual sell out of small business to foreign companies.

“It will inflict a killing blow to more than 4 crore small traders, shopkeepers, marginal and poor farmers, other small producers of goods in home-based and small-scale industries. The recent announcement of 100 per cent FDI in telecom and raising FDI limit in the oil sector will further lead to perpetuate the economic crisis,” he said.

Focusing on the anti-people and anti-poor policies of the UPA government, the veteran CPI leader said: “The government continues to act in a ruthless manner against the common people and the response to agitations by the Prime Minister and some of his ministers is arrogant to the core”.

Amarjeet Kaur, national secretary of the AITUC, in her address, said: “The workers charter of demands includes seeking check on the price rise of essential commodities, end to Labour Law violations, provisions for social security and pension to all workers, abolition of any ceiling on provident fund, gratuity and bonus, abolition of contract labour, steady regularisation of ad hoc workers, equal pay for equal work, no disinvestment of public sector enterprises and resources, national minimum wage to be raised to not less that Rs 10,000 and universal entitlement of maternity benefit to working women”.



Syllabus needs to be changed, says Education Minister
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 4
Syllabus in government schools should be changed and more focus should be put on professional, mechanical courses so that students could get employment. These views were expressed by the Education Minister, Sikandar Singh Maluka, who had attended a meeting of the members of Association of Private Unaided Schools of Punjab here.

Maluka said the lecturers in schools, who had been promoted as principals, were still at the headquarters and they will soon be posted at their respective stations. When the association members said that they were being burdened under the House Tax, Road Tax (on school buses), Maluka said hese were the policy decisions taken at higher level. But if the association was facing any difficulty with the Education Department, he was there to solve their problems. He also asked the association to bear with the government to implement the Right to Education Act in Schools. He also said the schools need to give sports fee to the government.

On the maintenance of colleges, Maluka, said that in the coming year, funds worth Rs 100 crore will be provided to the government colleges to meet their requirements. He said that government had already provided funds worth Rs 50 crores to colleges this year for renovation, maintenance and construction purposes.

On being asked about the appointment of new DGSE, Maluka said new officer will be appointed soon. When asked if it would be a female officer, he said it could be, as females were also hardworking. He also said that colleges could generate their income by providing their extra land on lease and for that a committee could be constituted and approval could be taken from the government. He also said that the retired principals in colleges could continue as soon as the Extension Policy will get the approval.



Students heave a sigh of relief as PU increases seats
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 4
With the notification regarding the increased number of seats in various courses at colleges affiliated to Panjab University, Chandigarh, having been reached at various colleges, the students and college authorities have heaved a sigh of relief. It was decided in a recent meeting of Panjab University that seats were going to be increased but since the notification had not been received by the colleges, the students and college the authorities were not sure about the development.

Principal of Master Tara Singh College for Women and Syndicate Member PU, Dr Parveen Chawla, said the college had received the instructions sent by the university and was in the process of admitting more students as per their merit. She added that five additional seats per unit (a batch of 40 students) per course had been increased in the colleges and in case any college had two units of the course (like in BCom mostly), 10 seats will be increased. But maximum number of increased seats will be 10 in each college, even if there were more than two units of a particular course, said Dr Chawla.

As per latest instructions by the university, if any course had less than 40 students, then 10 per cent seats will be added. "For example, if a college has 30 students for a course, 10 per cent extra will be given which means three seats will be increased for that particular course," added Dr Chawla.

It may be mentioned here that ever since the students and their parents came to know about the decision of increasing the number of seats in colleges, they started making rounds the institutions to know if they could seek the admission in the course of their choice. Aradhna Sharma, a student said she had not got admission in the BBA as merits went higher this time and her number was on top in waiting list. "But now that seats have been increased, I am sure I will get the admission," she said.



More gastro cases reported
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 4
With hot and humid weather persisting, more cases of gastroenteritis are being reported in the city hospitals. More and more people are down with gastroenteritis, for which this muggy weather and their bad eating habits are to blame.

Dr Aneesh Chopra, Senior Consultant and Head of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Department at the Christian Medical College and Hospital, said: "We are getting many patients suffering from gastroenteritis.”

Dr AK Handa, Senior Medical Officer at the Community Health Hospital, Mandi Ahmedgarh, said: "We daily receive 10 or 15 cases of diarrhoea. People from different walks of life are falling prey to gastroenteritis these days."



‘Holes’ in Manish Bharara kidnap investigation
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 4
Investigation conducted so far in the Manish Bharara kidnapping case shows that except SSP of Khanna S Bhupati, the officers down the rank in the Khanna police do not seem to be keen on pinning down those who were directly or indirectly involved in the kidnapping of the industrialist.

It was the city police that had booked a tailor and printer for stitching police uniforms and preparing fake police ID cards for the kidnappers.

The Khanna police, on the insistence of the SSP, had nabbed two employees of a store located in a shopping mall on the Ferozepur road for selling fake AK-47 assault rifles used by the criminals. However, no action has been taken against the person who supplied walkie-talkies to the kidnappers.

The incident has brought to the fore the fact how a tailor, a printer, store employees and a trader selling surveillance equipment contributed to the most sensational kidnapping to make a quick buck.

It is learnt that the businessman, who sold the walkie-talkies to Gurarpan, has high connections and has managed to evade police action.

On the other hand, Waryam Singh, Khanna CIA in charge, who was investigating the case, said no criminal would be allowed to let off in the case.

"Since it was a high-profile kidnapping case, we are conducting a thorough investigation before arresting any person. There is no question of sparing anyone. Besides nabbing Deepali and Gurarpan along with their five accomplices, the police nabbed a Jaipur-based arms suppliers who sold two .32 pistols and two kg of opium to the accused," said the Khanna CIA in charge.



All docs transferred, Sahnewal CHC can do little for ailing visitors
Lovleen Bains

Sahnewal, August 4
If there is no physician, gynaecologist, paediatrician, surgeon, etc, in a hospital, one can very well imagine the condition of the patients who have to return without getting any medical aid. Neither regular nor emergency services are functional at the local Community Health Centre (CHC) and not a single day passes when patients do not curse the government for its policy of ‘rationalisation’, under which a majority of the staff of this centre has been transferred, leaving patients high and dry.

So upset are the patients visiting the CHC that they complain that there is not even a single doctor to examine them and they have been forced to visit private doctors who charge exorbitant fees. “Has the government turned so blind that it can't take cognisance of such a crucial issue? If there are no doctors in the hospital how can it function?" ask patients.

“There is no gynaecologist to look after delivery cases, no paediatrician to take care of ailing children, no physician to handle patients suffering from diabetes and blood pressure and no surgeon to conduct surgeries. The situation is simply hopeless. Against the 29 posts of Multipurpose Health Worker, there are just five employees. There is no staff to conduct door-to-door surveys, check the spread of malaria and dengue, provide medicines, leading to a rise in the number of patients,” said a senior doctor of the town.

“The two posts of pharmacist and EMO each stand vacant after the recent transfers. Against the two posts of lab technician, just one is available,” he added.

“Strange are the ways in which transfers are done. Is a government hospital set up just to raise a building and make a show of facilities? Can a hospital run without any staff? Then all such hospitals should be shut down rather than fooling patients by giving them false hopes of the arrival of one or the other doctor one fine morning,” said a senior citizen of the town.

“The population of Sahnewal is no less than any other big town like Mansa, Ropar and Fatehgarh Sahib. Resultantly, the number of people falling prey to one or the other ailment is on the rise. They have no pockets to visit private doctors and are sure to indulge in self-medication, thus inviting greater trouble,” said a medical practitioner of the town.

The SMO, CHC, Parminderpal Singh Sidhu, said: “Four of the doctors were transferred last month. There is an acute shortage of staff, including pharmacists, lab technicians, multi-purpose health workers, EMOs. As the pressure has almost doubled on those left, they, too, are no longer interested in staying at the CHC. I have already written to the department about this and got an assurance. In the meantime, we have to face a tough time. I try my best to entertain as many patients as possible on my own, so that at least those, who are in a very critical state, may be urgently handled”.



reporters’ diary
City needs good drainage system

Even a short spell of rain submerges most parts of the city under knee-deep water and this is not the case with roads in old localities or on the periphery of the mega city. But the roads even in the posh residential areas and commercial hubs are no better placed. When it rains, most of the roads turn into water bodies and speeding vehicles resemble motor boats moving in a river or a lake. The reason for this menace in the city is not difficult to pinpoint. It is woefully inadequate disposal of sewerage, clogging of open drains and absence of storm sewerage in most of the city localities. The government, the civic body and other urban planners are busy making castles in the air ought to realise that a reasonably good drainage system in the city is more important that far-fetched infrastructure development projects like flyover, sub-ways, metros and elevated roads.

Club renovated

Members of the prestigious Sutlej Club here expect that they be given every facility in the club. Keeping their "high-expectations" in mind, club keeps on making changes, renovations etc. As most of the members wanted the dining hall to be improved, the renovated eating area was opened for the club members after the renovation, recently. Most of the members compare the area with leading restaurants in city. Appreciating the new ambience, the members expect that food will also be improved as per the ambience.

Friendship is a sacred bond

Friendship day, Valentines Day, Mother's Day or Father's Day all is the gimmicks of the card companies and people are easily falling prey. Today being the Friendship Day, the social networking sites are flooded with posts and pictures about their friends and friendship. Interestingly, a press note was also received by us in the evening about the celebration of Friendship Day by some youth club. After all this, it occurred to my mind is that "Friendship" is a very special and sacred bond that we share with a person who is not related to us by blood. If the friendship is true, we need not to tell the whole world about it as we cherish it everyday and need no special day to celebrate it.

The Western influence

Even though Punjabi movies have started doing well nowadays but the posters and the names, and the credits are still written in English. "The English spelling are like the western clothes worn in Punjabi movies," says a Punjabi movie buff. "No matter how much we start loving our mother tongue, the appeal of the west and English would remain," he said. "But Punjabi cinema guys should start writing the titles in Gurmukhi as well just to make sure that Punjabi has truly arrived in Punjabi cinema.

Those small insects!

In rainy season god provides everything in abundance. These days, one can see rehries full of fresh and different varieties of fruits all over the markets. Similarly, different kinds of water and vector-born diseases are also making many their victims and city hospitals and clinics also remained crowded with patients and their attendants and so are the variety of insects. But nowadays, I rarely come across those red coloured small "velvet skinned" insects, which used to be there in rainy season many years ago. I still remember that during my school days we used to call them "veer vauti" and these small insects used to live near water sources. Perhpas it is the effect of environment which made them disappear.

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



Bus operators threaten stir
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 4
While the issue of the local school bus operators has still not settled-down fully, the All Punjab School Bus Welfare Association has asked the state government to meet their demands. In case of failure to meet the demands they will resort to an agitation.

During a meeting of the association, which was held here today, the representatives coming from various districts said since school bus operators were facing several problems, government must redress to their grievances.

The members of the association have demanded that government must exempt the school bus operators from the tax as was being done in the neighbouring states of Himachal Pradesh and Haryana.

The school buses in Punjab were being asked to pay the taxes as trucks, tourist buses, etc even when these are plied for not more than 50 kilometers a day.

Besides, the school buses must be allowed to ply for at least 25 years as it run for 7-8 months and that too for about 50 km a day.

The representatives said a school bus could not be declared unfit in 15 years. On the contrary, the buses which plied for at least 500 km a day were not declared unfit before 25 years.

The bus operators have asked the government to intervene and force the school managements to provide permits to the bus operators as students were the responsibility of schools.

The operators have further demanded that the school buses brought from other states or which were more than 15 years old, must not be stopped immediately as hundreds of persons will become unemployed if their buses were impounded by the authorities.

Time should be given to them to change their vehicles and government should provide subsidised loans to the operators to purchase new vehicles. Besides, school buses should be given 75 per cent rebate in insurance policy, maintained the operators.



Row over injured cows
Social, religious organisations appeal to public for peace
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 4
While rank and file in the administration is once again on toes tackling situation following threat by some Hindu organisations to hold protest march to seek action against unknown suspects of case registered under Cruelty Against Animals Act a week ago, the office-bearers of social and religious organisations have appealed to the residents to maintain peace and tranquility in the region.

The appeal was made in response to call given by the district administration led by Deputy Commissioner, Kumar Rahul, and Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Amit Bambey.

Apprehending threat to peace and tranquility in the region activists and office-bearers of various organisations, led by president of the Rotary Club, Pardeep Sethi, Patron Social Welfare Organisations, Tarsem Garg and Inderpal Singh Walia, president, local unit of the Lions Club urged members of all communities to maintain peace at any cost. Activists and office-bearers of various radical organisation owing allegiance to various communities have been urged not to lend credence to rumours being spread by the anti-social elements.

Sources that revealed that three cows were found injured with some chemical at Naushehra locality, under the Amargarh police station, about a fortnight ago. Following which some Hindu organisations had threatened to organise protest march in the area on August 5 and the administration led by Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur Kumar Rahul, and SDM, Malerkotla, Amit Bambey, had organised parley of meetings of Peace Committees of various localities.

To tackle any untoward incident by radical organisations of both communities, the administration has now roped in office-bearers of various social and religious organisations of the area.

The Amargarh police had also booked unknown persons under various Sections of Prevention of Cruelty against Animals Act for allegedly causing injuries on three cows by throwing some chemical at Naushehra near here on July 26.

The senior superintendent of police at Sangrur Mandip Singh Sidhu has advised concerned circle officers to depute seasoned officials for keeping a vigil in the sensitive areas, identified by special teams. The police also held a flag march in Malerkotla today.



Kisan Sabha backs Gujarat farmers
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 4
The Punjab Kisan Sabha has announced to support thousands of farmers in North Gujarat, who are protesting against the Narendra Modi Government for proposing a Special Investment Region (SIR), which they (farmers) claim will snatch fertile land from them without adequate compensation.

Besides organising protests in the state, the outfit fighting for interests of farmers will also send jathas of activists to Gujarat, to show solidarity with the farmers of 44 villages in three districts of Ahmedabad, Mehsana and Surenderanagar.

Accusing leaders of various political parties of merely giving statements for harnessing meagre gains, office-bearers of the sabha led by Sukhwinder Singh Sekhon, Amarjit Mattoo, Baldev Latala and Sikandar Singh Jartoli declared to come true to expectations of the first ever woman member of the CPI (M) Politburo, Brinda Karat who sought support from the farmers of Gujarat fearing eviction from their fertile lands.

"When women members of the organisations owing allegiance to CPI (M) can join hands to help the farmers why can’t we stand by them," said Sekhon and Mattoo claiming that a large number of activists of the sabha had showed inclination to join protest marches to be undertaken by the Gujarat farmer fearing eviction from their fields.

Appreciating gesture shown by leaders of some political parties, sabha office-bearers suggested that a coordinated movement should be launched to impress upon the Gujarat government to immediately scrap the project SIR and save interest of farmers.



Factionalism in SAD comes to the fore
Mahesh Sharma

Raikot, August 4
Factionalism emerged among senior leaders of the SAD when office-bearers of factions led by former parliamentary secretaries, Bikramjit Singh Khalsa and Talwandi Clan, levelled serious allegations against each other and organised meetings to seek action against their rival groups.

Addressing a meeting of activists and office-bearers of various wings at Gurdwara Tahliana, SAD leaders, led by former president municipal council Amandeep Singh Gill, Circle Jathedar Mohan Singh and former chairman market committee, Bhupinder Singh Grewal, accused the halqa in charge, Bikram Jit Singh Khalsa, and his supporters of ignoring traditional workers and leaders of the party.

Speakers alleged that Khalsa group leaders have been supporting the Congress leaders for their personal meagre gains. On the issue of launching candidate for the post of chairman of the block samiti, the leaders maintained that party high command had not issued any instruction in the matter.

The meeting unanimously resolved to urge the president of the party and Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal, to appoint some senior and impartial leader as in charge of the assembly segment before next parliamentary election.

In a separate meeting, convened under supervision of Jathedar Gurdev Singh Kalsan, Amarjit Singh Shehbazpura and former sarpanch, Gurmel Singh Andloo, leaders of the Khalsa group alleged that activists and leaders owing allegiance to Talwandi group had been opposing all movements launched by them and directly benefiting the Congress leaders.

The speakers accused opponents of favouring the congress candidates in all elections including recent local body elections and last assembly election.



SBI launches scheme to upload UID number online

Dehlon, August 4
With intent to enable their clients receive financial benefits from the government departments, concessions and subsidies; the State Bank of India has launched a scheme to upload Unique Identification Number (UID), commonly known as Aadhaar Card number in their accounts.

Besides organising special counters for entertaining clients desirous of getting their UID numbers uploaded the organising has started organising camps for the purpose.

Child Development Project Officer in Dehlon, Kamaljit Kaur, informed that maiden camp for uploading of Aadhaar Card number would be organised at the local branch of State Bank of India, where staff led by Sher Singh, manager, and Annapurna Arora, assistant manager, would help the clients get their number uploaded.

Referring to information from various agencies Kamaljit Kaur claimed that the initiative taken by the bank would help the account holder in receiving concessions, subsidies and other financial benefits from the government. — OC



Workshop on technology in cancer treatment held
Tribune News Service

Dr S Hukku, a radiation oncologist, addresses a workshop in Ludhiana on Sunday
Dr S Hukku, a radiation oncologist, addresses a workshop in Ludhiana on Sunday. photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, August 4
BLK Cyberknife Center organised an awareness workshop for doctors on "Advanced CyberKnife VSI Technology for Cancer Treatment". More than 50 doctors from various hospitals participated in the workshop. S Hukku, radiation oncologist from BL Kapur Super-Specialty Hospoital's Cancer Centre, said, "Advanced CyberKnife VSI Technology for cancer treatment is a universally recognised, non-invasive radio-surgery. It will treat both cancerous and non-cancerous tumors anywhere in the body, including the prostate, lungs, brain, spine, liver, pancreas and kidneys.

This treatment is painless and does not require the use of anesthesia and is feasible on an outpatient basis with little or no recovery period, allowing patients to almost immediately return to normal activities.

What makes this technology unique is its ability to deliver higher doses of radiation to the tumor while greatly minimising radiation exposure to healthy tissue and vital organs in the vicinity of the targeted tumor, resulting in no or minimal side effects or post-treatment complications. The treatment delivers high doses of radiation to tumors with extreme accuracy. This technology offers a revolutionary therapy solution for patients who have inoperable or surgically complex tumors, or who may be looking for a non-surgical alternative.

He further said robotic technology is used continuously to track patient movement and to confirm the tumor location prior to beam delivery, making it possible to treat even the most surgically complex tumors including those that move with respiration such as lung and pancreas tumors. It has so far been used successfully to treat over 100,000 patients worldwide.



Assn discusses new industrial policy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 4
The new industrial policy recently launched by the Punjab Government has been a subject of discussion among the city's industries.

A delegation of United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association had a meeting with Karan Avtar Singh, principal secretary of industries and commerce, regarding the policy.

The principal secretary was informed that a land of around 1,742 acres was declared as Industrial Area-C under the grant incentive scheme 1992 by the Punjab Government.

As per the new industrial policy of Punjab, no incentive has been given to the MSME industry because the investment starts from Rs 10 crore which too high for the MSMEs Units. It was requested to the principal secretary that investment should start from Rs 10 lakh for MSME so that industry may flourish. He was requested that the area be declared as designated area and should be brought under industrial focal point so that the facilities provided in the industrial focal point may also be provided to these areas.

Meanwhile, Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry in a letter written to Karan Avtar Singh suggested that Industries Department should compile data of the existing industry with capacities in each sector. This will help the new investors to choose the right industry without overcrowding.

“Regime of entry tax is hindering the industrial progress and labour cost is mounting. Government should exercise its power in increasing the mandatory wages in a more judicious manner,” said PD Sharma, president of Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


CII organised an interaction with the principal secretary on industrial policy of Punjab which was attended by top industrialists from all across the Punjab.

Karan Avtar Singh elaborated on various new schemes and provisions covered under the new policy and addressed various key issues related to policy and growth of industries in Punjab.

DL Sharma, chairman of CII Punjab, said, “Provisions in the policy, such as zoning of industry especially keeping the border areas and designated industrial areas and focal points in ‘Priority Zone’ are a welcome step. This would spur Industrial growth and create new opportunities.



Anti-corruption council condemns Centre’s move

Ludhiana, August 4
Anti-corruption Council of India has strongly condemned the Centre’s move to amend the RTI Act so that all national-level politicians are allowed to be out of the ambit of the Act.

Dr Shiv Gupta, director general of the council, said they were also surprised over the move to amend the people's representation act wherein the SC ordered that the politicians sentenced for two or more years by any court of law in any civil or criminal case shall be debarred from contesting elections of the assembly and parliament. — TNS



City celebrates Friendship Day
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 4
Old friends caught up with one another on Friendship Day today. Probably they know that they can depend on one another. Friendship has been a great gift that life gave them, they say.

Dr RK Sondhi, 67, Yashpal Bangia, 73, and Suresh Jain, 73, have been friends for more than 40 years now. Although their friendship started because of their similar interest in philately but it grew deeper more than blood relations. They trust, talk to each other and have stood together through the thick and thin, they vouch.

"I give more preference to my friends than relatives," says Dr Sondhi, who retired as Dean of College of Agriculture Engineering. "We are friends by choice, not because of professional alliance, or because of being relatives. That makes us tick," he says.

"We plan out trips together and have been to various places all together," says Jain. Things like status, different professions do not matter when it comes to true friendship, says Bangia.

Recalling an incident, Dr Sondhi said he had once informed Suresh Jain, that he along with his family were to leave for Mussourie the next morning and to their surprise, Jain family was at the platform to join them. Such was an understanding and bonding, he smiles.

"Even though my son is settled in the USA, my wife and I are here, because our age-old friends are here," says Dr Sondhi.

Life becomes great with good friends, and there truly is no thanks and no sorry feeling. One of the secrets of their friendship has been being frank with one another. "If we don't like anything, we frankly tell them. But we don't criticise in front of others and value one another's advice," he says.

Friendship is like a blessing, a power that we draw from each other, says Bangia. "We look after one another and trust completely," he says.

That is the reason why our children and families are also good friends with one another, says Bangia.

Friendship fervour was in the air today. Youngsters exchanged friendship bands and gifts, while the grown-ups met over coffee. Friendship bands and gifts adorned the gift shops in the city. Friends met each other and hanged out together.



New academic session

Students of Swami Ganga Giri College for Women organised a havan to sought blessings of the almighty for the new session, on the college campus, on Saturday. Later a programme was organised to release college magazine 'Kanya Sandesh'. Dr Savita Uppal, principal, presided over the function.


The Victoria Institute of Information Technology and Management organised its annual convocation at Dehlon near here on Sunday. As many as 150 students were conferred degree and were felicitated. Dev Raj Sofat, chairman of Sat Sahib Educational Trust, presided over the function and Harpreet Singh Shivalik, zila parishad member, was the chief guest. — TNS



ludhiana scan

A team of Laghu Udyog Bharti, Ludhiana led by Rajeev Jain, president, met zonal commissioner PS Ghuman and apprised him of various problems being faced by the industrialists in focal point phase-V. Ghuman visited the area which is facing problems like, encroachment done by juggis, dhabbas, repair shops, etc. He also saw the blocked rain water drain in phase-v, which is posing health hazards to people living around. He inspected the unfinished work of the contractor and assured to get it completed soon. He instructed his staff to clean the drainage system of the corporation so that the flow of water is regular.


A seminar on ‘Domestic Transfer Pricing’ was organised by the Ludhiana Branch of NIRC of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Vinod Jain, past central council member from New Delhi, was the guest speaker on the occasion. Jain discussed at length about the overview of Domestic Transfer Pricing. The session was very interactive and various queries of the audience were responded by Vinod Jain. He explained in detail how to determine the price of Commodities or items for which the market price changes on daily basis such as yarn, gold, silver, etc and methods to determine Arms Length Price (ALP).

Grant given

A grant of Rs 3 lakh was given by Manish Tiwari, union minister of information and broadcasting, for the development of Ambedkar Dharamshala Sabha. Cheque was handed over to the sabha by Pawan Dewan, president of Disrict Congress Committee (Urban). Dewan said the Central Government is aimed at the overall development of all religions, castes and various welfare schemes were also being introduced.

Committee formed

The general body meeting of the Punjab and Sind Bank Officers Federation North Zone (Ludhiana Unit) to select its new body was held at Punjabi Bhawan on Sunday. The previous body was dissolved and new committee was formed for the next term of three years. Satwant Singh was elected zonal president while, Charanjeev Joshi was elected as the zonal secretary.


Dr Sumita Sofat organised a workshop on infertility training for doctors from all over north India at her hospital. The workshop was inaugurated by Dr KS Saini, assistant civil surgeon. The purpose of the workshop was to spread awareness about the latest technologies available for infertility treatment and also to introduce laser hatching in IVF and IMSI. Infertility experts from across the country shared their ideas on infertility and it was noted that there is a trend of decreasing sperm count in male. She said male infertility is on the rise due to stressful life, adulterated food, pollution, late marriages and addictions like, alcohol, drug abuse and smoking.

Independence Day function

A special function will be organised on Independence Day by Rashtar Dharam in association with Hindu Usthan Parishad. Function will be held at Guru Nanak Bhawan. Co-ordinator of Rashtar Dharam Vinod Jain said the programme will be a tribute to the freedom fighters. A play depicting the freedom struggle will also be staged during the occasion. — TNS



Man commits suicide

Ludhiana: Panic spread at Government College for Girls here on Sunday when the body of a man was found hanging from a tree in the college premises. The incident came to light when children, who came to the ground to play cricket, spotted the body hanging from the tree near the basketball court. They informed the college security about the incident. The security guard, along with the police, reached the spot. The police sent the body to the civil hospital for post-mortem examination. The investigating officer said Rakesh was written on the deceased’s right hand. The deceased appeared to be a migrant labourer aged around 40 years. The reason behind the suicide is not know yet.

Theft at boutique

Thieves struck at a boutique located near SDP College in the Shiv Puri area and decamped with clothes and ladies suit material worth Rs 2.5 lakh. The incident came to light when residents of the area informed Aarti, owner of the boutique, about the incident. Aarti rushed to the spot and was shocked to find her boutique ransacked. She informed the police about the incident. The police reached the spot and started investigations.

Two held with pistol

The CIA team nabbed two persons with a pistol and three cartridges. The accused were nabbed from the Sarabha Nagar area following a tip-off. The police is tight-lipped about the development and did not share further details. “We have nabbed two persons for questioning,” said the investigating officer.

Threat letters

Panic spread in New Ashok Nagar of the Salem Tabri area after some miscreants threw threat letters in the houses of the local residents. The miscreants have written in the letters that they will kill the residents, and tonight will be their last night. The letters were wrapped with stones and thrown in the houses of the residents during the midnight. The residents have lodged a complaint with the police and sought action against the miscreants. The police has increased vigil in the area.

Thieves decamp with cash

Thieves struck at a house in New Subash Nagar and decamped with Rs 1.5 lakh and an imported watch. The incident came to light when the house owner, Ashok Kumar, who was away to Delhi, returned home. He said the thieves broke open the almirah and took away Rs 1.5 lakh and an imported watch. — TNS



Motorsport enthusiasts go Zip, Zap and Zoom
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 4
Speed Sprint, a motorsport event, was held at Ireo Waterfront in the city today. There are three major categories at the event - Zip, Zap and Zoom.

The “Zip” category is for all types and makes of four-wheelers. No special preparation is needed, except a road worthy vehicle with normal seatbelts. Philipose Mathai from Delhi ranked first in the category, while Harvinder Bhola from Chandigarh ranked second and Anil Wadia from Hoshiarpur ranked third. In the local category for only Ludhiana motorsport lovers, the winner was Pranab Gill, who drove a Maruti Gypsy.

“Zap” was for four-wheelers and the “Zoom” category was for two-wheelers.

“There were a total of 80 slots each in the ‘Zap’ and ‘Zoom’ categories. These were booked to capacity. The “Zip” category had 90 entries,” said Sudev Barar of Incarnation Sports, which organised the event.

Entries from various parts of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi and Chandigarh were received for the event, according to the organisers.

The event was organised over a specially designed tarmac track spread over 5 km. It was highly challenging and would have a number of obstacles and tricky turns to test the skill of the drivers to the limit, the organisers said.

Gulpreet Aulakh said the purpose of organising this event across various locations in North India was to encourage motorsport in the country.

“Youngsters like speeding and testing themselves against challenging tracks. But racing should only be on regulated tracks at an organised event. Our purpose is to create a regulated speed event where competitors race among the best and emerge as winners,” he said.

The event was delayed in the morning because a local speed lover sped on to the track in his Alto car even before the races had begun. In his speed rush, the car overturned and caught fire. But, the driver is said to be safe.



KVM boys shine in cricket meet

Ludhiana, August 4
Kundan Vidya Mandir (KVM), Civil Lines, beat St Thomas Senior Secondary School by 35 runs to secure a berth in the semifinal in the U-14 group in the Inter-School Zonal Cricket Tournament (PAU Zone), being organised by the District Education Department, at GRD Academy ground on the Hambran Road here today.

Batting first, KVM posted a total of 80 runs for the loss of two wickets in 10 overs. Their innings revolved around Vaibhav Kalra and Shubham Dyal Singh, who scored 24 runs and 20 runs, respectively. Kartik Joshi made 10 runs, while Arjun Puri remained unbeaten on 6 runs. For St Thomas School, Harish and Shubham claimed one wicket each.

Chasing the target, St Thomas School scored 45 runs in 10 overs after losing seven wickets. Harish scored 22 runs, while Harry contributed 15 runs. For the winners, Vikas Prashar, Vaibhav Kalra, Shubham Dyal Singh, Arjun Puri and Sehaj Beri were the main wicket-takers.

In the second match in the U-19 group played at Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU, KVM scripted a 9-wicket victory over Guru Ram Rai Public School, Ferozepur Road branch, to enter the quarter final.

Guru Ram school's innings collapsed at 16 runs in 7 overs. For KVM, Navendhu captured four wickets for 4 runs, while Hartejasaw took three for 5 runs. Parul Mehndiratta grabbed one wicket without conceding a run. KVM achieved the target in just two overs after losing one wicket. Hartejasaw remained unbeaten on 10 runs to steer his team to qualify for the last eight. — OC



basketball tourney
LBA, Patiala, Ludhiana in super league
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, August 4
The Ludhiana Basketball Academy (LBA), along with Ludhiana and Patiala districts, wrapped up their respective matches to qualify for the super league in the boys' section in the ongoing 64th Junior Punjab State Basketball Championship being held at Guru Nanak Sports Complex here today.

In the morning session, the first match was played between Ludhiana and Gurdaspur districts in which the former came out triumphant (87-68) to emerge the first team to book a place in the super league.

The second match was played between the Ludhiana Basketball Academy and Sangrur district and the academy players faced a little resistance before winning it (62-27).

In the third match, Patiala district proved too good for Fardikot district whom they drubbed (68-21), and in the fourth match, Ludhiana Academy overpowered Amritsar (70-47).

Third day's proceedings were dedicated to Dr S Subramanian who passed away recently.

Dr Subramanian had trained LBA teams as well as Punjab squads for several years and produced a number of cagers of international repute.



Bodybuilding c’ship
Kirpal adjudged overall champion
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, August 4
Kirpal Singh of Moga was adjudged the overall champion in the Punjab Open Bodybuilding Championship organised by the Punjab Amateur Bodybuilding Association at Laksmi Narayan Mandir auditorium near DAV School, BRS Nagar, here today.

Kirpal Singh was honoured with the Dr Ambedkar Punjab Classic Trophy, besides a washing machine. Around 150 participants from all over the state competed for titles like “Beginner Punjab”, “Intermediate of Punjab” and “Mr Ludhiana”.

MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu distributed prizes among the winners. Dr Randhir Hstir, Dr Deepak Prashar, PP Khullar and Ravi Prashar, all office-bearers of the PABBA, were among others present at the prize distribution function.


Beginner of Punjab: 50 to 55 kg: Vivek of Patiala 1, Narpinder Singh of Ludhiana 2, Sandeep Kumar of Ludhiana 3; 55 to 60 kg: Rajinder Kumar of Sangrur 1, Vikram Singh of Hoshiarpur 2 and Amritpal Singh of Barnala 3; 60 to 65 kg: Victor of Ludhiana 1, Jaswant Singh of Ludhiana 2; and Sunil Kumar of Patiala 3; 65 to 70 kg: Parkash Rawat of Ludhiana 1, Jaswinder of Patiala 2; and Sachin Kumar of Ludhiana 3; 70 to 75 kg: Sachin of Gurdaspur 1; Dheeraj of Ludhiana 2; and Amandeep Singh of Ludhiana 3; +80kg: Navdeep Singh of Barnala 1; Akashdeep of Amritsar 2; and Amanpreet Singh of Jalandhar 3.

Intermediate of Punjab: 50 to 55kg: Ramandeep Singh of Sangrur 1; Jaswinder Singh of Barnala 2; and Rohit Sharma of Patiala 3; 55 to 60 kg: Sandeep Kumar of Jalandhar 1; Sunil Kumar of Ludhiana 2; and Kulwinder Kumar of Jalandhar 3; 60 to 65 kg: Neeraj of Ludhiana 1; Ajay Pal Singh of Sangrur 2; and Shaubham Vashisht of Ludhiana 3; 65 to 70 kg: Jagbir Singh of Barnala 1; Resham Singh of Sangrur 2; and Rohit Arora of Ludhiana 3; 70 to 75 kg: Rohit Kundra of Jalandhar 1; Vipan Nair of Ludhiana 2; and Gurwant Brar of Tarn Taran 3; 75 to 80 kg: Gurmeet Singh of Ludhiana 1; Amit Kumar of Barnala 2; and Jaspreet Singh of Jalandhar 3.

Mr Ludhiana: 50 to 55 kg: Ramandeep Singh 1; Shubham Sharma 2; and Deepu 3; 55 to 60 kg: Achin Rajput 1; Sunil 2; 60 to 65 kg: Kirpal Singh 1; Lucky 2; and Dr Sarbjit Singh 3; 65 to 70 kg: Sachin 1; Parhar Rawat 2; and Rohit Thakur 3; 70 to 75 kg: Manish Srivastava 1; Rohit 2; and Vipan Nair 3; 75 to 80 kg: Gurpreet Singh 1; and Parminder Singh 2; +80 kg: Sachin Sharma 1; Harpreet Singh 2; and Dheeraj Chauhan 3.

Dr Ambedkar Punjab Classic: 60 to 65 kg: Jirpal Singh of Moga 1; Lucky of Ludhiana 2; and Dr Sarbjit Singh of Ludhiana 3; 65 to 70 kg: Jagbir Singh of Barnala 1; Achin of Ludhiana 2; and Sachin of Ludhiana 3; 70 to 75 kg: Dheeraj Sharma of Jalandhar 1; Manish Srivastava of Ludhiana 2; and Rohit Kundra of Jalandhar 3; 75 to 80 kg: Amit Kumar of Barnala 1; Sunny Randhawa of Moga 2; and Parminder Singh of Ludhiana 3; +80 kg: Hardeep Singh of Gurdaspur 1; Surinder Kumar of Gurdaspur 2; and Sachin of Ludhiana 3.



Table tennis
Punjab veterans' body revived

Ludhiana, August 4
Following instructions from the Table Tennis Federation of India, the Punjab Table Tennis Association (PTTA) has been assigned to look after the working of the Punjab Veterans Table Tennis Association (PVTTA) that has been non-functional for quite some time.

Pankaj Sharma, secretary, PTTA, said a meeting of the body was held recently with its president Dr Nirmaljeet Singh Kalsi in the chair. During the meeting, the communique was read out regarding the revival of the veterans’ body.

“The meeting also unanimously resolved to authorise Prem Kumar Choffla, secretary of the PVTTA, to do the needful to carry out activities under the aegis of the PTTA. Accordingly, he constituted a committee to look after activities such as veterans’ tournaments, selecting state veterans’ team and other issues,” said Pankaj. The committee headed by Choffla with Sachit Jain, HS Chattwal and Pankaj Sharma as its members will function under the auspices of the PTTA, said Sharma. — OC



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