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Son’s killer robs man of peace
Threatens him to withdraw writ petition filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
Amrik Singh, father of Avtar Singh Gola, who was shot by Gurmeet Singh Pinki in 2001, has accused Pinki of threatening him to withdraw the writ petition filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
The terrorist-turned-police informer, Pinki, had courted controversy after he was released prematurely by the state government on June 24. The state government is currently reviewing the case.

Amrik Singh said the incident took place this evening when he was heading towards Cemetery Road in Civil Lines.

Amrik Singh said when he reached near the Police Lines, Pinki, along with his gunmen, intercepted him and told him to withdraw the writ petition filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

“He further went on to threaten me by claiming that if I would not follow his orders, he would shoot me the way he shot my son,” maintained Amrik Singh.

Later during the day, Amrik Singh lodged a formal complaint with the Division No. 8 police.

Gurdev Singh, SHO, Division No 8 police station, said Amrik Singh had lodged a complaint. He maintained that the police would probe the matter and take appropriate action.

Despite repeated attempts, Gurmeet Singh Pinki was not available for comments.

The incident

On January 7, 2001, Avtar Singh Gola (21), along with his two friends, was going towards Ram Sharnam after purchasing flowers. As the street in Maya Nagar was dug up, he decided to take an alternative route. The road was blocked by Gurmeet Singh Pinki and his friends as they were consuming liquor in the open. When Gola asked them to clear the road, Pinki started thrashing Gola. In the meantime, Gola’s father Amrik Singh also reached the spot and literally begged for the life of his son. But, Pinki showed no mercy and killed Gola by shooting him at point-blank range.


I-T Dept unearths unaccounted income
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
The Income Tax Department has unearthed unaccounted money running into crores. Recently, a survey was conducted by the department at an oil firm in Kesar Ganj Mandi.

It was learnt that owners of the company deposited cash in various banks. They have 30-40 bank accounts showing transactions to the tune of Rs 130 crore. The owners deposited Rs 100 crore in one go, said official sources.

Apart from surveying their office, the officials also searched their office-cum-residence at Chandigarh Road.

The survey was conducted under the supervision of Additional Commissioner of Income Tax BK Singh. As per the latest amendment made to the Act, a tax evader is not supposed to surrender money at the spot. The department will first verify documents and then the money will be deposited. Sources said the department was preparing a list of transaction details and was hopeful of unearthing more money.

About Section 133

Differentiating between a raid and a survey, General Secretary of the Tax Bar Association Jatinder Khurana said as per Section 133 (A) of the I-T Act, a survey can be conducted only at business establishments. If an assessee has kept audit books or important papers at residential premises, the survey proceedings can be extended to such a place. A survey cannot be conducted before and after sunrise. As per Section 132 of the Income Tax Act, a raid can be conducted both at business and residential premises and can be carry forwarded to the next day as well.



Rake-off may cut docs off their practice 
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
Any doctor caught taking commission from diagnostic centres will be on the radar of the Punjab Medical Council (PMC).
The PMC is keeping an eagle’s eye on city doctors. Recently, notices were issued to 20 doctors, who were found taking cuts from the diagnostic centres.

It is an open secret that the doctors send patients to particular diagnostic centres and in turn charge commission.

Dr GS Grewal, president of the PMC, said they had served notices on 20 doctors. “Eighteen of them have tendered an apology and promised to mend their ways while action against two will be taken by the ethics committee,” Grewal said.

“The PMC wants to ensure quality medicalcare for all and the doctors registered with the PMC have been asked not to indulge in wrong practices of giving unauthorised/ unethical advertisement in the media. If required they should give advertisements only as per the code of medical ethics,” said Dr Grewal.

“Seeking cuts for referring patients to the diagnostic centres is also a violation of the code of medical ethics. Any doctor found in indulging the same will not be spared,” added Dr Grewal.

Code of ethics

  • A physician shall clearly display his fee and other charges on the board of his chamber or hospitals he is visiting.
  • A physician shall write his name and designation in full, along with registration particulars, in his prescription letter head.
  • In government hospitals, where patient rush is heavy, the name of the prescribing doctor must be written below his/her signature.



Woman ends life
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
A 22-year-old woman committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her residence on Barewal Road this morning. The deceased, identified as Anjali, hailed from Uttar Pradesh.

Anjali was staying with her husband and mother-in-law. Sources said Anjali’s parents married her off at an early age and that she was not happy. Her husband told the police that he and his mother were not at home when Anjali took the extreme step. In the afternoon, his mother found Anjali hanging from the fan. Investigating officer Swaran Singh said they had informed the woman’s parents about the incident.

Surinder Kumar, SHO, PAU police station, said the body was sent to the Civil Hospital for postmortem.

Man killed in mishap

A 40-year-old man died after being hit by a vehicle at Sunder Nagar, GT Road, last night. The deceased was identified as Ayub Khan of the Madhopuri area. The police said Ayub was employed with a factory at GT Road. He was on his way home when the vehicle hit him.

Eyewitnesses said Ayub died on the spot. The body was handed over to the family after the autopsy.

In the past one week, four hit-and-run accidents have taken place. 



Health Dept to set up kiosks
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
The Health Department will set up seven kiosks in slum areas of the city.
These will be set up near Sunet, Jamalpur, Sherpur, Moti Nagar, Rajiv Gandhi Colony, Metro Road and Sector 32. The railway station at Khanna will also have a kiosk.

“Kiosks at Jamalpur, Sherpur, Rajiv Gandhi Colony and Metro Road are under construction. Each kiosk will have a doctor and a nurse to provide medical assistance to area residents,” said Gurpinder Singh, sub-divisional engineer from the Punjab Health System Corporation.Twenty-three urban kiosks will come up in Amritsar, Bathinda, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Malerkotla, Khanna and Mohalislum. The government has earmarked Rs 16.50 crore for the project. “Residents will get all medical facilities at the kiosks,” said Dr Subhash Batta, Civil Surgeon. A health audit will also be done in the state. The department is chalking out a comprehensive plan to issue health cards.



annual ophthalmic quiz
Karan, Himanshu hog limelight
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
The Department of Ophthalmology, Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), organised its 11th annual ophthalmic quiz and awareness talk for doctors and medical students.
The chief guest, on the occasion, was director of the CMCH, Dr AG Thomas.

Among the 36 undergraduate MBBS teams, four teams qualified for the quiz following the preliminary round. Dr Nitin Batra and Dr Gurvinder Kaur conducted the final. Karan Soni and Himanshu Verma from the 2011 batch, emerged the champions in the closely-contested quiz.

Sneha Liz Jacob (Batch 2010) was given a special award of honour for securing a university distinction in the MBBS ophthalmology professional examination.

Prabhujot John presented sessions on ‘Path-breaking inventions in ophthalmology’ and ‘Community-based rehabilitation’.



Pharmacists take part in educative session at DMCH
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
A programme on ‘Pharmacy Education’ was held at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH).
The in-charge of the DMCH Pharmacy, Vir Vikram, extended warm welcome to all the pharmacists who were present on the occasion.

Poor inventory management in pharmaceutical system leads to waste of financial resources and shortage of some essential medicines, said Vir Vikram.

For the convenience of patients, outlets are located at every floor of the hospital.

The pharmacy is running through recently introduced Hospital information System (HIS), which helps in purchase, stock maintenance, issue and sale of medicines, added the in charge.

The Dayanand Medical College and Hospital started its own in-house pharmacy on April 1, 2013.

The Pharmacy Department consists of main pharmacy and 13 stores at different parts of the hospital, including casualty pharmacy and critical care pharmacy.



school notes
World First-Aid Day

Students of Ryan International School, Dugri, celebrated World First-Aid Day on the school premises. A workshop was conducted for Montessori students by medical teacher Neeta James. Students of senior class made first-aid box in the class and teachers apprised them about the usage of the first-aid kit. The headmistress of the school, Ritu Syal, said most of the people die due to lack of first-aid. Meanwhile, students of Classes III to V visited a factory at Auto Pin Industry in Dhandari Kalan. They witnessed manufacturing of spare parts of bikes and bicycles, on the occasion.

25 principals attend workshop at GNIPS

The Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Complex, Central Zone, in collaboration with Guru Nanak International Public School, Model Town, organised a one-day workshop for principals on FARQ (Forge Ahead with Redefined Quality) at Guru Nanak International Public School, Model Town, on Saturday. Asit Ghosh, an internationally acclaimed motivator, master-trainer, NLP practitioner and fellow of the All-India Management Association, was the speaker on the occasion. He has conducted over 1,150 national and international seminars and trained over 1, 37,000 people in the corporate organisations and institutions. Gurvinder Singh Sarna, general secretary, Harbhajan Singh, manager, and P Kahlon, director, were also present on the occasion. Principal Gurmant Kaur Gill welcomed the gathering. Around 25 principals attended the workshop, which was divided into four sessions. The programme aimed at harnessing the leadership skills. The programme aimed at encouraging and motivating the Heads to develop their leadership skills to find a solution to problems to bring about positive changes for sustainable future. It was one-day exposition on productivity, quality, relationship and roles.

60 teachers take part in workshop

More than 60 primary teachers of all the 11 branches of Nankana Sahib Public School, Gill Park, attended a workshop on ‘Effective classroom teaching and class management’ at Nankana Sahib Public School, Gill Park, Ludhiana. Resource person Fatima from Hyderabad gave the valuable information on effective classroom techniques. More activities should be included in classroom, said Fatima.

Hindi Diwas celebrated

On the occasion of Hindi Diwas, students from Montessori I to Class II of Ryan International School, Ludhiana, organised Hindi recitation competition for the tiny tots. “We should be proud our national language and speak it in a correct manner,” said principal Gurpal Anand on the occasion. — TNS



Printers oppose ban on imports
Ask government to allow duty-free import of machines on the lines of other countries 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
The Offset Printers’ Association (OPA) has strongly objected the representation made by Indian Printing Packaging and Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (IPAMA) to the government of India suggesting restrictions on the import of used printing and allied machinery.

OPA has requested the Government of India to reject the representation and allow duty-free import of the machines not manufactured in India on the same pattern as in Malaysia and many other countries.

As per the data available in India, there is no manufacturer for top-end multi-coloured offset and digital printing machines, all such machines are being imported from various countries. Ninety per cent of these machines are used and imported, said Kushal Jain, vice-president, OPA.

Since, no member of IPAMA is manufacturing the digital offset and top end quality sheet fed machine, and even the post press machinery manufactured is substandard as compared to the imported machines, Offset Printers’ Association has strongly objected the move of IPAMA.

Kamal Chopra, general secretary, OPA, said as India is not self-sufficient in making printing machines and moreover doesn’t match the standards of the used machines being imported from abroad such a move will be detrimental for the 25,000 printing units spread across the length and breadth of the country.

Giving examples, The general secretary said all the offset machines, folding machines, cutting machines were imported by the printers from outside as they were not available in India and in case restriction on the import of second hand machines was imposed, it would be difficult for the printing units to survive as one cannot afford to buy a brand new imported machine. Meanwhile, India is a good market of second hand machines.

“Indian manufacturers are making the clones of the imported machines since they do not take care of going in for latest technology to make the similar machines with which printers do fine printing and compete with international printers as well,” said Chopra.



ludhiana scan

The solar lights put up at Rasoolpur Mallah village were inaugurated by the former Member of Parliament, Manish Tewari. The grant to put up lights of Rs 2.20 lakh was given by Tiwari from his MP fund. Tewari said the promises made by the BJP had turned out to be hollow as the rising inflation could not be controlled. Tewari added that the SAD/BJP government had given long power cuts to the residents of Punjab.

Birth anniversary

To commemorate the birth anniversary of Bhagwan Valmiki, which falls on October 12, a poster was released here by Dalit Mahapanchayat. The poster was released by MP Manish Tewari. Tewari said the preachings of Lord Valmiki should be followed by the youngsters. He appreciated the initiative taken by the Dalit Mahapanchayat. An invitation was also extended to the former MP by Chander Shekhar Sahota and Ajay Kumar.

Drive against drugs

Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) will start a state-level campaign against drugs from September 28 onwards on the birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh. The campaign will start from the martyr’s native village Khatkhar Kalan in Nawanshahr. BJYM state chief Mohit Gupta said awareness marches would be organised as part of the campaign. Besides, nukkad natak and seminars will also be organised. Gupta said drug problem in the border state could be a conspiracy by the powers that want to destabilise the country.

Book released

Novelist Dr Jaswant Singh Kanwal’s book ‘Punjab da Haq Sach’ was released at Minhas Bhawan, Aman Nagar, Ludhiana. Dr Jaswan Singh Kanwal, Surinder Kaur, Dr Kulwinder Kaur Minahs, Dalvir Singh Ludhianvii, Giani Daler Singh and Jaswant Singh were present on the occasion. The book is in the question-answer format. Mostly questions are about major problems of Punjab, division of India and Jaswant Singh Kanwal’s own life.

Fresh dengue cases

The total toll of patients diagnosed in Ludhiana for dengue has gone up to 25 with one more patient being confirmed suffering from the disease. One male, 42 years belonging to Fatehgarh Mohulla of Ludhiana, has been admitted to Christian Medical College and Hospital and reported as a confirmed case of dengue on Saturday.

Bicycle expo

The Indore Bicycle Expo started at Indore on Saturday. It is expected that the bicycle Industries will make business of around Rs 100 crore from the expo. A few of the leading manufacturers from Ludhiana are also participating in this expo. The companies that are participating include Hero Cycle, Avon Cycle, Big Ben, Vishivkarma, Hippo Cycles, Asia Cycle etc.

Play on Sept 27

A play ‘Khetan Da Putt’ based on life and poetry of progressive poet Paash will be staged at the main auditorium of Guru Nanak Bhawan near Bharat Nagar Chowk on September 27. In this play, the role of poet Paash is played by renowned film star Rana Ranbir. The play is directed by Rupinderjit Sharma and music has been given by H Guddu. The show is being organised by Sambhav Foundation, Ludhiana, Daughter Day Foundation and V-Mad jointly and is dedicated to the memory of noted Punjabi theatre artiste Gursharan Singh. Entry passes may be collected from Sandhu Studio near Circuit House; Jassal Art Gallery, Ghumar Mandi; Fashion Spot, Sarabha Nagar Main Market and from V-MAD office at Shahid Karnail Singh Nagar. — TNS



from colleges
Freshers’ party

Ludhiana: In order to raise a toast to MEd students, the Partap College of Education arranged a freshers' party on the college campus. Principal Dr Balwant Singh was the chief guest on the occasion and vice-principal Manpreet Kaur was the guest of honour. The function began with songs, dances, riddles, one minute games, etc. But the star attraction of the day was 'Malwai Giddha' presented by MEd and ETT boys.

Team inspects college for accreditation

The National Assessment and Accreditation Council conducted an inspection for accreditation of the Sant Baba Bhag Singh Memorial Girls College of Education at Sukhanand in Moga, Punjab. A team comprising Prof Divya Prabha Nagar, Prof Indira Dhull and Dr Meena Prakash Kute visited the college. The inspection team interacted with the management, BEd students, alumni and the BEd staff to enquire about the college. The team also visited the resource centres, playground and other infrastructure provided by the college. A cultural programme was organised by the Sant Baba Bhag Singh Institutes to entertain the NAAC peer team. They also visited the sister institutions of Sant Baba Bhag Singh.

Students visit Ludhiana Stock Exchange

In order to acquaint the students about the working of stock exchanges, GGN Institute of Vocational Studies (GGN Campus) organised a visit to Ludhiana Stock Exchange. Forty students pursuing BCom in the institute visited the exchange. The whole presentation was divided into two sessions. The first session was presided over by Sadhu Ram, LSE official, who gave an overview of the capital market and stock exchanges. He said "Stock exchange is a platform for buying and selling the securities and is an epicentre of financial activities of the country." He gave a brief introduction about the structure of Indian Financial System, SEBI guidelines, provisions under SCRA, money market and capital market and told the students that they should invest with knowledge. In the second session, he explained the procedure of online trading to the students and also highlighted the importance of long term investment to earn good returns. The two sessions were followed by question-answer round. The students actively raised many questions to which they got satisfactory answers. Manjit Singh Chhabra, coordinator of the institute, said, "As most of the investment is done in the stock market, nowadays, it is must to provide practical knowledge to the students so that they can judiciously use their hard earned money. Our main aim is the overall development of the students and for this we try to give them with full exposure of the market where they can fully utilise their potential."

Placement driveMandi Gobindgarh: Zensar Technologies Limited, Pune, conducted a joint campus placement drive at RIMT Institutes, Mandi Gobindgarh, for BTech (CSE, IT) and MCA students. Resource Management, vice-president, Sushil Kashikar addressed the students and provided them with company information, profile and selection process. The selection procedure went through a five phase process starting with pre-placement talk, online test followed by group discussion and technical interview. Finally, five students from different colleges were selected, including Gauri Dhiman, Ricky Bansal, Nikhil Goyal, Manish Kumar Rattan and Akanksha Utreja. In all more than 250 students participated in the placement drive. — TNS



Butchers get tips on better management of shops
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
On the directions of Parwinderpal Singh Sidhu, SMO, Community Health Centre, Sanhewal, officials from the Health Department today issued instructions to people engaged in meat and butcher shops.

Shop owners were asked to maintain proper hygiene at the shops. They were given an overview on handling of meat and animal transport, modern retail meat shop, quality adherence practices, equipments involved, waste collection and disposal, facilities in shops, good hygienic practices, meat cutting and packaging, various methods of meat preservation and related regulation acts and rules.

A majority of the population consumes meat from traditional meat shops, where individual butchers slaughter goats/chicken for sale of meat in small quantities throughout the day. They were advised to use deep freezers for storage of meat.

In addition to this, people were also made aware about the ill-effects of consuming tobacco. 



MC serves demolition notice on building
Move comes after owner of commercial building ‘ignores’ two notices
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
The building branch of the Municipal Corporation has issued a “final demolition order” to one Roshan Lal, resident of B-2, GT Road, Chawni Mohalla, here for constructing a commercial building on his land without seeking prior approval from the civic body.

The notice has been served by the Assistant Town Planner (Headquarters) on September 19.

As per the letter, two notices had already been served on the owner dated July 11, 2014, and August 22, 2014, that a commercial building was constructed at B-2, GT Road, Chawni Mohalla, without getting the building plan approved from the Municipal Corporation.

As the commercial building was constructed in utter violation of the building bylaws, the notices were served on the owner under Sections 269 (1), 270 (1).

The owner was asked to demolish the building on his own but he did not remove the illegal construction.

In the present notice, the owner has been provided seven days’ time to demolish the illegal structure else the building (it has been given to a bank) will be sealed by the Municipal Corporation and the owner himself will be held accountable for any expenses/damages.

It may be mentioned that the building was allegedly constructed in connivance with the then ATP.

When the matter was brought to the notice of higher-officials by an RTI Activist Rohit Sabharwal, the ATP then served a challan on the building owner.

Though a small portion of the building was demolished earlier, it still stands tall.

It is pertinent to mention that a nationalised bank has got the building on rent. However, banks are supposed to check all records/credentials of buildings but in this case, the bank authorities failed to do so.


  • A ‘final demolition order’ has been issued to Roshan Lal, resident of B-2, GT Road, Chawni Mohalla, here for constructing a commercial building on his land without seeking prior approval from the civic body..
  • Two notices had already been served on the owner dated July 11, 2014, and August 22, 2014.



Pending inquiries against FORMER Assistant Town Planner
MC chief writes to Secy local bodies
Even as ex-ATP of Zone A has been shifted to Moga, complaints continue to pour in
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
Though the former Assistant Town Planner of Zone A, Harpreet Ghai, has been shifted to Moga, complaints continue to pour in against him.
In one such recent development, the Commissioner Municipal Corporation Pradeep Aggarwal has written to the Secretary Local Bodies that many complaints were pending against the official concerned, the inquiries of which had to be initiated by the department.

In a letter written to the Secretary, the Commissioner said the ATP concerned had not ‘obeyed’ the orders of the higher officials.

A letter regarding this was sent to the department at Chandigarh on June 2 through letter number 269/ATP/HQ/D.

In another complaint, ATP Ghai was served a show-cause notice on June 26 regarding construction of Hotel Leela, and an inquiry into the complaint was being conducted by retired IAS officer Joginder Pal Puri.

Ghai had been served another show-cause notice on January 13, 2010, as he had failed to take action against an illegal construction at Kitchlu Nagar Model Town Extension, Street No. 2. The department is yet to initiate a probe into the matter.

In yet another case, the official concerned had been served a show-cause notice as no action had been taken by him regarding an illegal colony at the Giaspura area.

The department is yet to initiate an inquiry into the incident.

Besides, another notice was served on the official on April 24, 2014, as he remained absent from duty. The matter is pending as his explanation has been sought.

After getting information through the Right to Information Act, regular complaints were filed against the official that during his tenure, many illegal buildings had mushroomed in the city (in his zone) and no action had been taken against him, reasons best known to the department at Chandigarh.


  • In a letter written to the Secretary, the Commissioner said the ATP concerned had not ‘obeyed’ the orders of the higher officials. A letter regarding this was sent to the department at Chandigarh on June 2.
  • In another complaint, ATP Ghai was served a show-cause notice on June 26 regarding construction of Hotel Leela, and an inquiry into the complaint was being conducted by retired IAS officer Joginder Pal Puri.
  • Ghai had been served another show-cause notice on January 13, 2010, as he had failed to take action against an illegal construction at Kitchlu Nagar Model Town Extension, Street No. 2. The department is yet to initiate a probe into the matter.
  • In yet another case, the official concerned had been served a show-cause notice as no action had been taken by him regarding an illegal colony at the Giaspura area.



floods in j&K
Hosiery traders apprise ex-Union Minister of losses
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Manish Tewari today expressed concern over the heavy losses suffered by the hosiery industry due to the floods in Kashmir.

A delegation of the hosiery manufacturers and traders met Tewari at the residence of block president Congress, Ludhiana West, Baljinder Singh Bunty on Saturday.

The traders apprised Tewari about the cancellation of orders and the consequent losses.

The manufacturers said, “While the traders in Kashmir, in all likelihood, will be compensated by the government, those who had supplied goods to them have been left high and dry.”

They appealed to the Congress leader to ensure that their losses were compensated.

Tewari urged the government to keep in view the losses suffered by the hosiery industry due to the floods in Kashmir and ensure that they were duly compensated.

Earlier talking to reporters, the former minister expressed concern over the communal pitch being raised by certain elements and the “failure” of the government and the ruling party to tame them. Tewari said he hoped that the National Minority Commission, which is vested with statutory powers, would take cognisance of the matter.

On the issue of Chinese incursions along the border while the Chinese president was being accorded hospitality, Tewari said, “The NDA Government has ‘no
policy’ towards Pakistan or China.”

Among others present on the occasion included District Congress Committee, Ludhiana, (Urban) president Pawan Dewan. 



City to observe World Alzheimer Day today
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
September 21 has been marked as the third global World Alzheimer’s Day, an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge the stigma.
The theme for World Alzheimer’s Month 2014 is “Dementia: Can we reduce the risk?” focusing on ways to help reduce the risk of developing dementia with brain healthy lifestyles.

The day focuses on advocacy and awareness with information provision, memory walks, media appearances and free memory screenings.

Alzheimer’s disease typically follows certain stages that cause changes in the person’s and family’s lives. Because the disease affects each individual differently, the symptoms, the order in which they appear and the duration of each stage varies from person to person.

A very small percentage of people have an inherited form of the disease. This rare form is called familial autosomal dominant Alzheimer’s disease. In certain families, it passes directly from one generation to another. Having more than one family member with Alzheimer’s disease does not necessarily mean that your family has the inherited form.

What is Alzheimer?

Alzheimer’s disease is a fatal, progressive and degenerative disease that destroys brain cells. Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. Symptoms include having difficulty remembering things, making decisions and performing everyday activities. These changes can affect the way a person feels and acts. There is currently no way to stop the disease.

What causes the disease?

The exact reason is not known but researchers have identified risk factors associated with it such as ageing, genetics and other factors.

first identified in 1906

Dr Alois Alzheimer first identified the disease in 1906. He described the two hallmarks of the disease: “plaques,” which are numerous tiny, dense deposits scattered throughout the brain that become toxic to brain cells at excessive levels, and “tangles,” which interfere with vital processes, choking off the living cells. When brain cells degenerate and die, the brain shrinks in some regions.



Nutrition Week ends at Fortis

Ludhiana, September 20
Fortis Hospital observed Nutrition Week celebrations from September 15-20.
The Department of Dietetics focused on the importance of nutrition.

The Fortis staff took the pledge “Good nutrition is our mission”. A health food street was also set up to make people aware about the optimal food choices and to promote healthy diets such as high-protein poha, vegetable shots along with various salads such as sprouts salad , three bean salad, papaya salad, dhokla sandwich etc. — TNS




Remove encroachments

There is a link road starting from Tharike along the line of railway crossing, Royal palace and Ishmeet Institute of Music which has been recently carpeted by Public Works Department at New Rajguru Nagar, a small village carved out of Tharike in Ludhiana. The road is used by people of various colonies and the traffic has increased manifolds. 

Schoolchildren, women and senior citizens take this route as it is considered as the safest. Some of the shopkeepers have encroached upon the government land for their shops near Royal Palace. There is a gymnasium which does not have a parking space and a large number of vehicles are stationed on the road. Such encroachments cause great inconvenience to the public and are hindrance to free flow of traffic. The Punjab Government should direct the department concerned to remove the encroachments. I also appeal to the Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, to address the grievance.
RS Brar

Woes of bus commuters

Ever since the project on the Ludhiana City Bus Service (LCBS) started the woes of Ludhiana commuters has been plagued again and again due to one or the other reason. Now that no LCBS will be available for about another two months, not only the residents are at the mercy of auto-rickshaws but also the civic body is said to be losing lakhs of rupees daily. The commuters need more efficient mode of service rather than more comfortable but infrequent facility. Better planning and restarting the bus service soon will go a long way to help the commuters. The Ludhiana Administration should take this issue seriously and solve the problem on priority.

Dr (Prof) YP Gupta
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crime briefs
Father gave poison to mother, alleges son

A man allegedly made his wife consume poison due to a family dispute at Dugri area on Saturday morning. The victim is undergoing treatment at the Civil Hospital. Her condition is stated to be out of danger. The victim’s son, Ashutosh, alleged that when he went to the washroom at his house, his father along with his two friends ‘forcefully gave poison’ to his mother.

She was rushed to the Civil Hospital. “The victim is still unconscious and not able to record her statement. We will take action only after recording her statements”, said SHO, Dugri police station.

Three booked for forgery

The city police have registered a case against Kiran Bhanot, Surinder Sharma and Nalesh Kumar for allegedly preparing two forged registration papers of a property. The deal was made for a showroom in Shamsher Plaza at Ghumar Mandi in January for Rs 2.25 crore. Bedi gave Rs 50 lakh in advance and fixed May 6 for the registration of property.

Bedi alleged Rakesh Bhanot’s wife Kiran told him that the property was mortgaged by a bank and asked him to pay Rs 70 lakh to the bank for the possession. Anil alleged when he sought original documents of the property, Bhanot told him that the property was mortgaged by another bank. — TNS



28 cases settled in Lok Adalat
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 20
As many as 28 cases involving an amount of Rs 5.5 lakh were settled in the monthly Lok Adalat held here today.
The Lok Adalat was held under the supervision of KS Kang, Sessions Judge-cum-Chairman, District Legal Services Authority.

CJM-cum-Secretary, Legal Services Authority, KK Singla said 104 cases were placed before different Benches of the Lok Adalat.



Volleyball tourney
GPC, Alour students secure 2nd position
our sports reporter

Ludhiana, September 20
Players of Gobindgarh Public College, Alour (Khanna), secured the second position in the Panjab University Inter-College Volleyball Tournament, Division A, held between September 16-19. Teams from 24 colleges affiliated with Panjab University competed in this tourney.

On the basis of their performance in the tournament, three spikers from the college were selected to represent Panjab University in the All India Inter Varsity Volleyball Championship.

Principal Dr Neena Seth Pajni and Ranjeev Bhatia, chairman, Gobindgarh Public College, congratulated the students and wished them success in the upcoming inter-varsity championship.



Panjab University Inter-College Cricket Tournament
SCD Government College records easy win
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 20
Fine batting by Sunny Pandey (87), Jatin Salotra (65) and an accurate bowling by Vishwanath (4 for 17) helped Satish Chander Dhawan Government College for Boys, Ludhiana, to register an easy victory by 125 runs over Malwa College, Bondli (Samrala), in the Panjab University Inter-College Cricket Tournament.

(Above) Title holders in a jubilant mood during a freshers’ party at GNIMT in Model Town; and participants await their turn during a freshers’ party at Arya College in Ludhiana. tribune photos: himanshu mahajan

The tournament is being played here at the Satish Chander Dhawan Government College ground.

Malwa College’s decision to invite the hosts to bat first turned out to be a miscalculated one as SCD Government College scored a big total of 201 runs losing four wickets in the allotted 40 overs. Their innings revolved around Sunny Pandey and Jatin Salotra, who contributed 87 and 65 runs, respectively, while Karan Bhatti made 15 runs and Piyush Likhi chipped in with 18 runs.

For the losers, Manjit Singh grabbed two wickets for 27 runs in 3.5 overs.

Malwa College wilted under pressure. They were shot out for a paltry score of 76 runs in 18.3 overs. Pawandeep top scored with 13 runs, while Ramandeep made 11 runs and Vikas remained unbeaten on 12 runs.

For SCD Government College, Vishwanath sent down five overs and claimed four wickets after conceding 17 runs.

Piyush Likhi captured three wickets for 22 runs in six overs, while Sandeep Singh and Ripandeep Singh took one wicket each.



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