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Protesters refuse to relent, want MC officials arrested
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 13
Residents remained at the receiving end for the second consecutive day today as safai karamcharis and sewer-men blocked the Jagraon Bridge for around half-an-hour.

Long queues of vehicles were seen on Ferozepur Road, besides other adjoining roads.

Though the district administration had diverted the traffic to alternative routes, there was no end to commuter’s woes as Jagraon Bridge is one of the busiest intersections of the city.

The protesters, who had gathered under the aegis of Bharatiya Valmiki Sewa Dal, are demanding the arrest of MC officials booked by the police. They also demand a government job for the wife of Surinder Kumar, who asphyxiated while cleaning a sewer. The protesters said sewer-men should be given safety equipment so that precious lives could be saved.

Surinder Kumar (35) died while his colleagues Raj Kumar (25) and Vinay (24) fell unconscious when they were clearing a choked sewer in Abdullapur Basti area of the city on Saturday evening. Raj Kumar and Vinay are still undergoing treatment and their condition is still stated to be serious.

After this incident, a case under Section 304-A of the IPC was registered against MC’s junior engineer Surjit Singh and SDO Ranjit Singh.

The protesters said the officials should be arrested and a murder case be registered against them.

“It is because of the negligence of officials that Surinder Kumar died. These officials failed to provide safety equipment to workers, due to which many precious lives were lost. Surinder Kumar’s wife Veena Kumari should be given permanent job in the MC, as was done in a similar incident which took place in Jalandhar a few years ago,” said Surinder Kalyan, president of the Bharatiya Valmiki Sewa Dal.

Meanwhile, a delegation of MC engineers also met MC Commissioner Rahul Tiwari today and demanded that their colleagues should not be arrested. “If the MC fails to provide safety equipment, what can we do? It’s not our fault as even we are government employees and cannot provide safety equipment by buying it from our own pocket. Besides, some sewer-men also don’t wear the safety equipment provided to them,” said an MC engineer.

MC Commissioner Rahul Tiwari said negotiations between the MC as well as the protesters were on. “Their demand to provide permanent employment to Surinder’s wife has been forwarded to the state government. We hope to strike a compromise with the protesters,” said Tiwari. 


25 new buses yet to hit road 
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 13
The city bus service project seems to have hit a roadblock as despite being flagged off on November 15 last year, a fleet of 25 new buses is yet to hit the road.

Ever since the vehicles were purchased, Ludhiana City Bus Service Ltd (LCBSL) has failed to get them registered, leave aside getting the route permits.

After 25 new buses reached the city, the LCBSL was upbeat as it wanted to start two new routes — Pakhowal Road to bus stand and Gill village to bus stand. However, it has failed to get the buses registered as the apex court has stayed the registration of new buses in the state.

Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had flagged off 25 new buses under the city bus service project, which is funded by the Central Government’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) on November 15, 2013. These new buses include five low-floor AC buses procured from Tata, 10 non-AC low-floor buses from Ashok Leyland and 10 non-AC mini-buses from Isuzu.

At present, only 50 buses are running on different routes in the city. In the past few weeks, the LCBSL suffered huge losses after the drivers and conductors went on a strike against outsourcing.

“The problem has been solved and there is no shortage of staff now. The hearing of the case is scheduled for January 20 in the Supreme Court. The buses would be registered only when the court vacates the stay,” said Isha Kalia, CEO, LCBSL. 



MC passes the buck to improvement trust
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, January 13
Rampant violation of building bylaws and illegal change of land use in the city continues with impunity in the absence of regulatory measures and enforcement of norms by officials of the municipal corporation (MC) and the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT).

The incidence of illegal change of land use (CLU) is much more in such colonies that have been developed by the LIT and later transferred to the MC for maintenance in accordance with the provisions of Punjab Town Improvement Act.

In a complaint submitted with the Local Government department in February 2013, the Council of RTI Activists had alleged that land use in the HIG residential flats on Maharani Jhansi Road had been changed and commercial activity was being carried out in many flats in violation of the conditions of allotment.

Demanding a vigilance probe into the matter, the council had further charged the officials and field staff of both the LIT and the MC with complicity in the illegal change of land use as well as violation of building bylaws since many of the owners of residential flats had made massive extensions and alterations in the residential flats to convert these into show rooms, eateries and shops.

Rohit Sabharwal, president of the council, said in the complaint that due to conversion of residential flats into commercial establishments, the traffic congestion in the area had assumed alarming proportions giving rise to extended traffic jams and road accidents.

Information provided to the complainant by the MC under the Right to Information Act revealed that the assistant town planner (ATP) of zone D had written to the LIT authorities in October 2013 that the owners of flats carrying out commercial activity in residential units had been asked to provide documents, if any, for the change of land use from residential to commercial.

“Since no documentary proof of CLU has been produced by the defaulting owners of residential flats, all such allotments ought to be cancelled as per terms and conditions of allotment and provisions of Punjab Town Improvement Act,” the ATP noted in his memo to the Trust authorities.

Without being specific, officials of the LIT said notices have been issued to defaulting owners of all properties to seek change of land use, if permissible, under the rules and terms and conditions of allotment. “Action as per law, including cancellation of allotment, would be taken against defaulters if they fail to seek change of land use or abide by terms and conditions of allotment,” they added. 



Physicians from across country to converge on city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 13
The 69th Annual Conference of the Association of Physicians of India will be held in Ludhiana from February 20 to 23.

The conference will be inaugurated formally on February 20 by Punjab Chief MInister Parkash Singh Badal at the Palace Conference Complex here.

Dr GS Wander, organising secretary of the conference, said: "This is the largest conference of physicians in the country. It is being held in the state after 50 years. There will be six parallel sessions in six specially created halls at the complex, which has been created by the organising committee by including all adjoining palaces on the Ferozepur road. There will be around 300 guest lectures, orations, keynote addresses, clinical discussions."

The theme of the conference is "generating Indian evidence - since we feel that the pattern of disease among Indians should be evaluated and analysed". Around 700 original research papers will be presented during the programme. A large number of PG students are participating. The organising committee is encouraging the participation of postgraduate students. Two books, Medicine Update and Postgraduate Medicine, and many Monographs will be released and distributed among delegates to update their knowledge. The basic idea of the conference is to update the knowledge of physicians.

The distinguished foreign faculty include Dr Inder S Anand (Minnesota), Dr Navin C Nanda (Alabama), Dr Satish Garg, Dr Amit K Ghosh (Mayo Clinics), Dr Kartik Ghosh (Mayo Clinic), Dr Brinder Vij (Cleveland Clinic), Dr Rohit Gulati, Dr Mangla Gulati (Maryland) and Dr Sanjay R Jain (Atlanta) from the USA.

It will also have Dr Parkash P Punjabi (Hammersmith), Dr Sangeeta Punjabi (Hammersmith) and Dr Onkar Sahota from the UK. Dr Kunwarjit Sangla, Dr Pankaj Arora from Australia and Dr Salvatore Cassese from Germany. Besides these, the conference will witness a faculties from across the country.

There will be eight pre-conference workshops on February 19. These will impart hands-on training to smaller groups of doctors on topics like ECG, Echo, Endoscopy, EEG, Pain management, BCLS/ ACLS, ICU care and Scientific paper writing. These will be held at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital and Hero DMC Heart Institute.

Chief patrons of the organising committee include former Directors of PGIMER, Chandigarh, Prof BK Sharma, Prof KK Talwar and the director, Prof YK Chawla.

Industrialists Sunil Kant Munjal and Prem Kumar Gupta and Prof. L S Chawla, former VC, Baba Farid University, are the patrons of the organising committee.

Prem Kumar Gupta on behalf of the organizing committee said: "We are making best efforts to give a comfortable stay to the delegates from across the country.

Special features

Some special features of the meeting include environmental medicine, toxicology, genetics, clinical immunology, nutrition and dietetics and common infectious diseases. There will be emphasis on prevention and treatment of these diseases. Many sessions will be devoted on discussing common noncommunicable diseases like diabetes, hypertension, stroke, cancer and heart attack. Medical quiz, debates and discussions will be held. The local organising committee consists of 50 physicians of this region. The conference is being organised under the aegis of the Ludhiana chapter of the Association of Physicians of India.



Sickness in MSME sector rises sharply
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 13
The Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector, though contributing hugely to the economy, is squeezed due to technology advancements.

Unfortunately this vulnerable sector has limited access to bank credit.

Due to squeezed credit at higher rates, the sickness in the MSME sector is rising sharply. The number of sick MSMEs in March 2013 increased to 2,48,890 from 88,635 in March 2012. This was revealed in the Lok Sabha.

“Apart from high rates, banks are also charging processing fees for everything they does. Fortunately, only entry into the bank is free," said PD Sharma, president of Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Banks usually ensure adequate collateral security against their lending to MSMEs. It is, therefore, quite illogical to include risk weightage in the rate charged from this sector.

Sharma said by having satisfactory collateral back up, MSME units do not pose any risk to banks.

“Banks should evolve a mechanism to detect sickness in the MSME sector at the earliest stage and try to rehabilitate ailing units,” Sharma said.

There is a cap of 40 lending in the priority sector. Earlier, the priority sector included mainly small industrial units, agriculture and lending to poor sections of society. Now, it includes additionally home loan, vehicles loan, medium sector of Industry and other miscellaneous lending. However, the government ensures that agriculture gets at least 80 per cent of the share in this 40 per cent category. This means bulk of the smaller units remain outside bank lending.

“The government should ensure that at least the MSME sector gets 20 per cent share in this priority sector. This is all the more important that export credit is also likely to be including in this priority sector," said Ashok Jain, another small scale industrialist.



Traders oppose raids on small units
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 13
A joint meeting of the United Cycle Parts and Manufacturers Association (UCPMA), Ludhiana Effluent Treatment Society (LETS) and Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking (CICU) was held today regarding the unwanted raids by the Punjab Pollution Control Board at small scale units that are already reeling under economic recession.

Recently raids were conducted by the PPCB on a few units in the city after which power connections of over 24 units were disconnected while a same number of units were sealed.

"This industry exists from the past 50-60 years. Due to Chinese competition these units are on the verge of closure and raids by the department further add to their woes," said Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma, president of the UCPMA.

Members of the three associations resented the raids on the units.

"If there is any discrepancy found at the time of the inspection by Punjab Pollution Control Board officials, they should have given time to the units to remove these discrepancies instead of disconnecting their connections, which caused hindrance in the working of these," added an office-bearer of the CICU.

The board has already given the last date for getting NOC/consent till January 31, 2014, and any type of action like disconnecting electric connection is purely unjustified and unwanted, the members added.



Celebration time for underprivileged
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 13
Ann Jal Sewa Trust, an NGO, celebrated Lohri with residents of "night shelter" here today.

Shiv Ram Saroy, founder of the NGO, said they distributed eatables to residents of the night shelters being run by the Municpal Corporation, Luhdiana.

The NGO celebrated Lohri of girl child yesterday at Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana.

Shiv Ram Saroy, founder of the NGO, said as many as 21 baby girls delivered at the local Civil Hospital were honoured, along with their mothers. They were given woolens and eatables.

Rashpal Singh, Chief Engineer, PSPCL, Senior Medical Officer Rajkrishan Karkara, and Deputy Medical Commissioner were among those others present.

While the Ludhiana branch of the Asian Club International celebrated Lohri with the special children of Ekjot School at Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar. About 70 children were given gifts, along with eatables, under the leadership of Sukhminder Singh. Satwant Kaur, the school Principal, thanked the club for sparing time for the special children of the school.



Lohri celebrated with fervour in city
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 13
While celebrating the Lohri festival at their own homes is considered a good omen among people around the country, residents of Patti Karam Parkash at the historic Kilarapur village have perpetuated the tradition of celebrating the occasion jointly at the Kila.

Once under governance of the erstwhile Nabha state, the occasion used to be patronised by representatives of the then rulers of the state, say senior citizens of the area.

Though none of the residents could provide a concrete information regarding the genesis of the tradition, residents said they had been witnessing unique celebrations since decades. Almost all residents of the Patti Karam Parkash participated in the celebrations. Office-bearers of various social and religious organisations from four other Pattis are invited as guests. Those families who are blessed with a male child made bigger contributions to the celebrations. They bring huge lumps of Gur (called bheli in local dialect), which is distributed as prasad among all.

Another unique feature of the celebrations is that celebrations start with ardas by Sikh priests.

Lohri for girl child celebrated

Khanna: Adhar The Foundation, a social organisation, here, celebrated Lohri of about 300 newborn girls at Government Girls' School in which former MLA Ranjit Singh Talwandi, BJP district president Bikramjit Singh Cheema and district Youth Akali Dal president Yadvinder Singh Yadu were the chief guests.

Talwandi, in his address, appealed to the people to save the girl child.

The girl children were given woollen clothes and toys on the occasion. Famous Singer duo Kulwant Billa and Kulwant Kaur presented cultural songs which was enjoyed by the audience.

A stage presentation prepared by Gurmeet Bawa "Main Dharti Punjab Di" was liked by all. Harbhajan Jalowal, a folk singer, presented his famous song 'Dheean Shaan Punjab Di' which was appreciated by the gathering.

Students of Government Girls' School performed giddha. President of the foundation Mahinder Arora thanked all for their participation.



18th National Youth Festival
A bouquet of cultural varieties
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 13
It was a display of rich ethnic and cultural diversity on the first day of competitions during the 28th National Youth Festival being organised at Punjab Agricultural University today.

The festival started off with spectacular performances by youths from different parts of the country. Folk dancers from Jharkhand, Tripura, Bihar, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland, Kerala, Dadar and Nagar Haveli and Haryana put up a spectacular show at the open-air theatre of the PAU.

A total of 30 teams took part in the folk song competition that was organised at Pal Auditorium.

Wheat Hall reverberated with soulful renditions of flute and mridangam. One-act plays were performed by different teams at Guru Nanak Bhawan.

Fun-filled adventure activities

Visitors had a gala time at the adventure camp organised during the 8th National Youth Festival being organised at the PAU. The activities include paragliding, hot air balloon, rappelling, Burma bridge, monkey crawling, spider web, Tarzan swing and artificial rock-wall climbing.

"I enjoyed parasailing and it was a great experience,” said Gaurav, a student.

"Burma bridge looks difficult, but it is fun to cross it. Maintaining balance is the key," said another student. 



Fun and frolic mark Lohri

Ludhiana: Lohri was celebrated at ABC Montessori School on Monday. Students came dressed in traditional attire. Children danced around the bonfire to the tune of Lohri songs. Rewri, gachak and popcorns were distributed among children.

BCM Kindergarten

Lohri was celebrated at BCM Kindergarten on Monday. Students were absorbed in the festive sprit. Deachers distributed rewri, gachak and groundnuts among children. Girls also performed gidda. Principal Vandana Shahi said: "Lohri brings with it the fun and frolic." The festival was also celebrated at DRV DAV Centenary Public School, Phillaur, with pomp and show. Bonfire was lit and students and teachers recited traditional songs. Students of the pre-primary wing came in the traditional attire. — TNS



They weave magic with artistic hands
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 13
Articles made with intricate workmanship and handicrafts were put on display at 'Yuva Kriti' — the handicrafts exhibition at the 18th National Youth Festival.

Madhubani paintings from Bihar were the crowd-puller. It is a style of painting practiced in the Mithila region of Bihar. The painting is done with fingers, twigs, brushes, nib-pens and matchsticks, using natural dyes and pigments, and is characterised by eye-catching geometrical patterns. There are paintings for each occasion and festival. These depict the culture and the religious influence as theme of the paintings is conspicuous. The paintings of Lord Krishna and that of the varmala during the marriage of Lord Rama are depicted apart from other paintings. The way the eyes are depicted in the paintings is characteristic of this style of painting, said Renu Chaudhary from Bihar.

Bamboo products, including lamps, baskets, boxes and handbags of various kinds were on display from West Bengal. The work involved intricate weaving of bamboo. Decorative wooden products were also on display. Brass decorative pieces from MP, including idols of gods, bells, conch-shell replicas etc were on display. Wooden products including bowls, lamps from J and K were on display and so were the decorative pieces of the wooden carvings from Tamil Nadu. Teakwood products from Kerala also attracted visitors. A ring of coconut shell and intricate and finely weaved bamboo, miniature mats showcased the craftsmanship. A doll performing a classical dance from Andhra Pradesh was a hit at the event. Kohlapuri chappals showcased the changing designs of the genuine leather footwear. 



Tricking taste buds
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 13
It was a time to relish traditional cuisines from different states at the 18th National Youth Festival.

Kahwa from Kashmir, Siddu from Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthani kachoris and fish pakoras from West Bengal trickled the taste buds of visitors. Namkeens of various kinds were there for everyone to relish at the stall put up by participants from Madhya Pradesh. Dry fruits and kesar from Kashmir were also in demand, besides dried jackfruit and banana chips.

Shahi kebabs chicken Biryani as part of the Lucknowi cuisine were on offer at a stall put up by participants from Uttar Pradesh. Visitors also relished besar fish and gaja from Odisha.

Siddu, 'dal soup' and malpua were an instant hit among foodies at the youth fest. Visitors also relished chettinad chicken from Tamil Nadu.

"It was a great time for food lovers to enjoy a food items from almost all parts of the country,” said Deepak Diwan, a city resident. 



Fever, cold cases up in city
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 13
Some cases of viral fever due to the cold weather conditions are being reported in city hospitals. Patients with cough, cold and fever have started pouring in. Sandeep Puri, MS at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital said: "We daily receive three-four patients suffering from such ailments."

Senior Consultant, department of medicine, SPS Appolo Hospital, Ludhiana, Aanurit Gill, said: "Patients complain of soar throat due to cold weather along with fever. There is a need to take extra care in such a weather."

She said many people stop exercising in winters.

Dr Gill said: "Eat healthy and do regular exercise to keep fit. Only elderly people are advised to go for a walk around 11am when the weather is not so cold." Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, is also receiving patients with cold and fever on a regular basis.



Contest marks 'Dietetics Day' celebrations
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 13
The Department of Food and Nutrition, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), celebrated 'Dietetics Day' with the theme 'A healthy foundation for a healthy tomorrow'.

An inter-school competition of low-cost nutritious recipes was organised in the department wherein 25 students from various government schools of the city participated and prepared delicious and nutritious recipes.

Dr Jasvinder Kaur Sangha, Dean, College of Home Science, gave away the prizes and certificates to winners and participants. She made them aware of various academic programmes of the college.

Dr Balwinder Sadana, senior nutritionist-cum-head and president of the Indian Dietetic Association, Ludhiana chapter, said this day was observed as the foundation day of the association across the country.

She encouraged the students to eat healthy food, including plenty of fruits and vegetables, and restrict the intake of junk foods and advised them to avoid overeating and exercise regularly to prevent overweight and obesity.

Manu of Government Senior. School, Gobind Nagar, bagged the first prize in the cooking competition, While Prince of Government High School, Haibowal, got the second prize.

Tamana of Khalsa Girls Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines, and Vidhu Atwal of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Cemetary Road, received the third prize and Anu of Jawahar Lal Nehru Government Senior Secondary School got the consolation prize.



Send teachers’ lists, DEOs told
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 13
The DPI, Schools, Punjab, has asked the District Education Officers (DEOs) to send the lists of the 7,654 teachers who had to be regularised. The official letter has been put on the official website - ssapunjab.org.

The general secretary of 7,654 Sanjha Front Teachers’ Union, Punjab, Baljit Singh, said though waking up from the deep slumber, the state government finally decided to regularise the teachers. But in March, the Election Code of Conduct would be implemented.

“The government needs to regularise us at the earliest as the Election Code of Conduct could be implemented in the state anytime, and we fear that we may not be left in the lurch again,” said the general secretary.

These 7,654 teachers were recruited on a contractual basis in 2009 with an assurance by the government that they will be regularised by January 1, 2010.

“For the past five years, our fate is hanging in balance. The government has done wrong with us but we hope that we are regularised at the earliest,” said the general secretary.

To pursue this demand, the teachers had also climbed atop water tanks and only after getting assurance from by the government, they decided to cooperate.

The teachers, however, said out of the total 7,654 posts, about 5,000 were filled and rest were lying vacant but the government had faile to fill the remaining posts yet.



Unrest among teachers continues over demands
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 13
The Education Department may be claiming to uplift the education in Punjab, but if the teachers’ demands are of any indication then there is a lot of unrest among teachers' organisations in the state.

All these unions/organisations are threatening to adopt an “agitational” approach if the government fails to meet the demands.

Teachers of aided-schools are again up in the arms against the government for not releasing their salaries of the past three months. GS Chahal, president, Aided Schools' Union, Punjab, said from October onwards, about 4,200 teachers in aided schools had not been given the salaries.

"After struggling for seven months, we were able to get the salaries last time and now, again, the salary Budget has not been released by the government. We have requested the government either to assure us regular monthly salaries or take over the aided schools fully. But the government is in no mood to listen to our demands”, said Chahal. The Elementary Teachers' Training (ETT) staff here said the government had “betrayed” them by not taking over them under the department.

“We are being asked to work under zila parishads but we should be adopted by the Education Department itself”, said the ETT teachers here. “Everytime when we met the CM or the Education Minister, we were given an assurance that the posts lying vacant in government schools will be filled at the earliest. It has been long, but no recruitment has been made so far ”, said Deep Raja, president TET Unemployed Teachers' Union, here. 



Contest to promote Sikhism
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 13
To promote the values of Sikhism and its identity, a modelling contest is being organised by the Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle and the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee. Titled ‘Mr Singh and Kaur 2014’, it is being organised for the first time.

Ajinder Pal Singh, deputy general secretary of the circle, said it was aimed at making the new generation aware about of the Sikh identity and to follow the values of Sikhism and its tenets in their lives.

The auditions for the contest are being held since December 22 and has been organised at Amritsar, Abohar, Yamuna Nagar, Ludhiana and Karnal so far and would further be held at Muktsar, Patiala, New Delhi and Chandigarh till January 15. As many as 70 contestants would participate in the quarterfinals and 30 participants would take part in the finals that will be held in New Delhi in March.



Business news

Salary disbursed through APB

Ludhiana-based Trident Group has attained the distinction of being the first corporate in the country to disburse salary of its employees leveraging the Aadhaar Payment Bridge (APB).

The soft launch of the project was done today in New Delhi by Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, and Nandan Nilekani, Chairman, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).

Rajinder Gupta, chairman, Trident Group, was also present. Salary of employees of the Trident Group has been transferred to their Aadhaar-linked bank accounts leveraging APB. Ahluwalia expressed optimism that this initiative by Trident would become a role model for other corporate players. — TNS



Ludhiana scan

Dhian Di Lohri’

Joe Daniel, Member of Parliament (Don Valley East), Canada, and NRI Priti Lamba participated in the `Dhian Di Lohri’, organised by the Malwa Sabhyacharak Manch here.

They were given a warm welcome during their arrival at the Punjabi Bhawan by Krishan Kumar Bawa, chairman of the manch, president Pawan Dewan and convener Ravinder Rangoowal. The festival was celebrated in a traditional manner. Speaking on the occasion, Joe Daniel said Punjabis had played a major role in development of Canada. In his address, NRI Priti Lamba said she had failed to forget Punjab even after staying in Canada.

Lohri celebrated

A function was organised to celebrate Lohri. It was dedicated to the cause of girl child by the IMA, Ludhiana. Dr RK Sharma, president, IMA, Ludhiana, said in his speech that the IMA was always in favour of the girl child. Dr Deepak Parasher, honorary secretary, IMA, Ludhiana, said the IMA was promoting activities for encouraging more participation of its female doctors in all activities this year. The IMA had kept female doctors in all executive committees. Dr Narjit Kaur said: “We will be celebrating all days pertaining to women this year.” Dr Manoj Sobti, president, IMA, Punjab, in his speech stressed on the point that the IMA, Punjab, would take up issues like property tax, excise duty and subsidy on diagnostic/operative machineries with the Chief Minister soon. Dr Arun Mitra said: “We all should unite to fight for crime against women. KP Singh, senior surgeon, Ludhiana, congratulated the new team. Dr BS Shah thanked the doctors. A bonfire was lit outside the new IMA auditorium.

Fountain chowk renamed

With the efforts of the Jain Mahasabha Uttari Bharat, Fountain Chowk has been renamed as Jain Aacharya Vijay Vallabh Chowk by Jain Aacharya Vijay Nityanand Surishwar and Jain Acharya Vijay Basant Surishwar here on Monday. Chairman, Punjab Planning Board, Prof Rajinder Bhandari and district president of the BJP were among those others present.

SAD claims victory in 2014 poll

SAD leader Inderpal Singh Marwaha while addressing social and religious organisations on Monday at Sherpur said he was positive of SAD’s win in the forthcoming elections. “By implementing the manifesto of the party, the SAD has made its win sure in the coming elections and we are confident that it will come to the power,” he added.

Protest rally on Jan 27

Various organisations from the city will be observing fast on January 27 to press upon the government for declaring martyr Kartar Singh Sarabha as a national martyr. A meeting was held here in this regard which was addressed by Sukhdev Kaur. She is a kin of the martyr. “Till date the government has not included Kartar Singh Sarabha in the list of national martyrs. We will observing the fast beneath the statue of Sarabha at Bhai Bala Chowk and a protest rally will also be taken out in this regard,” Sukhdev Kaur said. — TNS



Youth hacked to death 
Sister battles for life at hospital, was to get married on January 21 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 13
A 23-year-old youth was hacked to death while his 21-year-old sister was battling for life in a suspected robbery incident that took place at their house in South City last night.

The victim was identified as Rahul Verma, son of hosiery trader Mahesh Verma.

The condition of Rahul’s sister, Priya Verma, whose marriage was scheduled for January 21, is stated to be critical. Priya suffered wounds all over her body. Her head was smashed against a wall and her jaw was also broken. It is suspected that assailants dragged her by her hair.

Commissioner of Police Nirmal Singh Dhillon, who reached the spot, said: “The assailants have ransacked the house to befool the police. The girl’s jewellery was also not taken away by the assailants.” He said the police have got some vital clues and the case would be cracked soon.

The incident took place last night between 9am and 9.30pm. Mahesh, his son Kunal, younger brother of Rahul, and wife Sunita, were away to Jalandhar for distributing invitation cards for Priya's wedding.

When they returned this morning, they were surprised to find the main door open. Kunal rushed inside the house and raised the alarm.

Blood was splattered all over the house. Rahul was lying in the kitchen while Priya was found in a pool of blood in a bathroom.

Both were battling for life. Both were rushed to a hospital where Rahul died. Hospital sources said Rahul died due to excessive blood loss. The police have recovered the dagger used in the crime.

During investigations, it came to light that Rahul was with his friend Vikram, a resident of Daresi, till 7:30pm. After that, Rahul, Priya and her fiancée went out for dinner. They reached home at 9 pm.

“There are no clues that the assailants entered the house forcibly," said the investigating officer.

Sources said when Rahul was being rushed to the hospital, he was murmuring “Happy don't kill me.”

Heartrending scenes were witnessed at the house of Mahesh Verma in South City. Rahul's mother Sunita and brother Kunal were inconsolable. Shock and dismay were writ large on the faces of Mahesh's relatives. 



Man strangles wife to death, ends life
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, January 13
A youth reportedly strangled his wife to death before committing suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan late last night in the Mori Gate area of Jagraon.

The deceased were identified as 30-year-old Baldev Singh and his wife 27-year-old Rajni, who was the mother of a one-and-a-half year-old child.

The incident came to light this morning when a vendor arrived to deliver milk at the house. He knocked at the door but nobody replied. Neighbours gathered outside the Baldev’s house and informed the police.

Police personnel entered the house from the roof of the adjoining house. They found Baldev hanging from the ceiling fan while her wife was lying dead on the floor. The bodies were sent to a hospital for post-mortem. Rajni hailed from Zira and was married to Baldev in 2009. The prolonged martial dispute was stated to be the reason behind the incident. The police spotted marks around Rajni’s neck and recovered a telephone wire with which Baldev might have strangled her before committing suicide. The police have registered a case under Section 302 of IPC against Baldev Singh for allegedly killing his wife on the statement of Rajni's maternal uncle Jagdish Singh, also a resident of Jagraon, said the police. 



Gunshots fired at BJYM secy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 13
Secretary of the district unit of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) Happy Mittal had a narrow escape after his neighbour's the son allegedly fired a shot at him following a heated argument at the Durga Puri area in Haibowal.

The incident took place around 9 pm when Happy along with his supporters was celebrating Lohri outside his house.

According to information, Kuljinder Randhawa objected to it and told Happy to celebrate the festival inside his house and not to block the road.

This led to a heated argument between Harsh and Tinku. Sources said Harsh's supporters and friends also joined him and this led a scuffle. In a fit of rage, Kuljinder allegedly brought a pistol from his house and fired four shots. Tinku claimed that he fired shotS into the air, while Harsh said HE had fired at him.

Member of the state working committee of the BJYM Mohit Sood said has condemned the incident.



Sunrise Cricket Academy lift trophy
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 13
Fine batting display by Raghav Sharma (40) and an equally useful contribution with the ball by Ankit Kumar (3 for 29) enabled the Sunrise Cricket Academy to overpower the Ace Cricket Academy by 40 runs and lift the winners' trophy in the Friendship Cricket Cup Tournament (U-16) played at the IREO Water Front ground, South City, here, today.

In this twenty-20 cricket tourney, both sides wrapped up three matches each to set up the title clash. Eight teams competed in this tournament, which was played on a knock-out basis.

In the final, Sunrise Cricket Academy won the toss and opted to bat first. In the stipulated overs, they scored 133 runs for the loss of eight wickets in which Raghav Sharma made 40 runs off 32 balls. Abhijit scored 18 while Ankit Kumar contributed 12 runs.

For the Ace Cricket Academy, Tejinder and Akarash chipped in with two wickets each after conceding 18 and 30 runs, respectively, in their quota of four overs each.

In reply, the Ace Cricket Academy's innings folded at 93 with seven deliveries to spare.The main scorers were Saksham and Arshjot, who made 38 and 20 runs, respectively, but that was not enough to overhaul the rivals' total.

For the winning side, Ankit claimed three wickets for 29 runs while Abhikit captured two wickets for 25 runs and Raghav Sharma grabbed one wicket for 20 runs to restrict their opponents to 93 runs.

Raghav was declared the man of the match while Ankit adjudged the best all-rounder.

Seema Sharma, Coordinator, IREO Water Front, distributed the prizes amon tthe winners. Jasmeet Singh, Rinku and coach Anil Kumar were among others present at the presentation.



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