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sliding rupee
Imported cycles to cost more
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 3
Be ready to shell out more for buying an imported cycle. Following the devaluation of the rupee, importers have decided to increase the prices of imported cycles by at least 10 t0 15 per cent.

The demand for high-end imported cycles has increased. Cycle manufacturers import components like basket, spoke, hub cup, steel balls, free wheel and brakes.

"The depreciation in the rupee has led to an increase of 10 to 15 per cent in the prices of imported cycles. The prices are also set to increase in the domestic market, but we have put the increase on hold for the time being," said Gurmeet Singh Kular, president of the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers.

Some of the parts used in cycles are imported. "No doubt, it is affecting us, but we have decided not to pass the increase to the customers at present," said Kular.

The weakened rupee has become a cause of concern and bicycle importers have been left with no option but to pass the burden to the consumers.

"Although the orders were booked a month ago, we are making payments for consignments at the current rate, which is causing heavy losses to us. As a result, we have increased the rates of imported cycles," said the director of a cycle company in the city.

Bicycle importers said the price hike may affect the demand for bicycles priced below Rs 10,000. There would not be any effect on the demand for bicycles priced above Rs 10,000.

Meanwhile, industry experts are seeing the weakening of the rupee as an opportunity for domestic cycle and cycle parts manufacturers.

"This is the time for the domestic manufacturers to prove their mettle. High cost of import would force importers to source bicycle parts from the local market. Local producers should try and make the most of the situation by manufacturing good quality products and tapping buyers," said a market expert.


PAU revokes rustication of 3 students
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 3
Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today finally issued a notice revoking the rustication of three students.

However, the university authorities had not displayed the notice till this evening. Office-bearers of the Punjab Agricultural University Students Association (PAUSA) said the Vice-Chancellor had given the nod to the rusticated students to attend their classes.

A meeting between the office-bearers of PAUSA and Vice-Chancellor Baldev Singh Dhillon was held over the issue. Dhillon told them that PPS Lubana, Dean, College of Agriculture Engineering, would issue the notice.

Karanvir Singh, vice-president of the association, said the rusticated students attended their classes today. The notice would be displayed tomorrow.

The three students were rusticated from the university after they were found in fields in an inebriated condition. Following this, the students' association went on a strike and after 16 days' of the stir, the university administration reviewed its decision.



Widows to be made self-reliant
Loomba Foundation, govt ink pact to provide training in stitching to 2,000 widows in dist
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 3
His mother became a widow when he was just five and she had to raise her seven children all by herself. She had to remove her jewellery and wear a white outfit meant for widows. This had a strong impact on the tender mind of the five-year-old child, who grew up to become Lord Raj Loomba, an NRI in the UK. He has now decided to put in his best to make widows self-reliant.

The Loomba Foundation has signed an MoU with the state government under which about 2,000 widows from Ludhiana district will be provided training in stitching so that they can become self-reliant. Centres will be opened for them in various villages in the district. Funds will be collected in two phases. An amount of Rs 1 crore will be equally pooled by the Loomba Foundation and the state government in the first phase, while in the second phase also, a similar amount will be given by them.

Loomba said empowerment of widows was important. "I have witnessed the plight of a widow. According to a survey, there are about 4.2 crore widows in India. On June 23, 2005, when my mother died, I observed the day as "widow day" and later the United Nations adopted the day as International Widow Day. If widows become financially independant, they can educate their children. The programme will be conducted for two years," said Loomba.

Rahul Tiwari, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, said the project was started in Ludhiana district and could be implemented in other districts of the state later. He said Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) Kanwalpreet Brar had been made the nodal officer of the project.

Brar said she had visited various villages and had seen areas where the centres would be set up.

Funds awaited from govt

While the Loomba Foundation has already contributed its share to start the project, an amount of Rs 50 lakh is still awaited from the state government. Though the Deputy Commissioner claimed that the amount would be released within four days by the government, the fact is that the government is in a financial mess and has not been able to pay salaries to the employees

What the state Finance Minister says

Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Finance Minister, Punjab, when asked that grants were being announced by the government but were not being released timely, said the past two months were lean during which little revenue was generated by departments. "But now there should not be any problem and grants will reach on time. The grant of Rs 50 lakh for widows will also be released within a few days," said the Finance Minister.



Thirteen test positive for dengue
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 3
Thirteen cases of dengue were confirmed here today. The patients are under treatment at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. Of them, five patients are from Ludhiana, including four male, one each from Sahnewal, BRS Nagar, Salem Tabri and Ashok Nagar, and a female from Civil Lines.

Among the other patients, one is from Nawanshahr, two are from Hoshiarpur and one from Fatehgarh Sahib (all male), while four are from other states (three from J& K ( two male and one female) and one (male) from Haryana.

With this, the number of confirmed cases of dengue reported from Ludhiana district alone has reached 15 so far.

Disclosing this, the Assistant Civil Surgeon, Dr Kaushal Saini, said, "People should take preventive measures to save themselves form the tentacles of dengue. In case there is any person who has symptoms of dengue, the patient should be taken to a doctor immediately so that the necessary treatment can be provided at the earliest."



Construction of Southern Bypass
Traffic diversion causes snarl-ups
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 3
Residents of BRS Nagar, Rajguru Nagar, Aggar Nagar and adjoining areas had a harrowing time today after one side of the bridge on the Ferozepur road was closed to traffic.

According to the police, the traffic was diverted to the one side of the bridge due to the construction of the southern bypass. The bridge will remain closed for nearly three months.

The traffic policemen were deputed at the construction site in the morning to divert the traffic.

The blocking of the road came as a surprise for hundreds of commuters coming from Jagraon, Moga and Ferozepur.

The area witnessed a massive traffic jam during the peak morning and evening hours.

The residents living in South City, Asha Puri and Raghunath Enclave were the worst hit as they had to take a detour from Gurdev Nagar and Aggar Nagar to reach their destinations.

Several residents were spotted arguing the traffic policemen.

Many residents were anguished over the slow pace of construction of the southern bypass.

"For car owners, it is still manageable to wait in the queue and move at a snail's pace, but for the commuters riding two-wheelers it is an agonising experience," said Neeraj Chadha, a resident of BRS Nagar.

The condition of traffic policemen was no better either. "I fear I might develop a breathing problem.

Standing near the construction site and controlling traffic is a difficult task. Heat, pollution and dust is causing a lot of problem," said a traffic policeman.

Many residents said if some provision was made to divert the traffic to the PAU it would be of a great help for the residents of Ashapuri and adjoining areas. The entry of outsiders is banned in the PAU campus and the residents are allowed to enter only after submitting their identification cards or documents of the vehicle to the guards.



Patient in coma, relatives allege negligence by doctor
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 3
Kin of a patient, Baldev Krishan (46), who is in a coma due to the alleged negligence on the part of Dr DP Singh Arora and has been admitted to Mohandai Oswal Hospital, staged a protest outside the Civil Surgeon’s office here today. They were led by Parveen Dang, president of the Hindu Sikh Jagriti Sena. The protesters were demanding financial help to Baldev Krishan’s family and action against the erring doctor.

The members of his family alleged that due to negligence on the part of Dr DP Singh Arora at Arora Hospital, the patient was now in a coma. Gaurav, Baldev Krishan’s son, said: "My father had stones in the gallbladder and was admitted to Arora Hospital in May 2013. Dr DP Singh Arora did not examine him for diabetes before the operation. My father’s condition worsened soon after the doctor administered him an injection and he has been in a coma since the day he was operated upon. Now, we are not able to afford the hospital expenses anymore".

Meanwhile, refuting these allegations, Dr DP Singh Arora said: "We have well qualified staff at the hospital and we examined the patient before the operation. There was nothing wrong till the operation. But soon after the operation, the patient got an unexplained cardiac arrest. We controlled the situation and referred him to Mohandai Oswal Hospital for better treatment. Now, the patient’s family does not have money. So, they are making an issue to get money from me," he added.



DMCH refused to accept donated body: Pensioner
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 3
General secretary of the Railway Pensioners Welfare Association KK Kapoor has alleged that despite completing all the formalities regarding the donation of the body of his wife through an NGO, New Hope Society, about 10 years ago, the DMCH here has denied to accept the body of his wife, who died on July 7 this year.

At a press conference held here today, Kapoor said he and his wife wanted to donate their bodies, following which all the documents were completed and they were given the Card Numbers 103 and 164 by the hospital authorities.

"In July 2013, my wife died and I informed Dr Goel from the DMCH about donating the eyes of my wife. But, the doctor maintained that the hospital did not take eyes while the body could be accepted at around 10 am. Since I knew that a body could not be donated after 24 hours, I requested the authorities to wait for three or four hours till the rituals were completed. But, the doctor refused to listen to my pleas and disconnected the phone. We had no other option but to cremate the body. Later, we got calls from two doctors of the DMCH who maintained that they required parts of the body for some needy person," rued the pensioner, urging the hospital authorities to take action against the erring doctors.

Meanwhile, the Medical Superintendent of the DMCH, Sandeep Puri, said the organs could be useful if a patient was brain-dead. After death, a body is used just for dissection and its organs are of no use. "We can not keep many bodies for dissection as just five of seven bodies are used every year for dissection by students," said Puri.



Lawyer’s thrashing triggers debate
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 3
The thrashing of advocate Harinam Singh Sandhu (26) by Amandeep Singh and Rajdeep Singh of Gurdev Nagar after he was found urinating on a wall of their plot has triggered a debate in the city.

Rajdeep and Amandeep were arrested under sections 382, 323 and 149 of the IPC.

Many feel that Rajdeep and Amandeep could not tolerate the sight of someone urinating on the wall of their property while a section of society believes that the lack of public toilets led to the ugly incident.

A psychiatrist, Dr Rajiv Gupta, said it was not the first incident where people have clashed over a petty issue.

"There are many factors are behind the increasing incidents of spat on petty issues. The tolerance level is going down, especially among youngsters. The rising stress level and egos often lead to ugly confrontations. We have become so intolerant that we are not willing to consider the problems of others. That is what has happened in this case," said Dr Gupta.

Dr Arun Mitra, who is also a social worker, said the lack of public convenience led to the unfortunate confrontation between a lawyer and the property owner.

Sources said the issue would not have precipitated had Rajdeep and Amandeep not let lose their dog on Harinam Singh Sandhu.

The police said the medical report had confirmed dog-bite injuries on Harinam Sandhu.

Dr PS Jassal, ENT specialist, said the brawl needed to be condemned.

"But if such unfortunate incidents occur, then it is the moral and professional duty of an advocate to fight the case. As every accused has a right to claim himself to be innocent," said Dr PS Jassal, who claimed that he was implicated in a false case and had to run from pillar to post seeking justice.

Sham Singh Harika, a veteran politician-turned-social activist, feels that had the civic body created enough public convenience, such an incident would not have occurred.

"Just think of women who visit the market and could not find a public convenience. Diabetics, who urinate frequently, also suffer a lot due to the absence of public toilets at most places," said Sham Singh Harika.

Joginder Singh, another social activist from the Gill road area, said urinating on walls left a bad impression on passers-by, especially women.

"At most places, people write names on walls warning against urinating in the open. Indulging in a fight over the issue was more appalling and letting loose a dog on the advocate, who was urinating, was tragic," said Joginder Singh.



MCPI slams hike in fuel prices
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 3
The Marxist Communist Party of India (MCPI) has strongly criticised recent hike in petrol and diesel prices while lambasting the government for denial of subsidy on cooking gas in the name of direct benefit transfer scheme.

The MCPI state general secretary, Kuldeep Singh, said heavy financial burden on the people, who were already groaning under the weight of skyrocketing prices of all essential commodities, especially the food items, had made their lives miserable.

He said, “Tall claims of cash subsidy on the LPG under the DBT scheme have been falsified due to the fact that majority of the people have not been issued Aadhaar cards. Then how will they avail the cash subsidy on cooking gas."

The MCPI leader was also skeptical about the food bill which had recently been adopted by the Parliament. The move will prove futile and will fail to provide benefit to intended beneficiaries in the face of many loopholes and corruption in the system, he added while asserting that all these acts were political gimmicks and worthless high pitched slogans by the Congress-led UPA government who had an eye on coming Lok Sabha elections.

Taking serious note of the dwindling value of rupee, the MCPI has blamed the present and previous governments at centre who had pursued the neo-liberal policies which had benefitted the multinational corporations and corporate sector and had adverse impact on the common people. “It is ridiculous that the UPA Government led by Dr Manmohan Singh is adamant on implementing neoliberal bankrupt policies of free market economy and so called reforms which have already led to a serious economic crisis in the country," the party observed.



UCPMA poll: Candidates organise dinner meetings to woo voters
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 3
With elections of the United Cycle and Parts Manufactures Association (UCPMA) nearing, the activities in the association are gaining momentum. Dinner meetings are being organised and candidates of both the factions are personally visiting the associations and wooing the members to cast their vote in their favour.

One faction is led by present president, Gurmeet Singh Kular, while the other faction is led by former president, Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma.

Today, Kular claimed that he got support of the Muradpura Small Traders Association. Gurmeet Singh Kular also assured the association members that at least two persons from the association will be taken in the executive committee of the United Cycle and Parts Manufactures Association . He assured that no industry will be shifted from mixed land area and efforts are being done to declare these areas as industrial.

Gurmeet Singh Kular further said, “The industrialist of the mixed land areas will be provided with land at subsidies rates for expansion. A specialised team of qualified and experienced persons will be formed to up-grade the bicycle parts manufacturing industry to international level and the category of power from category 1 to 2 will be imposed so that this area gets the status of industrial area.”

Meanwhile, the meeting of other faction was held at a local hotel in which more than 60 members gathered to support Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma.

During this meeting, Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma discussed to re-open R&D Centre in the United Cycle and Parts Manufactures Association which was closed by the present team.

The R&D Centre open for the industrial benefit to develop multiple dies and reduce the operation, operation cost and save the labour.

Charajit Singh Vishivkarma and Avtar Singh Bhogal gave their full cooperation to reopen R&D Centre and related software and also restart the previously purchase software which is very costly.



Punjabi movie star cast in city

Ludhiana, September 7
Star cast of Punjabi movie, “Putt Jattan de-Jatt Boys” visited the city here today. Actor Aman Dhaliwal, who played a leading role in the film, said that the movie has been running successfully for the second week after its release. Around 500 girls from a college were sponsored by organisers to watch the movie.

While interacting with the mediapersons, Aman Dhaliwal said the movie is based on the "jatt" youths so we are receiving good feedback from the public of Punjab. “The movie depicts the circumstances of rural youth. It is one of the best movies released in past few years.”

“On the first week after its release, we received good response from the public. People from all walks of the life have been watching movie. — TNS



Admn urged to check eve-teasing

Mandi Ahmedgarh, Sept 3
Paying gratitude to office-bearers of various organisations which supported their movement launched against obscenity and eve-teasing in mini-buses, residents of the Sarabha and Pakhowal area urged the administration to check the tendency which has since taken form of menace.

Claiming that the youths, who had allegedly teased and humiliated a woman by playing obscene video while she was travelling in a bus a week ago, had apologised in writing. — OC



home science COLLEGES
Debate over colleges’ name
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana September 3
Taking a cue from the western world, there is a discussion among scientists of home science over changing the name of home science colleges across India. They want to give such a name to home science colleges that expresses more about them.

According to the information, the proposal of changing the names of home science colleges has came from the scientists as they feel that the home sciences colleges are now offering several crosses which address the whole community, not only homes.

The discussion on the name of home science colleges among the scientists is quite old. Earlier, the names of home science colleges were changed in some of the foreign countries. As per the information, the majority of scientists in country are in the favour of changing the names. The scientists at the College of Home Sciences, Punjab Agriculture University, are also keen on changing the name of college. The scientists have been suggesting the names i.e. Community Sciences and Technology, Community Sciences and Resources Management.Till date there is no proposal on name change but the teachers in the College of Home Sciences, PAU, asked the students to choose one name between suggested names.

Dr Rupa Bakshi, Dean, College of Home Sciences, said: "There is no such proposal from any authority till the date but during the national conferences of home science, the experts have often discussed this issue. The scientists often suggest that the name should give a wider approach as we are offering the courses for whole community. Any individual collage cannot change the name of college." 



PAU scientist gets Commonwealth Academic Fellowship

Ludhiana: A scientist of the Department of Entomology of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Dr Naveen Aggarwal, has made the university proud by fetching the prestigious "Commonwealth Academic Fellowship 2013" for his outstanding research work. Dr Aggarwal is presently working as a principal investigator of all-India coordinated project on "Biological Control of Insect-Pests and Weeds". The PAU scientist will be visiting the University of Warwick, United Kingdom, from September 5 to December 4, 2013, for carrying out his research work on "Tritrophic interactions among crucifer plants, diamond back moth, plutella xylostella and biocontrol agents".

Training courses on straw management, mushroom cultivation today

The Directorate of Extension Education of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) will be organising a training course on "Straw Management and Minimum Tillage Machinery" from September 4-6 on the campus. The course will be held in association with the training unit of the PAU College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology. The ASIs of Agriculture Department will participate in the course. Dr MS Gill, Director of Extension Education, said: "The PAU farm engineers will educate the trainees about the minimum tillage technologies for crop production, and the safe operation of farm machinery. Special emphasis will be laid on cotton and wheat straw management machinery. " — TNS



Scientist on European expert panel on vaccines

Ludhiana: Dr Hari Mohan Saxena, Professor of Immunology, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana, has been appointed a member of the expert panel on vaccines of the European Society for Translational Medicine which is a global non-profit platform for the advancement and progress of translational medicine. The society facilitates cooperation and interaction among clinicians, scientists, academia, industry, governments, funding and regulatory agencies, investors and policy makers to develop and deliver high quality translational medicine programs and initiatives to enhance global health. Dr Saxena is the principal investigator of a UGC-funded project aimed at developing a new bacteriophage-based vaccine for hemorrhagic septicemia, an important infectious disease of cattle and buffaloes which causes huge economic losses in livestock sector.

Dr Saxena has been conferred with the Award for Excellence in Research by the Education Expo TV in the Faculty Branding Awards 2013 function held in Kolkata and was bestowed with Lifetime Education Excellence Award and Medal by the Business Development Association of India at New Delhi recently. — TNS



Installation ceremony
ENT specialist Arun Mitra speaks during the installation ceremony of a science society at the Government College for Girls in Ludhiana on Tuesday
ENT specialist Arun Mitra speaks during the installation ceremony of a science society at the Government College for Girls in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana: Installation ceremony of a science society was organised on the premises of the Government College for Girls on Tuesday. Chief guest on the occasion was Dr Arun Mittra, ear, nose and throat. He is also the national general secretary of the Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD). Principal Gurminder Kaur also graced the occasion and delivered the welcome speech. Dr Arun Mittra mentioned how we can build a secured future through peace and health. He also stressed that like all industries, the thermal generation of electricity produced waste. Whatever fuel was used, these wastes must be managed in ways to safeguard human health. He also discussed about the world’s worst nuclear disaster occurred few years back. Renewable energy sources such as hydro and wind were expected to be capable of supplying energy to the human world for another one billion years at which point the predicted increase in heat from the sun was expected to make the surface of the earth to hot for water to exist. Principal Gurminder Kaur said science society was working hard to improve the standards of science wing. Atomic energy was dangerous and we should totally ban this energy throughout the world for our betterment.


The BCM College of Education organized investiture for the session 2013-14 on Tuesday. Principal Dr Khushvinder Kumar, SK Mehta (secretary) and MR Mehta (Director, BCM School, Focal Point) conferred badges and sashes on the elected students. With pride and sense of achievement surging in their hearts, the head boy and the head girl delivered motivational speech urging the new council to have a clear conscience while delivering their duties. It was followed by an oath taking ceremony. Principal Dr Khushvinder Kumar congratulated post holder and advised them to develop leadership qualities and the ability to overcome challenges. With these responsibilities placed on their shoulders the newly appointed office-bearers vowed to act as role model for the rest of the students.

Student brings laurels

Amrinder Kaur (BHMCT 2009-2013 batch) of the PCTE Institute of Hotel Management Baddowal, Ludhiana, has won gold medal in the university examination of Punjab Technical University. She scored 89.7 per cent and stood first in the university. Another student Inderpreet Kaur of same batch has won silver medal and stood second.Honey Sethi won bronze medal and stood third. Dr KNS Kang, director, PCTE Group of Institutes, congratulated the students and said that it was the hard work and commitment that paid well. Dr Kang said, “The PCTE is putting in lot of efforts to improve the quality of education in their institutes.” — TNS 



Talent hunt competition
Students of Ramgarhia Senior Secondary School with their certificates after a talent hunt competition
Students of Ramgarhia Senior Secondary School with their certificates after a talent hunt competition. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana: Ramgarhia School organised a talent hunt competition in which students participated. The students showed lot of enthusiasm in the competitions. The winners were awarded certificates on the occasion. Principal Ashok Kumar gave away the prizes.

Teachers' training workshop

A teachers' training workshop was held at Green Land Convent School, Civil City. The workshop was organised for all the subject teachers. The main motive behind organising the training was to polish the skills of teachers and make them aware of new innovations in teaching techniques. Resource persons, Baldeep Pandher and Vinita Sanan, Principals of Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, Jalandhar bypass, and Green Land Convent School, Sector - 32, respectively were called on the school premises to enhance teachers' knowledge in methodology, language and theory, which encouraged them to actively reflect their prior learning and experience. The training session not only made the teachers more aware of the new techniques but also instilled confidence and qualities of smartness to teach the students. Principal of the school Jyoti Sachdev Pujara highlighted the need for creative thinking and observation. She said the teachers' training programmes has become an integral part of the education system for scholastic and non-scholastic development.

Aanganwari workers’ meet on September 14

The Aanganwari Mulazim Union held a meeting on Tuesday under the leadership of Subhash Rani, president of the union. The president said, "The 9th state-level conference of aaganwari workers will be held on September 14 and 15 at Machiwara in which more than 300 delegates will take part." The president said volunteers were put-on the duty to make it a successful event. Besides, problems being faced by the workers would also be discussed in the meeting.

Fitness centre inaugurated

Doraha: A fitness centre was inaugurated at Doraha on Tuesday. Principal of Saraswati Model Senior Secondary School DS Gosian, while inaugurating the centre, said it would prove to be a boon for the residents of Doraha, who hitherto had seldom facilities available in the town as far as their fitness and health was concerned. — TNS



ludhiana scan
Appeal for renal failure patient

Puneet, 28, a resident of Ludhiana, has been regularly undergoing bi-weekly dialysis at the DMCH. According to doctors, Puneet is suffering from renal kidney failure and has been on dialysis for the past four years. His father, Ishwar Chander, is bed-ridden with chronic arthritis. The family has exhausted all the financial resources for Puneet’s treatment. On behalf of his family, the hospital authorities make a fervent appeal to philanthropists for monetary help by sending cheque/draft in favour of “Dayanand Medical College & Hospital” with “Treatment for Puneet” along with CR No 89816 written on backside of the cheque or draft.

Medical check-up camp held

A team of doctors from Swami Vivekanand Hospital, Model Town Extension, examined as many as 665 patients during a free medical check-up camp organised here on Tuesday. Anil Bharti, founder of the Ashram, said different experts examined different and distributed medicines  for free.

Tech scheme applauded

Knitwear Club has applauded the decision of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs which has given its approval for the Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (TUFS) to be operated during the 12th plan period. The total budget outlay for continuation of the scheme during the 12th plan period will be around Rs 11,900 crore, out of which Rs 2,400 crore have been allocated for the financial year 2013-14.


Meeting of Dr Ambedkar Sarv Saanji Sabha was held here on Tuesday during which it was decided to launch a district-level drive against the social evils prevalent in the society. President, Jagsir Singh Atwal, while addressing the meeting, said drugs are flowing freely in Punjab, which is a land of gurus and saints. “We need to launch a drive against the same and make youth aware about the same,” he said.

VCD launched

Manish Tewari, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister launched Shiv Bhardwaj's VCD "Swarg toh sohna tera dawar" here on Tuesday. Surinder Kohli has given music to the album. Speaking on the occasion, Tiwari said such religious functions strengthen the bond of the society and such functions should be arranged of and on.

‘Demands not implemented’

Amrik Singh Gill, convener of Punjab Roadways Employees, said that the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had accepted their demands but the demands have not been implemented so far. Their demands included to give job on compassionate grounds, give uniforms to drivers, outsourced employees should be made permanent. These are some of the demands which have not been implemented without assurance by the Chief Minister.

Applications invited for youth awards

Swami Vivekananda Study Circle has invited applications from college students for Swami Vivekananda Youth Awards for the year 2013-24. The circle, a socio-cultural organisation, aims to promote the great ideas and ideals of Swami Vivekananda among the Indian youth. To commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda on January 12, the awards are presented by the circle every year, to some selected students, who possess qualities like patriotism, honesty, leadership apart from having good academic record and participation in sports/social welfare activities. For more details, students can visit the website www.swamivivekanand.org/svya. The last date of receipt of applications is October 15.

Medical camp

Mandi Ahmedgarh: A week-long medical check-up camp concluded at the Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Charitable Hospital at Sarabha village near here on Tuesday. A team of physicians and specialists in medicine, orthopaedics, dentistry and cardiology examined and provided free medicines to the patients coming from about 12 localities of the region. At least 20 patients were recommended for various kinds of surgery. Dr SK Batish convener of the project said the chairman of the trust, Hoshiar Singh Grewal, had inaugurated coordinated series of medical camps and teams of physicians led by Dr Geeta Garg, Dr Monika Dhawan and Dr Gagan Deep supervised various sessions of the project. About 500 persons benefitted from the camps.

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2 cars stolen in Ludhiana

Ludhiana, September 3
Venturing out on Sunday evening proved two city residents costly as their cars were stolen.

The city police has registered a case against unidentified vehicle thieves and started investigation. Tejinder Singh of Aggar Nagar said he parked his car near Westend Mall and went for shopping. When he came out of the mall, he found his Hyundai Verna car (PB 08-BA-4500) missing.

Thieves also stole Manpreet Singh's Hyundai Santro that was parked outside the Gurdwara in Sarabha Nagar. — TNS



Remand of assailants extended
Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 3
Judicial Magistrate Ashish Thathai today extended the police remand of two persons facing accusations of launching a murderous attack on a city lawyer and his family for three days.

Both the arrested persons, Naunihal Singh of Sarabha Nagar in Ludhiana and Ravi Sarandeep Singh of Mullanpur were arrested on the spot. A case under section 307 of the IPC was registered against them at the division no. 5 police station on a statement of victim Aman Mehta, a city lawyer.

The District Bar Association had observed a strike.



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