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Businessman strangled to death
 Wife stabbed several times; robber(s) decamp with cash, valuables worth lakhs of rupees
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 29
A 58-year-old businessman was killed while his wife sustained multiple stab injuries in a suspected robbery incident at Dr Hira Singh Road near Ghumar Mandi. It is suspected that the robber(s) decamped with cash and gold ornaments worth lakhs of rupees.
Police officials question a watchman at Dr Hira Singh Road near Ghumar Mandi in Ludhiana on Friday
Police officials question a watchman at Dr Hira Singh Road near Ghumar Mandi in Ludhiana on Friday.
Ashima, the businessman’s daughter, mourns his death.
Ashima, the businessman’s daughter, mourns his death. Tribune Photos: Himanshu Mahajan
ACP (Crime) GS Bains inspects the crime scene in Ludhiana
ACP (Crime) GS Bains inspects the crime scene in Ludhiana. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

The victims have been identified as Sudhir Girdhar and his wife Neena Girdhar (57).

The incident came to light this morning when Gaurav Saini, the victims' son-in-law, entered the house by scaling the gate.

He was shocked to find his mother-in-law Neena trembling for help in a pool of blood, while Sudhir's body was lying in the bathroom. The entire house was ransacked.

He raised the alarm and informed Sudhir's relatives and the police about the incident. Aruna, Gaurav's mother, said the couple was scheduled to accompany her to Delhi.

"We were trying their number since morning but both their phones were switched off. Finally, Gaurav visited the house to check the reason. I am completely devastated. I don't know what to do. There is so much blood in the house," said Aruna.

Bhushan Girdhar, Sudhir's brother, said he came to know about the incident around 7.30 am.

Besides PCR policemen, inspector Davinder Chaudhary, SHO, Division No. 8 police station, reached the spot and took Neena and Sudhir to a hospital.

While Sudhir was declared brought dead, Neena was taken to the Emergency for treatment.

Soon ADCP Joginder Singh, ACP-West Gurpreet Kaur Purewal and ACP-Crime Gurbans Bains reached the house and started investigation.

The area was cordoned off and a forensic team, fingerprint experts and a dog squad collected vital clues from the crime scene.

Later, Commissioner of Police Nirmal Singh Dhillon and DCP Harsh Bansal also visited the house.

Speaking to Ludhiana Tribune, the Commissioner of Police said, "According to preliminary investigations, it appears the assailants made a friendly entry into the house. We are hopeful that the accused will be nabbed soon. We have got some vital clues but we cannot divulge the details now. A kitchen knife was used to stab the woman, while the man was strangled to death."

The Commissioner of Police said it appeared that the assailants, believed to be more than two, entered the house last evening when Neena was cooking dinner and Sudhir was sitting in the bedroom.

It is not certain yet as to who was attacked first, but circumstantial evidence indicates that Sudhir was attacked first. He was strangled and locked up in the bathroom. Later, the assailants entered the kitchen, picked a kitchen knife and stabbed Neena several times. Sources said Sudhir was strangled with a belt.

The assailants than dragged Neena into the bedroom and opened an almirah in front of her. Later, the assailants took her into another room for gold ornaments. Blood stains were seen all over the wall.

"I keep a watch over two streets in the locality. I came around 10 pm and left at 6.30 am. I kept sitting outside a boutique located in the middle of the two streets, but did not notice any untoward activity. Another watchman deployed at an ATM booth located near the house also did not witness any person entering or coming out of the house," said Subhash, a watchman.

Couple was living alone in house
The couple was living alone in the house. Sudhir, a cloth merchant, was running his business from Gujjarmal Road.

The couple's elder daughter, Ashima, was married to Gaurav Saini and lives in BRS Nagar, while their younger daughter, Vishakha, is a student of BTech final year in an engineering college in Amritsar. The couple was renovating the house. Glasses were yet to be installed in the windows, which could have perhaps provided easy access to the assailants. It is learnt that for the past three months, Sudhir had stopped the renovation work of the house.

Murder spreads panic
The murder incident has caused panic among area residents. While women were watching the scene from the rooftops of their houses, men were seen gathering details from journalists and policemen standing at the spot. The victims' relatives were in a state of shock and were trying to come to terms with the tragedy.

Matchmaker visited house

According to sources,Neena has stated to the police that a matchmaker had visited their house last night. She reportedly told the police that the matchmaker gained access to the house on the pretext of finding an alliance for their nephew. She said Sudhir had rejected the alliance. The sources said she could not recall what happened next. The matchmaker lives in Chandigarh.

Suspect identified

The police has identified the suspect. Sources said the assailant was a servant of Sudhir's relative. He knew that Sudhir was suffering from paralysis and would not be able to offer resistance. Soon after entering the house, he smashed a concrete idol on Sudhir's head and strangled him to death with a belt. He then entered the kitchen and attacked Neena and later dragged her into a room where he stabbed her again. The suspect decamped with gold and valuables worth lakhs of rupees. The sources said teams had been sent to arrest the suspect


land acquisition
Fate of new GLADA projects hangs in the balance
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, November 29
With the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) facing stiff opposition from farmers and other land/property owners in over a dozen villages, the task of acquisition of some 3,200 acres has become a tough nut to crack. To make matters worse for the Punjab Government and the GLADA authorities, the Congress, and in particular Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari, who represents Ludhiana in the Lok Sabha, has come out openly against the acquisition of land.

In the wake of a spate of protests and opposition by the land owners, the fate of two ambitious projects - the integrated industrial park, urban estate, and the water front city, hangs in the balance. The state government had issued notifications under Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act for acquisition of 1,125 acres in and around Sahnewal for an integrated industrial park in June 2013, and another notification for the acquisition of 2,106 acres for the water front city in September 2013.

Hundreds of farmers from the villages, where land is proposed to be acquired, had lodged their protest, saying that they would lose their fertile land and source of livelihood while owners of residential and commercial properties were also opposed to the acquisition. The statutory provision of granting a personal hearing to the affected land/property owners from Sahnewal and the surrounding villages had already been completed while those from nine other villages from where land for the water front city is proposed to be acquired are yet to be heard.

The affected land and property owners had found a formidable ally in Manish Tewari, Union Minister and local MP, who maintains that the Punjab Government could not acquire land under the provisions of the Land Acquisition Act — 1894, which stands repealed after the enactment of the new Land Acquisition Act, which had taken effect retrospectively from 2011.

Taking up the matter with the GLADA authorities, Tewari categorically told them that he would not allow the forcible acquisition of land of farmers under the archaic Act of 1894. Under the provisions of the new Act, land could only be acquired by the state government with due consent of the owners, he said. The urban and rural units of the District Congress Committee had also extended their support to the farmers and other land owners who were likely to be affected by the proposed acquisition of land in nearly 15 villages in the district.

Additional Chief Administrator of GLADA Supreet Singh Gulati told Ludhiana Tribune that the farmers and other land/property owners were not, as such, opposed to the acquisition but they were demanding adequate compensation as well as rehabilitation. “If the government goes ahead with the acquisition of land, we shall ensure that the interests of the farmers as well as other land/property owners are safeguarded,” he said.

Land owners have tewari’s support

The affected land and property owners have found a formidable ally in Manish Tewari, Union Minister and local MP, who maintains that the Punjab Government cannot acquire land under the provisions of the Land Acquisition Act -- 1894, which stands repealed after the enactment of the new Land Acquisition Act



Residents turn out in large numbers at MC counters to pay property tax 
 Over 61,000 tax returns filed so far; MC nets Rs 21.30 crore
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 29
With just a day left for the payment of property tax with a 10 per cent rebate, city residents turned out in large numbers at the counters set up by the municipal corporation at its zonal and sub-zonal offices and suvidha centres today for filing their property tax returns and for the payment of tax.

According to MC officials, around 16,000 returns were filed on yesterday and today. So far, more than 61,000 property tax returns have been filed with the MC with a total recovery of over Rs 21.30 crore.

MC Joint Commissioner JS Ghumman said all counters set up for receipt of property tax at the zonal and sub-zonal offices and at the suvidha centres would remain open tomorrow to facilitate the payment of property tax with a rebate. The property tax returns could also be filed with the designated branches of HDFC Bank at Kidwai Nagar, Mall Road, Miller Ganj and Rishi Nagar with a rebate tomorrow and without a rebate thereafter.

Meanwhile, the residents standing in queues at the counters for receipt of property tax returns remained a harassed lot, especially with regard to the calculation of tax on the basis of the collector rate of their residential or commercial properties. The MC staff manning the help desks were also either indifferent or not really sure about the rate of tax for different localities.

Several city residents complained that with little or no assistance from the MC employees deployed at the counters, they had to return disappointed after waiting for several hours in queues or else deposited the tax as per their own calculation which might create problems later.

MC offices to remain open today

* All zonal, sub-zonal offices and suvidha centres of the MC will remain open to receive property tax returns on Saturday

* Tax can also be deposited in branches of HDFC Bank at Mall Road, Kidwai Nagar, Miller Ganj and Rishi Nagar

* Helpline numbers 97800-10452 and 97800-22410



Ray of hope for needy patients
 Docs to examine them free of cost
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 29
There is a ray of hope for poor and needy patients. Reputed doctors from the city have agreed to examine them, that too free of cost. Thanks to the efforts made by the district administration, the doctors have agreed to examine the needy patients at IMA House adjoining the police station, BRS Nagar, here once a month from now onwards.

Giving details, Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal told Ludhiana Tribune that there were a lot of poor and needy persons, who could not afford to visit reputed doctors for consultation.

“This is an attempt by the district administration and the doctors to serve the poor and needy. A panel of doctors, including a neurosurgeon, a medical specialist, a heart specialist, a surgeon, an ortho surgeon, a gynaecologist, an ENT specialist and a paediatrician will examine the patients on the third Sunday of every month at IMA House free of cost,” said Aggarwal, adding that the administration had also contacted associations of medical representatives and chemists to chip in by providing medicines free of cost.

Aggarwal said the doctors had also agreed to bring an ECG machine. They would provide 50 per cent discount on X-rays to patients. “We are trying to rope in NGOs and other voluntary organisations to help poor patients,” said the DC.

The first such multi-speciality camp will be held for the needy patients on December 1 at IMA House. Leading doctors, including Dr Manoj Sobti (neurosurgeon), Dr Karamvir Goyal (medical specialist), Dr Kulwant Singh (heart specialist), Dr Gaurav Sachdeva (medical specialist), Dr DP Singh Arora (surgeon), Dr BS Hunjab (ortho surgeon), Dr Narjit Kaur (gynaecologist), Dr Vipin Garg (ENT specialist) and Dr S Bedi (paediatrics) will provide their services. 



ASI held on bribe charge, suspended
 Says he has been framed by drug mafia
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, November 29
An ASI of the Jagraon police has been arrested and suspended by the authorities for allegedly demanding a bribe from relatives of an alleged member of a drug peddlers' gang arrested by the Jagraon police a few days ago with 125 gm of heroin. The ASI, Major Singh, was deployed with the CIA, Jagraon.

SSP Jagraon Ashish Chaudhry confirmed the development. "ASI Major Singh has been arrested on a charge of demanding a bribe and a case has been registered against him." He said the ASI was arrested following a complaint lodged by Karamjit Singh, an officer of the Forest Department.

According to sources, Karamjit Singh had approached the DIG, Ludhiana, alleging that the ASI was demanding a bribe from him for not impounding a vehicle belonging to one of the drug peddlers arrested by a team of the CIA, Jagraon, a few days ago.

"The DIG forwarded the complaint to the SSP, Jagraon, following which the ASI was suspended," the sources said.

Meanwhile, Major Singh has denied the allegations levelled against him. "I am innocent and have become a victim of a conspiracy hatched by the drug mafia to frame me. I had played an important role in 27 cases registered against drug peddlers since my posting with the CIA staff, Jagraon, around three months ago," he claimed.

"I had obtained crucial information about some more people involved in drug peddling. I was close to catching some big fish involved in drug peddling. Fearing that they will be exposed, the drug peddlers hatched a conspiracy to frame me in a false bribery case. However, I have full faith in the judiciary and am sure that I will be exonerated of the charge," the ASI said.



Work or perish, Maluka tells staff
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 29
Education Minister Sikandar Singh Maluka has warned the striking non-teaching employees working under the SSA and the RMSA in Punjab to join back their duties within three days or be prepared to face the consequences i.e. the termination of the contract.
Players of the New Zealand kabaddi team during a practice session at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on Friday.
Sights on kabaddi cup: Players of the New Zealand kabaddi team during a practice session at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Maluka, who is also on the panel of the World Kabaddi Cup, was here to review the arrangements for it. He said, “We will terminate their contract and hire the services of new employees. They cannot blackmail the department like this as it is clearly mentioned in their contract that they will be paid when they will work. We are not going to provide them the salary for the striking period. And it is about a month now, since they are in no mood to join back their duties, we will be forced to take the extreme step.”

It may be mentioned here that about 1,400 employees all over Punjab are on strike and are demanding that their services be regularised by the department. The striking employees have stopped working in the offices and are on pen down strike. Besides, recently, they started with the hunger strike from Mohali.

Due to their strike, the routine work in the offices is suffering. The major sufferers in the city are the students from Classes I- VIII, who have not been able to get their school uniforms till date though an amount of Rs 6.5 crore has already been deposited with the authorities but since the files are not being cleared, the funds are not reaching the schools and students are yet to get the winter uniforms.



Youth ends strike after SDM’s assurance
 Was demanding setting up of a fire station in Jagraon
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, November 29
What the leaders of various political parties and NGOs failed to do for a long time, a youth of Jagraon did the same and that too single-handedly by receiving a time-bound assurance of getting established a fire brigade station here following a three-day-long hunger strike by him.

The youth, Kapil Bansal, who had launched a hunger strike on Wednesday morning in front of the office of Jagraon Municipal Council, called off his strike when Jagraon SDM Apneet Rayat handed him a copy of the demand draft sent to Tata Motors for buying a truck for the fire station to be set up at the Jagraon MC.

The SDM told Kapil that a demand draft of Rs 11,67,567 has been sent to Tata Motors for buying a truck for the fire brigade service and the company has been requested to supply the same as soon as possible. She also assured Kapil that the fire brigade service in Jagraon would be started within 15 days.

Prior to that, the administration did not take any notice of the agitation launched by Kapil and no official visited him for two days while he was sitting on the strike. However, the situation turned awkward for the local administration when Kapil fainted because of dehydration at the agitation site yesterday night. As soon as the local administration came to know about it, Jagraon SDM Apneet Rayat and Jagraon Municipal Council executive officer Davinder Toor reached the spot and sent Kapil to the local Civil Hospital.



mai bhago scheme
113 students get cycles
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 29
At last the girl students from Classes XI and XII were distributed bicycles under the Mai Bhago Scheme at Government Model Senior Secondary School here today. The chief guest on the occasion was Simarjeet Singh Bains, MLA. As many as 113 cycles were distributed to the girl students.

Bains was apologetic or the late distribution of the cycles due to dirty politics by one of the leaders.

He said the students who were left without bicycles, will be provided the conveyance soon and for that he was ready to spend from his own pocket.

Bains said the Punjab Government had spent Rs 42 crore to provide cycles to about 1.52 lakh students all over Punjab.



Villages home to large number of house sparrows, finds research
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 29
With focus on the declining number of house sparrows in the region, a student of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) conducted a research in which he discovered that a large number of sparrows were found in some of the villages in the district which otherwise contradict the common perception of the extinction of sparrows.

Kulveer Singh, a student of MSc Zoology researched on ‘abundance and breeding ecology of house sparrows’ in two villages, namely Jassowal and Kullar under the guidance of subject specialist Dr Tejdeep Kaur Kaler, professor, Department of Zoology. Kulveer initiated the research in March, 2012 and observed the area of research till February 2013.

In his research work, Kulveer Singh competitively observed the peripheries and the interior areas of the selected villages. He examined the population of house sparrows as compared to other birds in villages.

“It is quite surprising for me that the house sparrows were in top three abundant species in both the villages. No doubt the population of ‘Maina’ is on top in the villages and the population of parrots is also more than the house sparrows. But still the number of sparrows was more than other birds.”

“The changing architecture of our houses is the major reason behind the declining number of sparrows. The natural nesting of house sparrows can be seen in the mud walls, wooden panel roofs and traditional cattle sheds. I did not see any nest in cemented roofs, walls or cattle shed made by cemented sheets,” said Kulveer.

He said even artificial nests had been installed in various locations of the villages.

Talking about the affects of mobile towers, Kulveer informed that his study was not about the affects of mobile tower but one of the villages have tower and other one was not. But the population of house sparrows was same as compared to other birds.

Dr Tejdeep Kaur Kaler, professor, Department of Zoology said, “The population of house sparrows can revive. Some of the areas have good number of sparrows where old and traditional architecture exist. The participation of public is also needed.”



Recent changes in income tax provisions discussed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 29
A seminar was organised by the Taxation Bar Association (TBA) on the topic “Tax Deduction at Source (TDS)” at Aayakar Bhawan here yesterday. BR Kaushal, a tax professional, was the speaker on the occasion. He elaborated recent changes in Income Tax provisions.

Speaking on the occasion, Kaushal said: “Any employer whether individual, Hindu Undivided Family (HUF), company, trust or any other entity is liable to deduct tax at source from salary paid to employees. Where the employee furnishes information claiming rebate on the amount of investment in PPF for the purpose of TDS from the salary, the employer has no authority to enquire about the sources of investment disbelieving the genuineness of such investment”.

TBA president Balbir Khanna said any person other than individual or HUF, individual or HUF liable for tax audit under the IT Section 44AB was liable to deduct tax during the financial year succeeding the financial year in which turnover exceeded the specified limit. 



Trade in Punjab to get boost: Minister
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 29
IETSS-EMAT 2013, a mega event, was inaugurated today by Madan Mohan Mittal, Minister of Industries, Punjab, at GLADA Ground, opposite Vardhman Mills. The event will continue till December 2.

Mittal visited more than 150 stalls and appreciated the contribution of exhibitors for the growth and development of the Punjab industry.

Trade in Punjab region was all set to get tremendous boost due to excellent opportunities highlighted in this unique event, which would usher a golden era to support, promote, facilitate and accelerate further growth and boost the export 
of industrial products, said Mittal.

He appreciated and congratulated the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking (CICU) for organising this event in Ludhiana.

“The process for providing common exhibition centre for the Ludhiana industry was also in progress. I will request Anil Joshi, Minister for Local Bodies, to solve the issue of industries in the Mixed Land Use area 
and fixation of single collector rate for industrial property in the Focal Point,” he said.

Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma, president, UCPMA, Jagbir Singh Sokhi, president, Sewing Machine Development Club, and others graced the inauguration ceremony.

Avtar Singh, general secretary, CICU, said: “This expo offers a lucrative opportunity to encash the presence of Indian/foreign business representatives from respective engineering companies and other manufacturing giants from different walks of engineering sectors to associate with them in terms of vendor development programme or buyer-seller meet”.

He presented a memorandum to the Minister by inviting his attention for providing the common exhibition centre for the Ludhiana industry.

Upkar Singh, joint secretary, CICU, said the exhibition had participation of over 150 exhibitors from Indian and foreign companies and attracting overwhelming response from visitors. The focus sectors of this show are machine tools, hand tools, sheet metal components, auto parts, tractor parts, bicycle parts, sewing machine parts, fasteners, agro engineering products, power tools, engineering measurement devices, pneumatics and hydraulics products, CNC machines, transformers and industrial electrical, light and heavy batteries, forgings, security and surveillance, solar energy products, food processing machinery, textile and knitting machinery and products for low cost auto machines. 



Professor Mohan Singh Yaadgari Mela
Office-bearers dispute coordinator’s claim
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 29
Deputing a person as a coordinator during the recently held Professor Mohan Singh Yaadgari Mela at Bathinda proved costly to the Professor Mohan Singh Memorial Foundation as the concerned person, Jasveer Singh Grewal, allegedly announced himself as the chairman of the foundation.

Today, office-bearers of the Professor Mohan Singh Memorial Foundation issued a press note that the claims of Jasveer Singh are not true and no one had named him as the chairman of the foundation.

The Professor Mohan Singh Memorial Foundation is a renowned cultural body, founded by noted personality Jagdev Singh Jassowal in 80s, to promote cultural activities in the state.

Jagdev Singh Jassowal is the chairman of the foundation. The foundation has been organising the cultural Mela in the memory of Professor Mohan Singh every year.

For the past two years, the foundation has been organising the Mela at Bathinda and Jasveer Singh Grewal has been playing a major role in it.

Pargat Singh Grewal, president of the Professor Mohan Singh Memorial Foundation, said: “We have deputed Jasveer Singh Grewal as the coordinator in the presence of Jagdev Singh Jassowal and all other office-bearers. Jasveer Singh got published some news item in newspapers posing himself as the chairman of the foundation. But, he is not even the member of the body”.

Jasveer Singh Grewal said: “I did not pose as the chairman of the foundation. The office-bearers of the foundation wanted to organise the Mela at Sangrur but the hosts denied the support. So, they requested me to organise the Mela at Bathinda. Jagdev Singh Jassowal presented me the turban. Presenting the turban is a symbol of nominating the successor”.

Meanwhile, Jagdev Singh Jasowal denied the claims of Jasveer Singh Grewal. He said: “We have presented the turban to Jasveer to organise the Mela at Bathinda. It was an award not the nomination of the successor”.



Notices to parking contractors
Top officials of major departments discuss Ferozepur road traffic problems
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 29
As the Punjab and Haryana High Court has taken serious note of the traffic problem on the Ferozepur road here and the next hearing in the case is scheduled for December 4, the top officials of major departments, including Municipal Corporation Commissioner Rahul Tiwari, Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal and Deputy Commissioner of Police Harsh Bansal, held a meeting with their officials here today.

Taking stringent action against the erring contractors, who were fleecing the general public by over-charging, show-cause notices have been issued by the Municipal Corporation with regards to 13 parking sites on the Ferozepur road. Isha Kalia, Additional Commissioner, said as the authorities were getting regular complaints against these contractors, warning has been issued to them. They can not fleece the public like this. Besides, we are going to depute one person from our side, who will keep a check whether vehicles are parked for two hours or more by the public. New tickets have been issued to the contractors," she said.

Rajat Aggarwal said the authorities were trying hard to adhere to the instructions of the High Court. He said the police had started towing away and challaning vehicles on the road. "We have constituted a three-member committee, one member each from the MC, police and the district administration, which looks after the day to day matters and problems of the public and gives the required feedback," said Aggarwal, adding that smooth traffic movement on the busiest Ferozpur road was the top priority of the officials.



property tax
Consider hospitals, nursing homes an industry, IMA urges govt
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 29
The Punjab IMA has requested the government to sympathetically consider doctors' demand that the nursing homes, hospitals and clinics should be considered as an industry and property tax should be charged as per the relevant clause.

Dr Manoj Sobti, president of the Punjab IMA, said: "We appreciate the govenment's decision to reduce property tax on collector rate to 75% for industry. Already property tax levied on industries is 1.5% compared to the commercial tax 3%. At the same time, the hospitals are paying full tax.

“The hospitals, nursing homes and clinics also fall in the industry category, according to the Supreme Court ruling of 1978. The word 'industry' has been defined in section 2(j) of the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947. This section has been interpreted by a seven-judge bench of the Supreme Court in a 1978 in a case commonly referred to as the Bangalore Water Supply case.

“As per that interpretation, hospitals should come in the ambit of the term industry. That judgment continues to be the law so far. The hospitals are also covered by the definition of the term industry as per the Industrial Disputes Act."

He said patients from foreign countries also came to Punjab to avail themselves of good medical facilities at lower prices. The Punjab government is earning high revenue in the form of VAT taxes from this industry.

If the property tax structure continues like this, the price of medical care will rise. Poor patients will not be able to get good medical facilities and patients coming from foreign countries will not come to Punjab because the other states are giving tax benefits to the hospital industry, he said.

The Punjab IMA has requested Cabinet Minister Anil Jshi to look into the matter and consider the hospitals as an industry and save the health industry from the burden of property tax.



Botox can help cure urinary incontinence: Expert
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 29
Here is a good news for people suffering from a debilitating urological disorder, urinary incontinence. The Drugs Controller General of India has approved the use of botox to help them manage their condition.

Dr Kim Mammen, Professor and Head of Urology at the CMCH, said: "Normally, the bladder stores urine at a low pressure. When the bladder is full, pressure in the urethra drops, the sphincter muscle at the bladder exit relaxes and the detrusor (bladder) muscle contracts to release urine. This process, and the series of muscle contractions and relaxations involved, is regulated by the nervous system.”

In a healthy individual, the brain sends messages to the bladder to turn urination on and off. However, in some instances this regulation goes awry, creating problems of loss of control over the bladder. Sometimes, this problem arises in accident victims who have suffered an injury in the spinal cord.

Urinary incontinence associated with a neurological condition of the bladder, such as multiple sclerosis (MS) or spinal cord injury (SCI), occurs when the spinal cord and bladder do not communicate effectively. For people living with multiple sclerosis, this occurs because they develop lesions on the spinal cord, while people with a spinal cord injury have irreversible nerve damage, resulting in the inability of the spinal cord and bladder to communicate effectively. As a result, the bladder muscle involuntarily contracts, increasing the pressure in the bladder and decreasing the volume of urine the bladder can hold, which causes the individual to leak urine frequently and unexpectedly.

Once injected into the bladder muscle, it works as purified protein that blocks overactive nerve impulses that trigger excessive muscle contractions. Although the effect is not permanent, it may last up to 10 months, depending upon the individual condition, providing ample relief to the person suffering from the debilitating ailment.

“We are delighted that the DGCI has approved the use of botox for urinary incontinence due to bladder dysfunction. This would be a great relief for patients who are in need of help to manage their condition better. This also gives doctors a viable option to help treat the symptoms of their patients. Loss of control over bladder can be a devastating ailment and can destroy one’s quality of life completely. We hope botox can bring some much needed relief in patients’ lives,” says, Dr Kim Mammen.

Botox has to be injected into the muscle of the urinary bladder through endoscopy.

Weak nervous system also to blame

For people living with multiple sclerosis, this occurs because they develop lesions on the spinal cord, while people with a spinal cord injury have irreversible nerve damage, resulting in the inability of the spinal cord and bladder to communicate effectively. As a result, the bladder muscle involuntarily contracts, increasing the pressure in the bladder and decreasing the volume of urine the bladder can hold, which causes the individual to leak urine frequently and unexpectedly.



Dengue mosquito still active, more cases reported
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 29
The month of November is about to end but confirmed cases of dengue continue to be reported in the city hospitals. Medical experts say temperature is still conducive to the breeding of aedes egypty mosquito, which is responsible for spreading dengue virus.

Dr Vijay Sharma, Deputy Director (Health) Malaria and State Programme Officer for the National Vector-Borne Disease Control Programme, said: "Although the winters have set in, temperature remains conducive during day time to Edes Egypty mosquito and it remains active during daytime too. One should take all the necessary precautions to protect oneself from mosquito bites."

Meanwhile, nine more patients were diagnosed with dengue in the city hospitals today. Of them three are from Ludhiana city and one from rural areas. Two patients are from Jalandhar and one each from Hoshiarpur, Sangrur and Kapurthala. One of the patients is from Rajasthan.

The hospitals in the city have received 1,000 patients of dengue from Ludhiana district, 468 from other districts and 141 from other states so far this year.

District Epidemiologist Anil Verma said: "These are the patients who were infected by mosquito bite about 10-12 days ago and got admitted to different hospitals about four or five days ago. Their serlogical test came out positive only today."

He said mosquito responsible for dengue will perish with a further fall in temperatures. 



‘Run-For-Reason’ marathon in city on December 1
Tribune News Service

Members of Ludhiana Round Table address a press conference in Ludhiana on Friday
Members of Ludhiana Round Table address a press conference in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet verma

Ludhiana, November 29
“Run-For-Reason” Ludhiana Marathon will be organised by the Round Table India (RTI) and IREO on December 1, here.

Addressing a press conference here today, RTI’s Ludhiana Chapter chairman Anand Gupta and RTI’s chairman Nalin Mahajan and marathon convener Amit Gupta said the event would generate awareness of education among underprivileged children. They said the funds raised through sponsorships would be used for building classrooms in government schools of the state catering to the poorest children. They said the marathon would be held from 9 am to 11 am and the venue would be 5.5-km track within the IREO Campus, South City. 



I-T Dept holds back big refunds
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 29
Those who are waiting for income tax refunds running into lakhs will have to shelve their expenditure plans for time being as they may have to wait a bit longer. To limit the government's fiscal deficit for the financial year at 4.8 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), despite rising subsidies, the Finance Ministry has decided to go slow on I-T refunds, besides slashing plan expenditure substantially.

According to sources in the department, "Small I-T refunds are being cleared but the big ones, running into lakhs, are being held back for now. That is because tax collections have remained subdued so far, making it difficult for the government to meet its direct tax collection target of Rs 6,68,108 crore for 2013-14".

More than 80 per cent of the refunds are being made but most of them are of small amounts, said 
an official.

The expenditure of ministries like rural development, health and family welfare and human resource development would be slashed heavily in the Revised Estimates for 2013-14. The communications and IT, home and power ministries will also see significant expenditure cuts.



gadvasu NOTES
College of Veterinary Science celebrates Silver Jubilee Alumni Meet

Alumni Association, College of Veterinary Science, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, which was established in 1987, celebrated its silver jubilee anniversary on Friday at Pal Auditorium, PAU. Dr HK Verma, editor of the Alumni association, revealed that the alumni meet was attended by the old students of the college, who are working as veterinary officers in the Animal Husbandry Department Punjab and rural veterinary officers under Zila Parishad of Rural Development Department. 

A total of 350 alumni attended the meet which started with the lighting of the lamp. The chief guest on the ocassion was the KK Baxi, former president of the alumni association. Dr Baxi said this was the time to repay to the society through excellent services. The importance of veterinarians has increased in the society and we have to fulfill the commitment. Dr HS Sandhu, Dean College of veterinary Science and president alumni association welcomed all the delegates in the meet. 

Dr HK Verma described the activities of the association and said the newsletter of association ‘Vet Alumnus’ had been converted in to a bi-annual general with indexing number. A number of awards were presented to the seniors. In the technical session Dr PS Brar talked about infertility management in livestock. Dr RS Grewal threw light on nutritional startegies for high yielding animals.

Pathologists win awards at national conference

Scientists of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana, participated in the 30th Annual Conference of Indian Association of Veterinary Pathologists, National symposium on ‘Advances and Application of Diagnostic Pathology for Disease Management in Livestock, Poultry, Pet, Fish, Laboratory Animal and Wildlife’ and CL Davis Satellite seminar on ‘Pathology of Diseases of Poultry, Avian Wildlife and Pet Birds’ which was held at the College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar. 

Pathologists from GADVASU won a rich haul of awards for the second consecutive year which included prestigious ‘Drs Nemi Chand Jain and Jawahar Lal Vegad Award for Outstanding Research in Veterinary Pathology’ to the team lead by Dr Naresh Kumar Sood, including Dr Kuldip Gupta, Dr Amarjit Singh and Dr M Raghunath, acknowledging their research achievements for their work on canine mammary neoplasia as a model for human breast cancer. 

Both the ‘Best Poster awards’ were also bagged by Dr Kuldip Gupta for the research paper, co-authored by Dr Naresh Kumar Sood, Dr Amarjit Singh and the organising secretary’s award to Dr Apminder Pal Singh Brar co-authored by Dr Naresh Kumar Sood, Dr Kuldip Gupta and Dr Bhupinder Singh Sandhu. In addition, the ‘Best Article on Pack Animals’ published in Indian Journal of Veterinary Pathology was won by Dr Bhupinder Singh Sandhu co-authored by Dr Naresh Kumar Sood, Dr Kuldip Gupta and Dr Amarjit Singh.

GADVASU scientist honoured

Dr Digvijay Singh, Professor and Head , Department of Veterinary Physiology and Biochemistry has been honoured with Dr DN Mullick memorial award for his scientific contribution and outstanding performance in the field of animal physiology at the XXII Annual Conference of Society of Animal Physiologists of India (SAPI) held at Uttar Pradesh Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Pashu Chikitsa Vigyan Vishwavidyalaya Evam Go Anusandhan Sansthan, Mathura (DUVASU), Mathura. The prestigious award was presented to him by Vice-Chancellor Dr UK Mishra, Chattisgarh Kamdhenu Vishawavidyalya, Durg. — TNS



Academic tour

Ludhiana: An academic tour of the graduate students of Human Rights Education and Values course of Arya College was conducted to the Modern Central Jail, Faridkot. The tour comprising a group of 29 students both boys and girls was lead by Prof PS Bhogal, Head of the PG Department of Political Science of the college. 

SKS Thyara, (PPS) Senior Superintendant of the jail, familiarised the students about the basics of the jail system and responded to the various questions fielded by the students. The students were taken to different barracks where they freely interacted with the prisoners and took their notes regarding the conditions and reform measures being provided to the prisoners. 

The students were shown the jail hospital, workshop, kitchens, de-addiction centre, isolation barracks, the temple, the church and the gurdwara of the jail. Later, in the afternoon, the jail inmates organised a variety programme in the honour of the visiting  students and teachers 
wherein they performed bhangra, songs, poems and kavishri.

Run for fun

Running not only stimulates the muscles but also helps in recuperating the shrinking energy levels due to our hectic schedules. Keeping this in mind, Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, encouraged their young and energetic NCC Cadets to put their best foot forward and jog on the vestige situated between the lush green lawns of the Nehru Rose Garden. The motive behind the activity was to provide cadets with an enjoyable and memorable eco-friendly moments and opportunity to celebrate NCC Week with their teachers. Cadets not only loved their company in the lap of nature but also learned the discipline of following the traffic rules while running on one of the busiest routes.

Students bring laurels

Samrala: Mandeep Kaur, a student of PGDFD of Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College for Women, Jhar Sahib, brought laurels to the college by the bagging second position in Panjab University, Chandigarh. She stood first in college by securing 89 per cent marks whereas Amandeep Kaur with 84 per cent marks and  Rajvir Kaur with 80 per cent marks got second and third position, respectively. Principal Dr Paramjeet Kaur Tiwana said Post Graduate Diploma in Fashion Designing was started in the college with a motive to meet the vocational needs of the rural girls so that they can become independent. These girls can start their own business after getting a degree in this course. She said in spite of being a rural institution, the college was achieving higher positions in educational and co-curricular activities. — TNS



Movie-making competition

A movie-making competition was held at Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, Jalandhar bypass, in which students of Classes IX and X participated. The topics of the event were ‘mathematics and nature’, ‘mathematics around the globe’, ‘life in Mars’, disaster management’, ‘planet at risk’, ‘planet to discover’ and ‘food security’. The students presented their self-made movies. They suggested solutions to solve many problems such as global warming, food management and so on.

Students felicitated

It is a matter of great pride for the students of Nankana Sahib Public School as Harpreet Singh Shivalik kept his promise and gave two cricket kits, one volleyball kit and a football kit to the budding sports students. He encouraged the students to be devoted towards sports while giving the message of leading a drug free student life. He asked them to exhaust their energy in sports rather than in destructive things.

Placement drive

The training and placement cell of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women organised a placement programme in collaboration with Max Placements on Friday. The resource persons, Vipin Mittal (managing director), Manpreet Kaur (HR head) and Karamjeet Kaur (software developer/trainer) acquainted the students with the placement procedure which was divided in two rounds i.e. group discussion and aptitude test. The placement drive was open to all the final year students of BA, BCom, BCA, BBA, MA, MCom, PGDCA and PGDMC. More than 165 students participated in the programme. The shortlisted candidates will become eligible for the HR round which will be conducted by various companies of IT sector, finance, pharmaceuticals, retail, banks and other corporate houses of Ludhiana district.

Salad-making activity

The Montessori wing of Ram Lal Bhasin Public School organised a salad-making activity on Friday. The motive of this activity was to aware the students about the importance of nutritional diet in their lives. Teachers motivated the students to have a healthy diet in their day-to-day life. The school president, Balraj Bhasin, appreciated the act of the teachers.

Community Helpers’ Day

ABC Montessori, Basant Avenue, celebrated Community Helpers’ Day on its campus with great zeal. Children came dressed up in costumes of different helpers and spoke lines about their character. From doctor to teacher, each community helper was present in the school in a special avatar. — TNS



Amla an indigenous fruit, say PAU scientists

Highlighting the nutritive and therapeutic value of amla, an Indian gooseberry, farm scientists of the Kirshi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Ropar, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), said amla was an indigenous fruit to the Indian subcontinent. They have observed that the cultivation of amla is common in Uttar Pradesh, but now it is picking up fast in the semi-arid tracts of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh, Aravali ranges in Haryana and Kandi area in Punjab. 

Dr Kirandeep Kaur, a KVK scientist, said amla was hardy in nature, suitable to various wastelands and had high productivity per unit area. It is a subtropical plant and prefers dry subtropical climate, she said. Stating that amla is one of the strongest rejuvenators among Indian medicinal plants, Dr Purva Jaggi said its fresh fruit contains more than 8 per cent of water, protein, minerals, carbohydrates and fibre. Besides, amla also contains ascorbic acid (vitamin C), gallic acid (polyphenol), tannin and pectin, said Dr Jaggi, adding that its active ingredient is “phyllemblin”. 

Referring to the health benefits of amla, the KVK scientist, Dr Sat Pal Saini said it strengthens heart muscles, lowers cholesterol level, increases red blood cell production, enhances food absorption, balances stomach acids, fortifies the liver and improves eyesight and memory power. In addition, amla enriches hair growth and pigmentation, and acts as a natural anti-aging ingredient. He further said due to its anti-bacterial and astringent attributes, it protects the body against infection and improves the immune response as well as provides anti-inflammatory benefits.

Training course on cultivation of rabi crops

A three-day training course on "Cultivation of Rabi Crops with Special Reference to Crop Diversification" was jointly conducted by the Directorate of Extension Education, PAU, and Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust for PAU Kheti Doots. As many as 34 trainees from Mansa, Sangrur and Bathinda districts participated in the course. In his concluding remarks, Dr MS Gill, Director of Extension Education, urged the trainees to adopt PAU developed farm technologies for higher profits and for raising their living standards. "We all should make concerted efforts to make agriculture a lucrative and productive venture," he said. Dr TS Riar, course coordinator, said the training course aimed at motivating the PAU Kheti Doots to serve the farming community with sincerity and equip them with latest farm innovations. During the course, the experts shed light on the cultivation of rabi crops with focus on cultivation of fruits, vegetables and flowers, he said.

Chrysanthemum show from December 4

Punjab Agricultural University is all set to hold two-day chrysanthemum show on the campus on December 4 and 5. The Department of Floriculture and Landscaping (DFL), and the Estate Organisation, PAU, will jointly organise the show at the Research Farm of the department (DFL). Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, will inaugurate the show on December 4 at 12 noon. The show will be dedicated to the renowned Punjabi poet, Bhai Vir Singh, who had ample love for chrysanthemums. Dr MS Dhaliwal, Head, Department of Floriculture and Landscaping, PAU, said about 3,000 pots with more than 200 varieties of chrysanthemum belonging to different categories will be displayed for the visitors. Besides, the show will provide an opportunity to the visitors to interact with the PAU experts and acquaint themselves with the chrysanthemum growing techniques, he said. — TNS



Ludhiana Scan

Painting exhibition

Dedicated to famous artist Sobha Singh, a two-day painting exhibition will be organised at Lions Bhawan, Punjabi Bagh, Kucha Malak Road, Jagraon, on November 30 and December 1. Artist Sobha Singh Memorial Arts Group, Jagraon, is holding this exhibition. This was disclosed by Beerinder Singh Gill, president, Lions Club, Jagraon.

Mishaps: Belgium govt offers help

In a significant move that comes as a silver lining for the road users of Punjab, the Belgium government has extended full cooperation to Punjab in reducing the number of deaths on roads. The vice-chairman of the Punjab Road Safety Council, Dr Kamaljeet Soi, recently met Princess Astrid of Belgium and Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs and Ambassador of King of Belgians at a diplomatic reception hosted by the Princess in New Delhi. Princess Astrid, a great philanthropist, assured Dr Soi of the support and cooperation of the Belgium government in reducing road fatalities in Punjab and invited Dr Soi to Belgium to work out an action plan for future.

Bank donates water purifier

On the occasion of Gurpurb, the State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur branch, Dandi Swami Chowk, indulged in a noble cause and donated a water purifier to the School for the Deaf Children, Hambran Road. Shashi Gambhir, manager, said it was their wonderful experience to celebrate the Gurpurb with special children of the God.

Launch of varsity announced

The Hero Group on Friday announced the launch of BML Munjal University (BMU) - a new initiative by the US $5 billion business conglomerate. A fully residential university, BMU is located at Sidhrawali village, Gurgaon district, on the NH 24 (50 km from the Delhi International Airport). Named after the Hero Group co-founder and chairman, Brij Mohan Lall Munjal, the university aspires to nurture the ethical leaders who are skilled, knowledgeable and have the life skills required for leading their organisations to success.

Death mourned

Members of the Punjabi Sahit Akademi expressed grief over the demise of noted writer and translator Daljit Singh. Gurbhajan Singh Gill, president of the akademi, said Daljit did a great work not only in writing but also in translating. He translated some of the world famous books in Punjabi and gave a chance to Punjabis to read them, said Gill.

Officers appointed

Two food safety officers, Ravinder Garg and Yugesh Kumar, have been appointed in the District Health Department. With this, Ludhiana district will have four food safety officers and one district health officer.


The main registration branch (HRC) and ammunition branch were awarded the best branches at the Mini-Secretariat here on Friday. The inspection was conducted by Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal, along with other senior officials. Both the branches have been awarded with a sum of Rs 11,000.

Meeting held

During a meeting of workers at Ward Number 25, Congress leaders Rakesh Pandey and Pawan Dewan said the SAD/BJP government had done nothing in the past seven years. They alleged that SAD leaders were indulged in unethical activities and reports were coming from almost every district, which was shameful. Apart from that, the common man was burdened under several taxes.

Effigy burnt

The Water Supply and Sanitation Employees Union, Punjab, held a protest rally at the Mini-Secretariat here on Friday. The agitating employees burnt the effigy of the Punjab Government. Addressing the employees, Sukhnandan Singh Mahainiyan, president of the state unit of the union, said the state government was in no mood to address the genuine demands of employees.

Memo submitted

Leaders of the Bahujan Samaj Party submitted a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal lodging a protest against the ruling Akali-BJP Government here on Friday. A number of BSP activists led by Parliament constituency in charge Ajit Singh Bhaini, Lal Partap Gautam and Shiv Chand Gogi said the law and order situation was worst in the state. — TNS



GNPS Athletics meet
Students display speed, stamina and strength
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 29
The students displayed their speed, stamina and strength in various track and field events on the second day of the Annual Athletics Meet of Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, here today. The presence of parents encouraged the budding athletes to exhibit their potential. The results of the second day events were as follows.

Boys (u-14) 800m race: Jappanjot Singh 1, Harbir Singh 2 and Jugadbir Singh 3; Girls (u-14) 600m race: Ameek Kaur 1, Gursimar Kaur 2 and Navneet Kaur 3.

Boys (u-14) 400m race: Taranpreet Singh 1, Ripudaman Singh 2 and Attar Singh 3; Girls (u-14) 400m race: Yashpreet Kaur 1, Diljot Kaur 2 and Armaandeep Kaur 3.

Boys (u-14) shot-put: Arshdeep Singh 1, Amritpal Singh 2 and Harsimran Singh 3; Girls (u-14) shot put: Jashanpreet Kaur 1, Harleen Sekhon 2 and Muskan Kaur 3.

Boys (u-14) 200m race: Amritpal Singh 1, Ramanjeet Singh 2 and Parmeet Singh 3; Girls (u-14) 200m race: Gurpreet Kaur 1, Nikita Ryait 2 and Mandeep Kaur 3.

Girls (u-14) 4x200m relay race: Navreet, Yashpreet, Charanjot, Harjot 1, Parteek, Avneet, Ramaninder, Harsimran 2 and Diljot, Harleen, Rasneet, Tarneet 3.

Boys (u-14) 4x400m relay race: Paras Chander, Sahib, Satwinder, Rishab Sood 1, Paramvir, Ishupal, Anuroop, Jogeshwar 2 and Taranpreet, Ajit, Jagatjeet, Karanveer 3.

UKG events: Girls 50m race: Mehramat Kaur 1, Sehajdeep Kaur 2 and Jasmreen Kaur 3; Boys 50m race: Manvir Singh 1, Ravtej Singh 2 and Parteek Singh 3; Girls' four-legged race: Sargun Kohli, Sakhsi Mehta 1, Sukirat Kaur, Chitrakshi Sharma 2 and Amandeep Kaur, Karminder Kaur 3.

Boys: four-legged race: Harshpreet Singh, Rajvir Singh 1, Abhiraj Singh, Ishveer Singh 2 and Swatej Singh, Arshbir Singh 3.

Girls: Obstacle race: Sehaj 1, Harpuneet Kaur 2 and Saanvi Dev 3; Boys' obstacle race: Fatehvir Singh 1, Hercharan Kamal Singh 2 and Prabhvir Singh 3.

Girls: Matka race: Tamanna Sokhal 1, Amanpreet Kaur 2 and Harmanpreet Kaur 3; Boys' twin-handkerchief race: TaranTaran Singh 1, Navdeep Singh 2 and Manraj Singh 3.



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