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City sits on heaps of garbage
MC turns a blind eye
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 8
The shortage of diesel during the last few days has affected the lifting of garbage in the city. The garbage that has piled up in different areas is posing threat to the health of residents.

Sanitary workers said trucks of the municipal corporation were not able to make required rounds to lift garbage during the last few days. The diesel shortage was now over but the backlog of litter was yet to be cleared.

Huge piles of waste were lying in many areas as residents complained that stench was emanating all around in the city. They claimed repeated complaints to the authorities had no effect.

Junk was not being lifted from Ferozepore Road near the GADVASU campus for the past 15 days. The dump had swelled and the waste was littered on the road also.

Stench of decomposing waste was all around and nobody was able to pass through the road without covering one's nose.

Similar situation prevailed in Khwaja Kothi and old vegetable market. The garbage was lifted but not regularly as trucks were facing diesel shortage.

Residents complained neither the waste was being lifted nor it was being sprayed with insecticides.

‘‘For weeks together, we have not seen anybody spraying a chemical. Earlier, they used to sprinkle lime powder but not anymore, ’’ said R.L. Mahajan, president of the Technocrats Forum.

‘‘The less said the better about garbage dump on Ferozepore Road. It is always stinking and people cannot breathe while passing through near it, ’’ said Mahajan.

Ram Sajjan, a sanitary worker, said MC trucks did not lift garbage for the last fortnight. ‘‘This was the reason the dump had swelled up. We have not seen anybody lifting it, ’’ he said.

B.K. Gupta, joint commissioner, MC, however, refuted all allegations that garbage was not being lifted. He said everyday seven trucks lift the garbage from Ferozepore Road. The waste generated was so much everyday that if it was not cleared on daily basis, it would look like a mountain of litter, he said.

The residents, however, differed with him. They said the garbage lying there was quite old. Frequent rains were making things worse as it started putrefying easily.

Ashwini Sahota, chief sanitary inspector, Zone-B, said the problem would be sorted out soon. He said due to diesel shortage the backlog was yet to be cleared. Things would look up within a day or two, he added.

Gupta said they had made alternate arrangements to get over the diesel shortage. It had started getting fuel from two more filling stations to suffice the daily need.


Health department pulls up MC
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 8
Health officials have expressed concern over the heaps of garbage, lying exposed in prevailing weather, adding that it could result in outbreak of cholera, gastroenteritis, jaundice and hepatitis.

Dr R.S. Garewal, district epidemiologist, said the probability of outbreak would increase manifold if the garbage was not cleared at the earliest.

Garbage dumped in residential colonies would invite flies, mosquitoes and other insects, thereby exposing residents to higher risk of infections.

However, the department has not received reports of any such case from any locality in the city, Dr Garewal said.

"But there is a variation in the incubation period of the diseases following which the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation should take proper measures to clear the accumulated waste," the official added.

Giving tips for removing impurities from potable water, the official asked residents to boil water, add chlorine tablets to water or sieve the water through a double fold muslin cloth keeping it under sun in crystal bottle for two hours before consuming it.

The officials have urged the Municipal Corporation to clear the accumulated waste from streets, roadsides and vacant plots in residential areas so as to ensure good health of the people.

Dr S.P. Sharma, civil surgeon, Ludhiana, said teams of department officials were visiting different localities to create health awareness among people.

"People can approach the Health Department round the clock on the helpline number 2444193 in case of any emergency," Dr Sharma said.



Hockey talent made to cut grass
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 8
Want to learn hockey? Cut the grass first. The offer sounds absurd and yet it holds true in case of girls who are selected in the hockey wing being run by the Punjab education department at Government Senior Secondary School for Girls at Bharat Nagar Chowk here.

"Questions have always been raised on the poor performance of the hockey player at the international level but no one ever has looked into the kind infrastructure that has been provided to these players at the grassroot level", a girl said wiping loads of sweat on her forehead.

The players who were selected on the basis of their hockey skills were made to cut the grass with a sword as ground man has not been provided by the department.

The girls complained that despite their repeated requests, no ground man had been provided by the school authorities. In absence of any response, the players decided to clear the ground by themselves.

One of the players said every time they had to clear the ground in order to make it fit for practice.

When the Tribune correspondent reached the ground, a staffer of the school, said, "The school groundsmen are usually absent from their duties and the hockey players have to bear the brunt for the lackadaisical attitude of the authorities."

A hockey player, who was cutting the wild grass said, "The authorities always blame the players for the poor performance but have they ever thought what kind of facilities they are providing to us?"

Another hockey player on the condition of anonymity said, "We have been kept away from basic facilities. We do not ask for expensive astroturf. The only demand we have made is to provide us a proper playing field and that too has not been provided by the government."

"What is the use of providing hostel facilities to the player when a ground is not being provided by the government. We did not know that we are recruited to cut the grass and not to play hockey," a player said.

Kamaljit Kaur, principal, Government Senior Secondary School for Girls, said, "The grass cutting machine suddenly broke down and the girls in order to finish the work quickly helped the grounds man."

While, a teacher on the condition of anonymity, said, "Such situation was bound to happen as no permanent ground man has been provide by the department to look after the institution. The school authorities have made repeated requests to the education department but no action has been taken so far."



Marital disputes drive them to end life
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 8
Two bodies recovered from Sidhwan Canal near Issewal village three days ago have turned out to be of two local youths who, confronted with problems arising out of matrimony, chose to commit suicide.

Belonging to different parts of the city and struggling with their problems, both lay dead together stuck under the bridge of the Sidhwan canal.

One of them was Pardeep Kumar, a dalit youth of old Bazaar, Sahnewal. His burden was the guilt of lying to his Brahmin wife about his caste.

His family told the Hambran police, Pardeep, an insurance agent, was under depression when his wife and her parents learnt the fact. Though his wife did not desert him, she was hurt.

He began staying away from the home and often wept before his wife about his guilt. He was missing for five days.

DSP Paramjit Singh Goraya told Ludhiana Tribune the family did not approach the police as it had become quite common for him to reach home after staying away for many days.

The second youth, Suresh Kumar, a three-wheeler driver of New Subash Nagar, Basti Jodhewal, here, was fighting loneliness. His wife had divorced him and taken away their 10-year-old son.

Suresh was often staying away from his home. DSP Goraya said his family revealed Suresh was unhappy for the past couple of months and rarely spent a night home.

The postmortem examination conducted by doctors in Jagraon civil hospital reported the two had died of drowning. There were no injury marks to suggest foul play.



Mayor not invited at MC house anniversary
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 8
Fissures within SAD leaders in the municipal corporation's general house came to the fore today when several party councillors, owing allegiance to Simarjit Singh Bains group, celebrated the first anniversary of the house among themselves here.

Mayor Hakam Singh Gyaspura was, however, not present. Sources said he was not invited on the occasion.

The development washed away all assertions that Gyaspura and Bains were now together and they had buried all difference following intervention by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

While Bains maintained that the function was not pre-organised as just an assistant of a councillor arranged for the cake and called them up.

Interestingly, all councillors close to Bains, including Jagbir Singh Sokhi, Parminder Soma, Jaspal Sandhu, Kamaljit Singh Karwal, Swaranjit Chahal and Satpal Singh Lohara, were present on the occasion.

Bains was a strong contender for the post of the city's mayor when the SAD-BJP was elected to the house. He had the support of a number of councillors and was being projected as a young and energetic candidate for the post.

He was said to be close to Sukhbir Badal. But then Gyaspura was named the Mayor. This had left Bains very angry. He had expressed his displeasure publicly also.



2 die in car-truck collision
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 8
Two persons, including a constable, were crushed inside a car which collided head on with a truck near Kothari Resorts, Ludhiana-Ferozepore road, last midnight.

The car went under the truck. The two, identifed as constable Jugraj Singh and driver Gurpreet Singh, were attached with SDM, Mansa.

The accident caused traffic jam and a police crane, called to lift the truck, could not reach the spot.



Tête-à-tête with Labh Janjua
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 8
“The journey from Khanna to Mumbai was a wisdom trip as it helped me evolve as an individual and a singer,” said Labh Janjua, renowned Bollywood singer from Punjab.

Keeping up with his reputation of being a performer, Labh held on to the mike entertaining people with his all-time hits.

The singer was in the city for the premiere of Akshay Kumar starrer 'Singh is King' held at PVR Cinema. “Ji karda mera ji karda”, a track from the same movie, is already a hit among his fans.

Accredited with 48 catchy numbers in Hindi movies, the singer is all set to establish himself as a lyricist. Witty yet poised, Labh defined himself as a versatile performer as he regaled the audience with “Pyar mein kya mila”, a high-pitched Hindi song.

"I have penned this song for Salman Khan's forthcoming film which has made me confident to keep up with my writing spree. The song has helped me clear the doubts about my diction in Hindi language," the singer said.

Giving a glimpse of his versatility, Labh has sung a song for a Bhojpuri song "Aag
lage sayian".

"I have a special regard for famous Hindi film music director Pritam known for his Punjabi beats as we have given some biggest hits to the industry," revealed Labh.

“Bhape Pyar Kar ke pachtaya”, “Soni de nakhre sone lagde”, “Yaara dhol baja ke” are amongst my favourite numbers,” the singer adds.

The singer, recounting his most memorable moments in the film industry, said, "Time came to a standstill when I was given the harmonium used by Lata Mangeshkarji for one of my songs. It was the biggest reward of my life."

The star singer called upon the people of Punjab to participate in the campaign against female foeticide initiated by city-based NGO Aadhar Foundation.



PRTC seeks legal action against pvt transporters
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 8
The Pepsu Road Transport Corporation has urged the regional transport authority, Patiala, to initiate legal action against those private transporters whose drivers and conductors had been violating norms by not entering the local bus stand during trips between Ludhiana and Malerkotla towns.

The regional transport authorities had tried to shield the erring transporters on the plea that they (transporters), as a token of arrival at bus stand, had produced receipts for adda fee, purportedly issued by outsourcing contractor.

Undertaking by office-bearers of a few social and political organisation of the area, led by Ved Parkash was also presented as evidence in favour of transporters.

Taking cognisance of alleged scam, involving issue of adda fee receipts without arrival of buses at bus stop, the corporation authorities have also cancelled outsourcing contract and taken up the control of the stop in their own hands.

Perusal of records revealed that the GM, PRTC, Sangrur, has urged the regional transport authority secretary, Patiala, to initiate action against the private transporters for violating norms by dropping passengers at Pohir village and not entering the local bus stand.

The action had been initiated on complaints lodged by Sikander Singh of Chhappar. In a communication addressed to the transport authority and Sikander Singh, the general manager alleged that the staff of a large number of buses used to procure adda fee receipts from the contractor without reaching the bus stop.

Referring to weekly reports submitted to district transport officer at Sangrur, the PRTC authorities regretted that private transporters caused financial loss to corporation and state-run buses.



Centre adopting double standard: Panel
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 8
Charging the Union government with adopting double standard on the issue of the land allotment to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board in Srinagar, Shri Amarnath Yatra Welfare Organisation has urged the President of India to intervene and find out an amicable solution to the imbroglio.

In a memorandum to President Pratibha Patil, forwarded through SAD (B) Lok Sabha member Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, functionaries of the body alleged that the then Jammu and Kashmir government had revoked the allotment order of the land to the shrine board after nine days of agitation.

However, even as the agitation against the cancellation of allotment has been going on in Jammu region for the past 38 days and nine precious lives have also been lost so far, the Union government, which was ruling the state through the Governor, had failed to take strict actions for restoring normalcy in the strife-torn Jammu region.

Amar Pal Sharma, chairman, and Rajinder Sharma, president of the organisation, maintained that the coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir had buckled under the pressure mounted by the fundamentalists and the land allotment to the shrine board was revoked at the instance of the PDP, which later went on to withdraw its support to the Congress.



Girl succumbs to burns
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, August 8
Activists of the Pendu Mazdur Union staged a protest against the Punjab police for its inability to arrest two residents of Rasulpur village.

It is alleged that the duo had compelled a 17-year-old girl to commit suicide. Sandeep Kaur (17) of Rasulpur village was under tremendous pressure as Janta Singh and Nikka of Rasulpur village used to compel her to meet them.

However, she used to rebuff them. Ultimately she committed suicide by setting herself ablaze on July 27.

She was admitted to the local civil hospital with 85 per cent burns. A case was registered against the two men under Sections 306, 511, 506 and 34 of the IPC. 



‘Singh is Kinng’ released amid tight security
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 8
Akshaya Kumar-Katrina Kaif starrer "Singh is King" released at seven cinema halls in the city amidst heavy police security.

Additional force was deployed at Arti, Society, Waves, PVR, Preet Palace, Shingar and Orient cinemas.

There were reports of violence over the movie in Amritsar. There was no report of any violence or protest over the movie in any part of the city.



Marathi play staged
Tribune News Service

Mandi Gobindgarh, August 8
The National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS), Patiala, and the North Zone Cultural Centre, presented a satire “Kul Bartaant” at Gobindgarh Public School auditorium.

The society as a part of its “Tiranga Theatre Fortnight” will also stage this satire in Fatehgarh Sahib, Sangrur and Patiala districts.

According to the NTAS director Pran Sabharwal, the play is a Punjabi adaptation of Varindavan Dandvate’s Marathi play, depicting various sad and happy happenings in the life of a veteran duo.

Bahadur Singh, principal of the school, inaugurated the programme. Prizes were given to 30 participants and theatre workshop experts.



Awareness camp on foeticide
Our Correspondent

Khamano, August 8
An awareness camp on female foeticide was organised at Manpur village under the command of Khamano CDPO Sunita Rani.

In her address, the CDPO said people should come forward to stop foeticide to save the coming generations.

She said the government was working against this menace and social organisations should also come forward against it. She said women were leading on all fronts and they should be allowed to born and live.

Students of Guru Nanak Public School presented poems on female foeticide. Circle supervisor Santosh Rani, Kamla Kapil, teachers Amandeep Kaur and Gagandeep Singh expressed their views. Village sarpanch Manjit Kaur thanked the guests.



Dismantle toll plaza: BSP
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 8
Activists of the state unit of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) staged a dharna and blocked traffic for more than half-an-hour at Satluj toll plaza here yesterday.

They were demanding removal of toll plaza from Satluj bridge with immediate effect. The delegation headed by M.P. Singh Goraya, general secretary of the state unit of the BSP, submitted a memorandum to the SDM Phillaur in this regard.

M.P.Singh said the setting up of the toll plaza near Satluj Bridge would affect the dairy business of people residing at Phillaur and Goraya.



13 power theft cases in Doraha
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 8
In the course of its drive against power theft, the enforcement machinery of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has now turned its attention towards small towns and villages falling in the suburban and Khanna circles of the Central Zone.

Sukhjinder Singh Sidhu, a senior executive engineer, Doraha, said a team of officials carried out an inspection of the residential and commercial premises and also energy meters of more than 100 consumers in Doraha on Thursday.

At the end of the day, 13 cases of power theft were established and a penalty
of Rs 5.64 lakh was imposed on the defaulting consumers, who were from the
domestic category.

Sidhu said in almost all cases, power was being stolen through “kundis” hooked onto the joints in PVC feeder wires. The campaign against the power theft would continue and the defaulters would face the music, he added.



Ramdev’s wax statue unveiled
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 8
Chander Shekhar Prabhakar, wax sculptor, unveiled the life-size statue of Baba Ramdev on his (Prabhakar’s) 62nd birthday today.

Statue of Ramdev is Chander Shekhar’s 30th creation. Earlier, he had moulded wax into beautiful statues of prominent personalities and many of them are exhibited at Hardy’s World here.

‘‘I was inspired to create Baba Ramdev’s statue as he is the one to take Yoga to every house in India. The Yoga became a household name only after he started listing its benefits. And the Indians needed it the most to keep ill affects of stressful life at bay,’’ said Prabhakar, while unveiling the baba’s statue in his characteristic saffron attire.

It took two months for Prabhakar to create the statue. “I collected his pictures
some time ago.



Wedding expo kicks off
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 8
Wedding Asia-08 kicked off here today. The expo has more than 70 participants from across the country and overseas.

Apart from trousseau collection, the exhibition offers precious and semi-precious jewellery, home furnishings, furniture, artefacts, accessories and travel information.

The expo is divided in three segments named jewellery, haute couture and lifestyle fashion accessories.



Bhandari to officiate as DSO
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 8
Jaswinder Singh Bhandari, a senior basketball coach, was appointed officiating district sports officer, Ludhiana, today.

He was officiating as acting district sports officer since May 1 when his predecessor, Gianinder Singh Sandhu, relinquished the office after seeking premature retirement.

Bhandari, an NIS-trained coach (1978), got his first posting at sports wing run by the education department, Punjab, Kapurthala, in 1979 where he remained for three years. He was transferred to Ludhiana in 1982.

The cagers trained by Bhandari emerged district champions for three consecutive years and five of them were selected to represent the state in the National Schools Games held at Bhopal in 1982-83.



City Concerns

Rains usually bring joy but certainly not for the residents of Punjab’s financial capital, Ludhiana. Just an hour of downpour leaves the city deluged.

And it’s not only the low-lying areas that suffer the brunt. Even posh localities get flooded, leading to all sorts of problems for the residents and daily commuters.

The residents have protested on numerous occasions and the media have never failed to highlight the problem. But the administration has so far done little to offer any solutions.

The administration passes the buck on the MC, which in turn says that the sewerage and the storm water discharge system has outlived its utility.

They, together, also blame the residents for disposing garbage mindlessly, leading to chocking of drains and sewerage.

Who exactly is to be blamed for this mess? Are their any solutions or has the situation reached a point of no return? Isn’t the administration trying to wash its hands off its own responsibilities by blaming the residents? Or do we really lack civic sense? The Ludhiana Tribune invites its readers to write their opinion on this issue.

Readers can email their responses, in not more that 200 words, to ludhianaconcerns@tribunemail.com or send them to our City Office at Bhadaur House, Ludhiana. — City Editor



BCM celebrates World Senior Citizens’ Day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 8
World Senior Citizens’ Day was celebrated in a unique manner at BCM School, Dugri, here, today. A programme titled 'Dada Dadi ki Kahania' was organised in order to bring the students close to their grandparents and to make them understand their value in their lives.

To inculcate such values among the children, grandparents of students of KG section were invited. Teachers and students together enacted a one-act play with the theme which dealt with situation of the senior citizens.

RAKHI: Rakhi was celebrated at Baba Isher Singh Senior Secondary Public School , BRS Nagar, here today. Around 120 students from Classes nursery, LKG and UKG participated in this activity. Tinytots of the school tied rakhies on the wrists of their classmates and the school principal distributed sweets among the children.

CELEBRATED: The festival of Teej was celebrated on the premises of GMT Public School here today. Girls from Classes IX to XII participated in giddha and mehndi competition. "Sohni Mutiyar", a fashion show, was organised. Surinder Kaur Thind and Harpreet Kaur Thind were the chief guests.

TEEJ: The festival of Teej was celebrated with gaiety at Love Dale here today. School children were dressed up in colourful traditional attires. A picnic like atmosphere was created in the school as the children enjoyed swings and danced to the tunes of filmy numbers.

FUNCTION: A function was organised to install an English language lab at Kundan Vidya Mandir today. Eye-specialist Dr Lajpat Rai was the chief guest.

PLANTATION DRIVE: Ryan International School students have started a plantation drive in several parts of the city here today. This plantation drive will continue till August 24, the foundation day of the school.

Jayasheri, principal of the school said, “The need to save the environment and keep it clean is known to us. However, the fact is that in our busy lives and in our quest to acquire more and more material wealth, we are ignoring our environment.”

Students went to the Civil Hospital and E.S.l. Hospital, Bharat Nagar Chowk and planted 50 saplings in each hospital. The authorities were glad and appreciated the efforts of the school and students.

TALENT SEARCH: The primary students of K.V.M. conducted a talent search programme, at the city branch, here today. The function was presided over by the Headmistress, Namita Raj Singh. Solo Dance performance by Vanika of Nehru house created a unique atmosphere of festivity and fervour.

All were excited to see the sets of Mughal Darbar, as once again Birbal solved the difficult case with his wit and charm in the skit named ‘Akbar and Birbal’ by Tagore house. The actors were congratulated and were given prizes by the principal.



SGHPS student wins science seminar
Our Correspondent

Doraha, August 8
Jaspreet Singh Nagi of Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Doraha, has brought laurels to his school and town.

He bagged the first position at block-level and at district-level in the science seminar held at Government Senior Secondary School, PAU, Ludhiana, recently.

This seminar was organised by the district science department. The topic for this year was ‘Water Crisis on Earth - Problems and Remedies’. Jaspreet presented his topic through transparencies with the help of an OHP.

Surinder Kaushal, science teacher of SGHPS, guided Jaspreet in preparing the
topic. M. Vinayak, principal of SGHPS, congratulated Jaspreet and his parents
on his success.

This is the fourth time that a student of Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Doraha, will represent Ludhiana district at the state-level science seminar that will be held later this month.



PAU lads win soccer title
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 8
Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, edged out Government Senior Secondary School, Dhanansu, 4-1 to lift the title in the Ludhiana District Inter-School Football Championship (u-19) organised by the District Football Association, Ludhiana, which concluded at Guru Nanak Stadium here yesterday.

The issue was resolved via penalty shoot out as the two teams were tied 1-all at the end of the stipulated period.

Earlier, in the second final played in the morning, Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU, outclassed Government Senior Secondary School, Jandiali, 4-0 to set up the title clash with the PAU lads.

In first semifinal on Wednesday, Government Senior Secondary School, Dhanansu, defeated AS Senior Secondary School, Khanna, in an identical fashion 4-0.

Vijay Rai Dhanda, wife of Harish Rai Dhanda, chief parliamentary secretary, Punjab, was the chief guest.



BVM judokas excel
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 8
Judokas from Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Urban Estate, Dugri, gave stupendous performance and bagged 10 medals in the Ludhiana District Schools Judo Tournament organised by the education department at the multi-purpose indoor hall of Guru Nanak Sports Complex here.

The medals winning students are Taranpreet Singh, Jogesh Kumar and Barinder Singh in the boys u-14 years section while Shubham Setia, Sehajdeep Singh and Mastan Singh in the boy's u-17 years category and Manpreet Kaur, Sakshi Dutta, Parveena and Bavleen Kaur in the girl's u-14 years section.

Principal of the school Anu Gupta congratulated the students for bringing fame to the school and wished them more success.



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