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Few takers for vanity numbers
DTO proposes bringing down reserve price for bids in e-auction
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
It seems inflation has also started affecting the e-auction of vanity registration numbers. In the recent e-auctions held by the Transport Department, less than 30% vanity numbers of different series were auctioned.

Taking note of poor auction results, Anil Garg, District Transport Officer, Ludhiana, said: “I have written about it to the State Transport Commissioner, Punjab, and sought suggestion for the e-auction of the remaining vanity numbers of these series. I have also suggested him to decrease the reserve price of these vanity numbers, as it is one of the reasons behind a few bidders turning up at the auctions. The reserve price for 0001 is Rs 5 lakh and for the numbers between 0002 to 0009, it is 2.5 lakh.”

The another reason for decreasing bidders is the revival of the policy on retaining the vanity numbers. Garg said: “A person can use the already purchased vanity number for his new vehicle and can get a new number for his old vehicle. This facility is also affecting the sale of new vanity numbers through e-auction.”

Fewer than 60 persons applied for more than 270 vanity numbers offered for sale in the recently held e-auctions on the website of the department, www.punjabtransport.org

According to sources, fewer than 30 vanity numbers of the PB10DY series could be auctioned during e-auctions in the past month. This month, only 30 numbers of the PB 10DZ series were sold auctioned in the e-auction.

How to apply for online auction

One can apply for online auction of vanity numbers on the website of Punjab Transport Department -www.Punjabtransport.org.com. After opening this website, click at e-auctioning and then click at user login and create your own ID. Enter your particulars along with the bidding fee for the particular vanity number. The bidding is closed after a week and vanity numbers are allotted to the highest bidders. A successful bidder has to pay the bid amount online.”

The bidding fee is different for different numbers. The fee for 0001 is Rs 2,000. For the numbers between 0002 and 0009 and 0786, the fee is Rs 1,000, and for numbers between 0010 and 0099, Rs 500.

For the vanity numbers other than the above-mentioned numbers, the fee is Rs 200 each.


Wife, son plotted man’s killing, three arrested
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
The food van owner, whose body was found in the fields of Jandiali village in the Ram Nagar area a few days ago, was killed by his wife, son and a contract killer. The Moti Nagar police today claimed to have cracked the murder case with the arrested of these three persons.

Gurjit Singh, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP- East), said Gurdev’s wife Ranjit Kaur and his son Babbaljit Singh (20) hired a contract killers for Rs 50,000 to eliminate the food van owner.

According to the police, the victim used to pick quarrels with the members of his family over petty issues.

The ACP-East said Ranjit Kaur hatched a conspiracy to kill her husband and also sought the help of her son. Her son hired his friend Sherjit Singh, alias Shera of Dholewal, and his accomplice for the job and paid them Rs 10,000 in advance.

As per the plan, on October 4, the accused offered sedative-laced dinner to Gurdev, following which he fell unconscious. In the evening, the accused strangled the victim to death.

On October 5, they put Gurdev’s body in a car and dumped it in the fields of Jandiali village.

To hoodwink the police, the accused abandoned Gurdev’s scooter near the body to make it appear as a robbery incident. Gurdev’s son lodged a missing complaint with the police.

During investigation, the police stumble upon some vital clues that indicated the involvement of the members of the family in the killing.

On Saturday, police rounded up Ranjit Kaur, Babbaljit and Shera. During investigation, they cracked soon and confessed to have killed Gurdev and dumped his body in the fields.

Sources said the mobile tower location of Babbaljit at the crime scene led to his arrest.

The ACP said efforts were on to nab contract killer Shera’s accomplice.



Construction of ‘illegal’ building stopped after MC intervention
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
The building branch of the Municipal Corporation has got the construction of a building at Shivpuri stopped. It was being constructed without an approved building plan. Earlier, it was alleged that the building was part of an “illegal” colony and the MC was not demolishing it under pressure from a SAD leader of Ludhiana.

The building was being constructed on a piece of land measuring 300 square yard in the Shivpuri area. Following a complaint by the local residents, the officials of the building branch visited the site. They found the building plan was not approved and the construction did not match the specifications of the Town Planning Scheme.

Meanwhile, the local residents said the owner had got temporary roads constructed along the building. “Since it is a residential area, it must not be converted into a commercial complex,” said a resident.

The Assistant Town Planner (HQ), Kamaljit Kaur, said no illegal colony, as alleged by the local residents, was being constructed in the area. “It is around 5,000-square yard piece of land. According to the MC records, plotting of the area has been done. We found certain discrepancies, so we got the construction stopped immediately. The owner has been told to get the building plan approved at the earliest. The building would be meant for residential, not commercial use,” said the ATP.

The spokesperson for the Congress councilors, Parminder Mehta, said the local residents were perturbed as the MC followed “double-standards”. “If a poor person constructs a small room, it is demolished immediately. But when influential persons flout the rules, just warnings are issued to them. Ample time is provided to them to get all their documents completed. The building branch and the advertisement wing are the two core wings in the MC that witness a lot of political interference, leading to revenue losses,” said Mehta.



Festive Rush
Special train for Ludhiana-Saharsa section
Our Correspondent

Heavy rush is witnessed at the railway station during the festive season. A file photograph

Ludhiana, October 12
The migrant population settled in the industrial capital of the state has something to cheer about as Northern Railway has announced yet another festival special train on the Firozepur-Ludhiana-Saharsa section to meet the increased rush of passengers during the coming festivals of Diwali and Chhath Pooja.

According to the railway authorities, 05529/05530 pair of Jansadharan special train will run from Ferozepur Cantonment to Saharsa from October 12 to November 15, 2014, making 16 trips in all, in both directions.

The train with general (completely unreserved) accommodation will leave from Ferozepur Cantonment at 11.30 pm on October 12, 16, 20, 24, November 1, 5, 9 and 13 and reach Saharsa at 3.45 pm the next day. From Saharsa, it will depart at 9.40 am on October 14, 18, 22, 26, November 3, 7, 11 and 15 and arrive Ferozepur Cantonment at 7.40 pm the next day.

The train will have commercial halts at Jalandhar City, Ludhiana, Ambala Cantonment, Saharanpur, Moradabad, Bareilly, Sitapur Cantonment, Gonda, Gorakhpur, Chhapra, Sonpur, Hajipur, Patoree, Shahapur, Barauni, Begusarai, Khagaria, Mansi, Bakhtiyarpur and Simri.

The Northern Railway authorities said the capacity of the existing trains running on long routes had also been enhanced with the addition of more coaches in different classes to cope with the heavy rush of passengers. Some more festival special trains would also be introduced to various destinations in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and North East, the officials said.



Dengue patient count climbs to 51
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
Four more patients have tested positive for dengue and the count of patients diagnosed with the disease in the local hospitals has climbed to 51, of whom 35 belong to Ludhiana, 15 to other districts and one belongs to Uttar Pradesh (UP).

A 27-year-old woman from Pritam Nagar and another (50 years old) from Haibowal Kalan, Ludhiana, have been admitted to the DMCH. Meanwhile, a 27-year-old man from UP tested positive for dengue. He has been admitted to Pancham Hospital in Ludhiana. A 37-year-old man from Hoshiarpur tested positive for dengue and was admitted to the DMCH here.

Health department advisory

  • Dengue spreads through mosquito bite, which occurs during daytime
  • Mosquitoes bread in containers having fresh water such as flower pots, water coolers, water tanks, etc.
  • Change the water in flower pots kept in drawing rooms twice a week
  • Dry coolers and throw away old mats
  • Keep rooftops clear of containers/tyres
  • Wear full-sleeve shirts and keep your feet covered in the morning and evening
  • Spray insecticides under tables and behind curtains
  • Do not allow water to accumulate near houses
  • Use anti-mosquito nets to prevent dengue and malaria
  • Properly cover containers and water tanks
  • Report suspected case of dengue to the nearest government dispensary or spital

Civil Surgeon Office Control Room No. 0161-2444193



Man killed, 14 injured in accident
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
One person was killed and 15 were injured after a speeding mini bus hit the divider while trying to avoid collision with a stray cow near Sahnewal near here last night. The deceased has been identified as Hardeep Singh of Haibowal. He was married nearly two months ago. The injured passengers said when accident happened Hardeep was telling his wife on the phone that he was coming home soon to break her Karva Chauth fast.

Two of the passengers, identified as Ranjit and Vinay, have been admitted to the ICU at a hospital.

The bus driver said the incident took place near Dhandari. A stray cow abruptly came in front of the bus. In order to avoid collision, he rammed the bus into the divider.

All the passengers travelling in the bus work at a hosiery unit in Doraha.



Swachh Bharat still a distant dream in Doraha
Lovleen Bains

(Above) Stagnant sewage on a street adjoining a private hospital; and garbage lying scattered on the Boparai road in Doraha. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Doraha, October 12
The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan being carried out throughout the country began in Doraha as well, but officially neither the council, nor the residents, seem to be serious about it. The residents continue to dump the garbage openly and the council, who just blames companies for any such callousness, has yet to imbibe swachhta in their day-to-day acts.

“The garbage is picked only to be dumped on the roads and streets,” the residents complained. They alleged that the council had practically no place for dumping of the waste and the residents had become the scapegoats. The residents are passing through testing times as the dingy condition in which they are forced to live can make them ill due to various water-borne diseases and fall easy prey to infectious diseases.

For instance, Boparai Street, Guru Teg Bahadur Street and Dasmesh Nagar’s dumping area seem to be the worst hit as the townsters have alleged that the garbage was never lifted as a matter of routine at these places. “The government has issued clear instructions to the councils and the committees to launch various health awareness and cleanliness drives under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, but the residents may have to pay through the nose for the negligence on the part of the latter,” rued one of the residents of the area.

The residents of the town also complained that the sanitary employees were not bothered about the early evacuation of accumulated water for days together. “Many a times we have approached the committee entreating upon it to find a permanent solution to the never ending problem but the authorities does not seem to be serious on the issue. The sewer pipes being narrow get choked easily. The committee is in no position to find a permanent solution to our problems. The existing situation is simply tormenting. It has been hundreds of times that we go to the council asking for evacuating the sewer water, which is temporarily done but the similar deplorable conditions are restored in no time,” rued another resident.

Executive Officer Surinder Kumar when contacted said, “The garbage in the streets is generally lifted once or even twice in a day. If any part is left neglected, we can write to A to Z Company, who may not be taking their work seriously. In future when the door-to-door lifting shall begin, the problem will be resolved automatically.”

Official speak

The garbage on the streets is generally lifted once or even twice a day. If any part is left neglected, we can write to A to Z Company, which may not be taking its work seriously. In future, when the door-to-door lifting of grbage begins, the problem will be resolved automatically. — Surinder Kumar, executive officer



Self-employment raises standard of living: PSSSB chief
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 12
Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board (PSSSB) chairman Santa Singh Umaidpuri exhorted rural youths to raise their standard of living by seeking self employment through various schemes being launched by the government.

While addressing a gathering of small and marginal traders, during the annual function organised by Moon Tea Producing Company at Jandali village near here, Umaidpuri said the SAD-BJP had brought unprecedented development for lower strata of society, including scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, backward classes and economically weaker sections.

Recounting special schemes launched by the government for weaker sections, Umaidpuri claimed that thousands of families had upgraded their standard of living through self employment.

Exhorting rural youths to seek their future in self employment instead of running after petty jobs, Umaidpuri said gap between number of government jobs and unemployed youths could not be narrowed till vocationally trained youths established their own units for earning livelihood.

Citing examples of developed group of countries Umaidpuri argued that the United States of America, one of the most advanced nations was spending only six per cent share of its budget on salary and wages of government employees whereas in our case more than 60 per cent was spent on establishment charges.

Substantiating his claim with examples from corporate and business world, Umaidapuri argued that large number top ranking personalities had started their career from self employment. Umaidpuri said one should not feel ashamed in undertaking small business as no profession or business was small or large. “We must take lessons from life history of our Prime Minister Narinder Modi who once owned a tea vend,” said Umaidpuri.

Elaborating self employment schemes of the government, Umaidpuri said special teams of professional and experts had been constituted in each department with intent to impart free training to young entrepreneurs. Besides arranging loans from nationalised and cooperative banks on liberalised terms, the experts educate entrepreneurs about subsidies and other facilities.



delimitation of wards
Admn’s ‘pick-and-choose’ policy angers politicians
Our Correspondent

Malerkotla/Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 12
Irked over the “pick-and-choose” policy adopted by the administration in the process of delimitation of wards, office-bearers of various political parties have urged the Punjab Local Bodies Department to review maps.

The nub of the complaints is that the delimitation is being customised in such a way by the authorities concerned that it suited only certain leaders of the SAD-BJP combine.

Leaders of parties in the Opposition have also objected to the constitution of boards for implementation of the delimitation process towards its conclusion. It is learnt that guidelines have not been followed while preparing draft plans.

Office-bearers and activists of various organisations led by SAD general council member Kewal Jindal alleged that the authorities had ignored guidelines and basic principals of continuity, proximity and population strength while preparing proposed maps for new wards. Percentage of voters community wise has also been ignored while reserving wards for certain categories, thus making certain genuine social workers ineligible to contest the civic body elections.

Jindal cited some examples wherein criterion of minimum population for delimiting the ward was not adhered to and residents paying house tax were not included in the civic body wards.

Jindal urged the higher authorities to probe the sequence of events leading to preparation of maps without considering rules and regulation of the delimitation Act.

Perusal of records revealed that at least two members of the committee owing allegiance to party in regime had lodged their objections to the proposed maps presented in the meeting chaired by Ashok Kumar Sikka, Deputy Director, Urban local Bodies, Patiala.

Abdul Satar has demanded review of certain wards due to inadequate population strength, non-inclusion of old wards in map, lack of continuity in proposed wards and anticlockwise direction of wards. Rajnish Kumar pointed out that contrary to the guidelines, some wards lacked geographical features and residents paying house tax had been left out of the proposed wards.

Interestingly, the population in proposed map has been shown much less that actual population of Malerkotla.



Practise what you preach

The city traffic police has issued strict instructions against the widespread practice of seating one or two passengers on both sides of the driver’s seat on the three-wheelers plying in the mega city to check the alarming rate of road accidents. For some time, the drivers violating the orders were also challaned and hefty fines were imposed upon them. However, one comes across the policemen, and even the traffic cops sitting alongside the driver of three-wheelers on the city roads which send a wrong signal that those donning ‘khaki’ or uniform of traffic cops are above the law. If the police force will continue to flout traffic rules like this, who will enforce the rules on others is the big question.

Karva Chauth detailing on WhatsApp

Karva Chauth was all fun for the ladies and the fun was doubled for those who were sharing details about the occasion on WhatsApp messenger. Friends group on the social app were busy throughout the day detailing each other about the dress and jewellery details. Friends were busy chatting and clicking pictures for the group. “This year, Karva Chauth was fun and it seems I was celebrating the day along with my friends. I loved each and every moment of the day,” said Ritu, a city resident.

Everything for husband!

Karva Chauth was celebrated with religious fervour by unmarried/married women in the city. As women had to keep the fast till they saw moon, husbands were seen roaming in streets and roads to find if moon had appeared or not as it was becoming difficult for many to remain empty stomach for more than 12 hours. A husband was heard saying, “She is hungry for me since morning. I should see that moon is there so that she gets to eat something.” Meanwhile, the most interesting thing was circulation of funny messages/texts on WhatsApp. And interestingly, both men and women enjoyed such pictures and texts in lighter vein which showed that it was just one day in a year when men were worshipped by their better-halves, else all 364 days it was vice-versa.

Cleanliness drive a publicity stunt?

During the recently started cleanliness drive by the government of India, people from different walks of life pitched in. Some NGOs, government departments and private organisations also showed their enthusiasm for a few days. But things remained unchanged after some days. One can come across littered garbage here and there and on public places as well. There is hardly anyone who is bothered about maintaining the cleanliness. Commenting on this, a senior citizen said, “All has been done just for publicity. I wish everyone accepts it as its own responsibility.” Afterwards he opened polythene and picked up some used polythene from a roadside and went away.

Contributed by Kuldip Bhatia, Manav Mander, Shivani Bhakoo and Anupam Bhagria



From colleges
Zonal Youth Festival concludes at GNIMT

Girls perform giddha during the Zonal Youth Fest (Zone-II) at GNIMT College in Ludhiana. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan 

Ludhiana: The Day 3 of the PTU Zonal Youth Festival started with colourful folk dance (Giddha) at the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus, Ludhiana. Dr MS Kang, former Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, was the chief guest for the concluding day. He appreciated PTU and GNIMT for organising the festival successfully. In his inaugural address, Dr Kang said participation by the students in such youth festivals was very important in life and students must take part in extra-curricular activities as it provides a proper platform to showcase their talents.

Neeru Katyal Gupta PCS, Additional Commissioner, Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, was the guest of honour. The Additional Commissioner was deeply impressed by the talent exhibited by the young students. She said there should be a good relationship between the students and teachers. "The students must focus on their career, hard work, honesty, creativity and dedication and also on time management so that they can successfully manage their field and bring laurels to their college, teachers and parents, she added. Dr SM Kant, advisor Youth and Cultural Affairs of PTU, congratulated the management of GNIMT and its director for providing assistance to PTU to host the mega event on their campus. He congratulated all the winners and first runners-up and wished them good luck for the Inter-Zonal Youth Festival to be held in Jalandhar. In giddha, GNIMT, Ludhiana, won the top spot while RIET, Phagwara were the first runners-up. Meanwhile, RIET, Phagwara, won the overall trophy for the Zonal Youth Festival- 2014 and GNIMT, Ludhiana, was the runners-up.

NSS volunteers visit Kusht Ashram and old age home

The sixth day of the NSS camp at Gobindgarh Public College, Alour (Khanna), began with a yoga and meditation session. The NSS volunteers visited an old age home and distributed warm clothes among the in mates. They also paid a visit to Kusht Ashram where they distributed goods. On their return, the volunteers and teachers enthusiastically participated in a camp fire. The day ended with the recitation of National Anthem. — TNS



Breast cancer awareness month
Let’s conquer cancer
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
Health talks will be organised by Fortis Hospital in schools to create awareness among students and teachers about early diagnosis of breast cancer. October is being observed as the Breast Cancer Awareness Month all over the world and Fortis Hospital, Ludhiana, is observing ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Week’ from October 13 to 18.

On October 13, a CME on breast conservation and reconstruction will be held.

On October 14, a competition will be held for patients, their relatives, Fortis staff and general public, including students from various schools.

While October 15 will be observed as the Pink Day. On October 18, “Pink Walk” will be organised.

Dr JS Sekhon, director, oncology, said, “Breast cancer is among the top five cancers in Punjab. We are taking the initiative to spread awareness among people that if detected on time, breast cancer can be treated, thanks to the latest technology which has benefited the lives of many survivors. Our major focus is to make sure that women get themselves checked regularly for early detection of breast cancer because diagnosis at an early stage helps cure 90-95 per cent of patients.”

Oct 13: a CME on breast conservation and reconstruction will be held.
Oct 14: a competition for patients, their relatives, Fortis staff and general public will be held
Oct 15: It will be observed as the Pink Day.
Oct 18: “Pink Walk” will be organised.



Tamil classic Thirukkural’s Punjabi version released
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
Punjabi Sahit Akademi, Ludhiana, in collaboration with the Central Institute of Tamil organised a function to release a translated Tamil classic into Punjabi named as ‘Thirukkural’ here today at Punjabi Bhawan.

On the occasion, a literary discussion was held on preserving Punjabi and Tamil languages and culture. While addressing the literary function, Dr Sukhdev Singh Dhindhsa, president of Punjabi Sahit Akademi, said, “Today’s function will be a historical step in the preservation of languages.” Dr Ajayab Singh was the chief guest on the occasion. The Granth has been translated by Dr Tarlochan Singh Bedi.

Meanwhile, Dr VG Bhooma, registrar of IIT, Madras, and director of the Central Institute of Tamil, said, “I have come here with a message from Tamil people. And like an ambassador I will carry the message of Punjabis to Tamils. This Granth is about the art of living. While Dr Tarlochan Singh Bedi the translator of the Tamil classic said it conveys the message of love and religion. Commenting on this, Dr Anup Singh, general secretary of Punjabi Sahit Akademi said, “This means there is a lot of similarity between Shri Guru Granth Sahib and Thirukkural.”

Meanwhile, Dr Mutthuvelu, registrar of the Central Institute of Tamil Classic, thanked Dr Bedi and Punjabi Sahit Akademi. On the occasion, a Tamil poet Izhilvedan shared his poetry with the audience. Also, ADGP Sanjeev Kalra was the special guest. He appreciated the efforts of the Central Institute of Tamil and Punjabi Sahit Akademi for all this effort.



Take care of your loved ones
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
To celebrate World Mental Health Day, Manas Foundation, a city-based NGO, organised its eighth annual caregiver meet today. Around 300 caregivers from various parts of Punjab attended the programme. Dr GS Wander, chief cardiologist, Hero Heart DMC Institute, was the chief guest.

Dr Wander highlighted the link of acute and chronic psychological stress with physical and mental health issues such as hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, gastrointestinal problems and various mental illnesses like depression, anxiety, psychosis, drug addiction, violence, suicide, road rage and various adjustment problems.

Dr Sudharsan, professor and head, department of psychiatry, Subharti Medical College and Hospital, Meerut, spoke on schizophrenia, its definition, nature, cause, symptoms and available treatments.

He said 1 per cent of the total population suffered from schizophrenia which was a chronic illness and needed prolonged treatment. He discussed the common symptoms of schizophrenia such as aggression, hearing voices, visual images, suspiciousness, paranoid ideas and disorganised behaviour. He also talked about the new treatment methods of this disease.

Dr Sandip Goyal, psychiatrist, Christian Medical College and Hospital, explained various factors and causes behind relapse of chronic illnesses and what could be done to prevent it.

Dr Rajeev Gupta, psychiatrist, author, speaker and president of the Manas Foundation, Ludhiana, gave tips on how to change life towards positive direction.



Samrala Civil Hospital cries for attention
Gurminder Singh Grewal

(Above) Bushes grown at the Civil Hospital; and stagnant water on the hospital premises at Samrala. Tribune photographs

Samrala, October 12
Although Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is in full swing at several places in the state but the bad condition at the Civil Hospital, Samrala, tells a different story. There are high bushes in several parts of the hospital and standing water has become a den for the mosquitoes to breed and other water-borne diseases to break out.

The hospital authorities are paying no attention towards cleaning of the premises.

The bad condition of the hospital may be judged from the fact that a doctor who was on emergency duty a few days ago was bitten by a snake when he was coming towards hospital from his residence on the premises. Due to the snake bite the doctor concerned was given injections and could be saved after treatment for some days. Reportedly, the condition of bathrooms is also worse.

As per some social activists, including NK Sharma, Shiv Kumar Shivly and Jaspreet Singh, a cleanliness drive should be launched soon for the safety of patients and doctors. They warned that they would be forced to struggle if the condition was not changed immediately.

Meanwhile, Senior Medical Officer (SMO), Samrala, Narinder Kumar said the cleanliness drive was going on and they had initiated work to clear the bushes and the hospital premises would be cleaned in a week.

The SMO confirmed the incident of the snake bite but said it was a minor incident and the doctor was given an injection after which he was out of danger and joined his duty again.



World Arthritis day
Deform cigarettes, and not joints
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
On World Arthritis Day, people and organisations join hands to create awareness about rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. Dr Amit Kansal, rheumatology specialist, DMCH, said rheumatoid arthritis (RA) was a chronic, progressive and disabling autoimmune disease of joints affecting 0.8-1.0 per cent of Indians. “Its onset is generally between 20 and 60 years, although it can occur at any age.

It can lead to substantial loss of functioning and mobility if not treated adequately and timely. The disease can progress rapidly, causing swelling and damage to the joints. Any joint may be affected, but it is commonly the hands, feet and wrists. It can affect the whole body and internal organs such as lungs, heart, skin, nerves and eyes.

Although the exact cause of the RA is unknown, some possible causes are infections, viruses, hormones, diet, smoking and possibly injury. Smoking is undoubtedly an important factor in causing the RA. Although rheumatoid arthritis has a genetic component, the possibility of passing the disease on to a child is extremely small.

The good news is that the prognosis today, if diagnosed and treated early, is significantly better than it was 20-30 years ago and many people have a much better quality of life in spite of having the RA.

The RA is a lot more common than leukaemia, cancers and multiple sclerosis. However, awareness of its severity tends to be restricted to those who are directly affected or their relatives.

Things which lead to joint deformities

  • Long period of self-treatment.
  • Exclusive use of traditional treatment or unproven remedies.
  • Fear of taking painkillers and steroids.
  • Under treatment of pain.
  • Late consultation.



Get primped this festive season
Tribune News Service
Visitors take a look at pashmina shawls and designer jewellery in Ludhiana. Tribune Photos: Himanshu mahajan

Ludhiana, October 12
"Elan 2014”, a two-day exposition showcasing the most exquisite collections, began at Park Plaza today. From limited edition pashminas to stylish designer wear with exclusive watches, heritage jewellery, handbags and expert consultancy in luxurious weddings presented by Ahuja Sons, Frontier Raas, Kapoor Watches, Khanna Jewellers, Judith Leiber and CSV Couture Weddings, the exhibition has it all.

“Ludhiana is an obvious choice for our first luxury exhibition as the audience here has an in-depth knowledge. The products on offer will be well appreciated as the wedding season is just round the corner,” said Tushar Batra from Frontier Raas.

“We have always received a good response,” said Raunaq Kapoor from Kapoor Watches.

A delight for shoppers, Elan, is a fine ensemble of Indian ethnic garments such as saris, bridal lehanga, evening wear, salwar suits, hi-end watches, exclusive designer handbags, crafted jewellery, finest cashmere, best of pashminas, wedding planning and décor by CSV Couture Weddings.



Unified Delivery Centres on anvil
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
The state government is in the process of opening Unified Service Delivery Centres in the state. The centres will be like Suvidha Centres, but the services will be taken from departments such as police, health and transport.

Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal said in Ludhiana district, three Unified Service Delivery Centres would be opened. “As per directions of the state government, we are identifying buildings. We are hopeful of finishing the work by October 15,” said Aggarwal.

Aggarwal said the government had set a 15-month deadline for the completion of the work.

He said the centres would be of great help for villagers, adding that 150 Unified Service Centres would be opened in rural areas while 50 would come up in urban areas.

Inderpreet Singh, a senior citizen, said it was good initiative. “At the same time, the government machinery must ensure that the public is not harassed at such centres. At times, the staff delays work and visitors are forced to make rounds of the centres. Officials should conduct regular checks at the centres so that these function smoothly and the visitors are not made to suffer.”



Looking at remarriage from a different perspective
Tribune News Service

Actors Anup Soni and Smita Bansal will enact a play “Hum Do Hamare Woh” in Ludhiana. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, October 12
One of the most popular on-screen couples, Anup Soni and Smita Bansal, who are known for their effortless chemistry, made an appearance in the city today. Both the actors were in the city to stage a play titled “Hum Do Hamare Woh” being organised by Ludhiana Sanskritik Samagam.

Unlike their solemn TV avatars in the social drama Balika Vadhu, the two play a young, urban married couple in the play, which in fact will be a refreshing change for the audience.

Ironically, like their TV soap, the play too toys with the idea of divorce, remarriage and blind beliefs, albeit in a contrastingly comical way.

“The play carries a strong social message, in a light-hearted manner. The play is also an attack on self-proclaimed Godmen and how even educated persons fall prey to them,” said Soni.

“The play is a comic play about an urban married couple that brings home the message that a wife is a unique person in the world,” added Bansal.

For Anup, this is his first commercial play whereas Smita is playing a comic character after quite a while. Directed by Prasad Khandekar and written and produced by Sanjay Jha, the play promises a lot of humour and a wonderful social message.



MP comes down heavily on state govt
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
MP Ravneet Singh Bittu today flayed the Punjab Government for “letting down” the medal winners of the state by not fulfilling its promise. The MP said: “It’s shameful that the sportspersons who have brought laurels to the state by winning medals at the Commonwealth Games (CWG) and Asian Games are yet to receive Rs 2.65 crore, their share of the prize money as announced by the state government. The Haryana Government has already given the entire prize money of Rs 13.75 crore to all its CWG medal winners.”

He said the Akali Dal-BJP Government had failed to implement the sports policy in the state. “Punjab players are feeling cheated and the inordinate delay in the release of both the cash and the prize money is affecting their motivation levels.”

As per the 2010 sports policy, a player having earned 625 points in various national and international events is entitled to a DSP rank in the Punjab Police.

The cash award in the policy was introduced to compensate the medal winners of national and international sports events for the expenses incurred on diet, training and preparation.



Bankers told to celebrate a gift-free Diwali
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
Public sector banks and insurance companies have been advised by the Finance Ministry to refrain from doling out freebies. Hence, there will be no gifts on Diwali this year.

A senior bank official said they had been issued an advisory to refrain from giving gifts. “Such advisories have been issued to banks and insurance companies,” said the official.

It has been a usual practice for PSU banks and insurance companies to give expensive gifts to officials as part of the their public relation exercise.

Another official from an insurance company said it had been an age old practice.

“Gifts are even exchanged between friends and family. But since the advisory has been issued by the ministry, we will refrain from giving gifts and follow the instructions,” he added.

A retired bank official, Prem Kumar, hailed the move. “We are under immense pressure during Diwali. It is a good step,” he said.



Chaos all the way

It seems that it is raining chaos in the city. Begging, congestion and encroachments have been a bane of the industrial hub. The problems are soaring as the civic authorities are snoring. One can see garbage strewn at every nook and cranny. Accumulation of sewage, waste disposal in the open, flooding, non-functional air compressors at fuel stations, polluting autos and their pathetic road discipline, potholed roads, glaring high-beam lights, poor maintenance of parks and public toilets, dangling old hoardings, filth at the bus stand and the railway station are some of the issues that need to be addressed at the earliest. Political interference, extremely weak and irregular enforcement have only aggravated the problems. The authorities should realise their responsibility and do the needful.

Harpreet Singh, Ludhiana

Say no to crackers

Diwali is no longer celebrated as the "Festival of Lights". Despite the fact that crackers cause noise pollution, these are sold like hotcakes. We all should pledge to celebrate a green Diwali. We should put in efforts to light up the dark.

Navneet Arora, Ludhiana

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TT: Harnoor, Tanya claim titles
Our Sports Reporter

Winners of the Ludhiana District Table Tennis Tournament in Ludhiana on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, October 12
Harnoor Singh and Tanya Munjal reigned supreme, clinching three and two titles, respectively, in the Ludhiana District Table Tennis Tournament that concluded at Shastri Hall today.

Harnoor Singh, a student of DCM Presidency School, emerged champion in the junior boys singles, youth boys and men’s singles to stamp his superiority while Tanya of DAV Public School proved her supremacy in sub-junior girls and junior girls’ sections. In the men’s final, Harnoor Singh quelled a stiff challenge from his rival, Sameer Sharma of GMT Public School whom he overpowered in five sets 11-8, 11-6, 12-10, 8-11 and 11-7. However, in the junior boys singles category, Harnoor faced a little resistance from Sameer before wrapping up the issue 11-9, 11-5 and 11-9.

Harnoor Singh added another title in his kitty when he outclassed Shubham Grover in straight sets 11-9, 11-8 and 13-11 to lay his hands on trophy in the youth boys’ section.

Similarly, Tanya Munjal was at the centre stage as she won the double crown. In the junior girls’ final, Tanya toiled hard to edge out school mate, Yashmilan Kaur 11-9, 13-11 and 11-8. She also proved her mettle in the junior girls’ section when she outplayed Yashmilan Kaur 11-4, 11-9, 7-11 and 13-11. In the youth girls’ final, Bhumika from Guru Nanak Khalsa College defeated Tanya Munjal 11-9, 12-10 and 11-5 to clinch the title while Manmeet Singh beat HS Chhatwal 11-9, 11-7 and 11-5 to lift the title in the men’s veterans category. Rakesh Singh, in charge, Sports Authority of India Training Centre, Ludhiana, distributed prizes among winners.



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