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Synthetic Milk
Dairy owner booked 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
District Health authorities today booked Sukhdev Singh, a dairy owner, under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act for preparing synthetic milk. Food inspector Dr Harjot raided the premises of the dairy farmer today and caught him red handed with 100 empty packets of the powered milk and 150 litres of milk prepared for the same.

The man was into this business for years together. The raid was conducted following a complaint lodged by a consumer. Dr Harjot added that the dairy owner owned 200 heads of cattle.

“We will ensure that people guilty of violating the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act are taken to task”, added the food inspector.

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After tehsildar, SP ‘beaten up‘
Harish Kumar was ‘thrashed’ by doc’s staff, guards 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News service

Ludhiana, July 11
Close on the heels of an assault on a tehsildar, a senior police official, Harish Kumar was allegedly beaten up by Dr Manoj Sobti, his staff and security guards employed in Sobti Hospital in the wee hours today.

SP (City) Headquarters, Harish Kumar, sustained injuries near his eyes and was admitted to DMC.

According to sources, this incident took place at a marriage party in Whistling Woods on the Ferozepur road yesterday night. Amit Kothari, an industrialist, and Dr Sobti were found hurling abuses at each other.

Dr Sobti then left the venue for hospital. Amit Kothari allegedly followed Dr Sobti to the hospital and again started abusing him.

Later, relatives of Amit Kothari also reached Dr Sobti’s hospital and the situation became tense.

Harish Kumar, SP, who is stated to be close to both groups, went to settle the dispute, but as soon as he entered the hospital the guards and hospital staff without any provocation thrashed him.

Amit Kothari and his relatives managed to escape but the security guards nabbed Harish Kumar.

Before Dr Sobti could identify Harish Kumar, the latter was beaten black and blue.

The news of beating up of the SP Headquarters spread like a wildfire and the entire police department sprung into action.

Meanwhile, Kothari and Dr Sobti have levelled serious allegation against each other.

Amit Kothari has levelled charges of abduction against Dr Sobti. On the other hand Dr Sobti has charged Amit of trespassing.

SP (Detective) SK Kalia stated that investigation was going on. He, however, stated that the SP (Headquarters) did not receive any injury in the incident.

Harish Kumar was not available for comments. Police sources said the SP had left the city soon after receiving first aid from the hospital.

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IMA seeks action
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
The district unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has demanded strict action against those responsible for attacking district chief of the association Dr Manoj Sobti.

According to reports, ‘musclemen” of city businessman Gopi Kothari allegedly assaulted Sobti during a wedding party yesterday night.

Talking to mediapersons here today, Sobti alleged that Kothari was in an inebriated condition and was using vulgar language during a wedding party. “We entered an argument, but the matter was resolved and I went home with my family,” said Sobti.

However, he said: “The matter did not end here as Kothari reached my home at around 2.30 pm with two cars full of his musclemen and attacked me and my son. Even the SP (Headquarters) was with Kothari.”

Vice-president of the state IMA Dr Arun Mitra said the issue would be taken up with the higher authorities. He said those behind the attack should be booked and action should be taken against the police official accompanying Kothari's men.

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Ammo Depot
Role of revenue, PSEB officials under scanner
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
With the issue of illegal constructions near 17-Field Ammunition Depot, Baddowal, assuming centre-stage, the role of revenue officials, Punjab State Electricity Board, has come under a cloud.

The fact that a number of sale deeds were registered as the land and houses were sold after 1983, when the ammunition depot was notified, brings the role of revenue and PSEB officials under scanner.

While there was a ban on mushrooming of colonies within 1,000 meters of outer parapet of 17-Field Ammunition Depot, 90 per cent of colonies and houses came up only within three decades. The revenue officials registered the sale deeds and the PSEB officials provided power connections to these houses, commercial establishments and marriage palaces in an unauthorised area.

While the district administration put up boards in different corners of the prohibited area, the sale deeds were registered and power supply connection provided. A number of power supply connections were provided just a few days before elections, sources said.

They added if an inquiry is ordered into the mushrooming of these colonies, many skeletons would tumble out of the closet.

‘‘There are a number of connections that were provided in April and May, well before the elections. All this speaks volumes about how the people in power have been flouting the norms, ’’ said a resident of the area.

He said although the politicians and officials were aware that this area was unauthorised and would be demolished any day, they did not shy away from providing them with power connections. ‘‘They should have said a no to all this. But this continued. Now property worth crores faces demolition, ’’ he added. 

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Australian Dreams - V
Condition of girls no better
Ambitious Punjabi youth use them as tool to immigrate
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
If the boys are passing through a miserable phase in Australia, then the condition of girls studying Down Under is no better.

Facing all kind of social stigmas and racialism, the situation of girls is no different whether they are in Australia or in India. For over ambitious men in Punjab, these innocent girls are being used as a tool to immigrate to Australia.

Back home, they are looked with a sense of suspicion. If the girl is married and her spouse is in India, then the girl will have to face character assassination by her spouse everyday.

For a girl studying and simultaneously keeping the honour intact in Australia is a difficult task, said, an MBA student who has just come on vacation from Melbourne.

In comparison with the boys, the ratio of girls facing racialism at work is very high, claims a girl studying in Sidney.

She said the indelible wit to work hard make the natives jealous of them.

A majority of the girls are undergoing immense psychological trauma because at work they are victims of racialism and at home they are blamed for having bad character.

“I have to give every bit of detail to our spouses, whenever I reach home late. For me it seems like a never-ending struggle, as first I have to attend a college, then rush to work and even cook a dinner at home.

Sharing her experience with The Tribune, a Ludhiana-based girl doing her hospitality course in Sydney said, “I got married without my parent’s consent in India and flew to Australia to complete my course. I am striving hard to get a permanent residency, but at work I have been a victim of racialism and was forced to leave my job. And that is not enough, unfortunately my husband, who lives in India, always suspects that I am having an affair with a someone in Australia and deliberately delaying the process of his immigration to Australia.”

Narrating a pitiable situation of girl students, a girl who recently completed her course said, “Recession and racial attack has an adverse effect on the girls living Australia, with no jobs at hand many of those who hails from humble families have been subjected to protestation also.”

According to a travel agent in comparison with men, more women are coming up with contract marriage system and earning rich mullah also.

According to sources, a Jagraon-based woman has so far been successful in taking nine boys via contract marriage.

“It is very difficult to make both ends meet in Australia, especially for girl. We could hardly find a room partner here and have to bear the heavy room rent alone,” said a girl student.

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7 Cong men hurt in brawl
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
Seven persons were injured, one of them seriously, when supporters of former Congress minister, Malkit Singh Birmi and District Congress president, Jagmohan Sharma clashed during a thanksgiving rally of MP Manish Tewari.

The incident took place before Tewari’s arrival, when Sharma’s supporters were raising slogans in favour of the party inside the venue.

Soon, Birmi along with his supporters, who were brandishing swords reached the spot and started assaulting Sharma’s supporters.

Manpreet Singh, alias Laddi, sustained serious multiple injuries. Six other also sustained injuries in the brawl. In the melee, the former minister even allegedly slapped Jagmohan Sharma in full public view.

According to Sharma, it was a planned attack by Birmi’s men to foil the thanks giving of Manish Tiwari. Sharma said Birmi’s supporters had taken the swords inside the hall in a box prior to Tewari’s address.

Meanwhile, Birmi supporters entered the pandal and told Jagmohan Sharma and his supports to leave the venue. They even hurled abuses at Sharma and his supporters.

They even attacked Laddi with swords. Two assailant ‘the video of which is with The Tribune’ took out swords and attacked Sharma’s supporters. Jagmohan supporters ran helter-skelter for cover. Meanwhile, Birmi caught hold of Jagmohan and slapped him in full public view.

Later, Sharma and his supporters staged a dharna at CMC and the Samrala Chowk.

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HRD panel belies Punjab’s claim
State can only boast of primary-level infrastructure
Sheetal Chawla
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
The Punjab government’s claim of having the best infrastructure in education in the state has been belied by the National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) of the Human Resource and Development Ministry. Punjab can only boast of primary-level infrastructure if compared with other states but it lags behind in other front.

According to the report submitted by NUEPA, teachers index for Punjab in the primary level is 0.639 and it’s ranked 18.The situation is alarming when it’s compared with Chandigarh which is at No. 1 and Delhi at three and even Haryana has improved its position from 23 to 13 since last year. This situation arose due to the high number of single-teacher primary schools in Punjab (11.18 per cent). The state lags behind in this front in comparison to Haryana with 4.24, Delhi and Chandigarh both having no such school. Even Bihar has only 7.86 per cent single-teacher primary schools.

However, Punjab tops in infrastructure index but it is restricted to primary level only. For upper primary level, the state has to be satisfied with third position only with Haryana bagging the first position. The private schools in Punjab have better infrastructure as on an average a private school in Punjab has got 12.5 classrooms. For a government school in Punjab, it is 4.3 even lower than Haryana with 4.5 and far below Delhi with 17.8 classrooms per school. In this age of the information technology, only 11.10 per cent primary schools in Punjab can provide the facility of computers, which is lower than Haryana and Rajasthan. Delhi with 70.24, Kerala 66.49 and Chandigarh with 73.9 per cent primary schools having computers are the leaders.

Punjab’s access index in 2006-07 was 0.526 and it ranked 16 in comparison to other states and UTs. In 2007-08, the state has slipped to 23rd position with access index at 0.487. The reason for this poor showing that there are only six primary schools in the state for a population of 1,000 children in the age-group of six to 11 years and for upper primary schools to serve 1000 child population in the age-group of 11 to 14. The same is 22 and 15, respectively, in the neighbouring state Himachal Pradesh. In case of upper primary schools, Punjab stands at No. 16 in 2007-08, three positions down from 2006-07. In five years from 2002-03 to 2007-08, the Punjab government opened only 161 new primary schools whereas Haryana opened 547, Himachal 354 and Rajasthan 12477 new primary schools in this period.

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Fee Hike Part-II
Anomalies found in DPS fee structure
Sheetal Chawla
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
Additional Deputy Commissioner Kuldip Singh in his inquiry report has found some of the irregularities being committed by the private schools affiliated with the CBSE.

Kuldip was asked by the Deputy Commissioner to hold an inquiry into the allegations made by the Hindu Sikh Jagriti Sena and Parents’ Association against the management of the private schools by hiking fee and other charges. He examined the records of 13 CBSE-affiliated schools.

While examining the fee structure of Delhi Public School (DPS), Kuldip Singh has observed, “From the perusal of the statement and fee structure for 2007-08 and 2008-09, it is found that the school has increased the school fee to Rs 100 per month in 2008-09 and to Rs 350 per month in the 2009-10.

In 2007-08 and 2008-09, they charged Rs 300 in cash, as the cost of registration form at the time of purchase of forms, similarly, they charged the registration and processing fee of Rs 700 at the time of registration, which is non-refundable which comes to Rs 1000. In 2009-10, the cost of the registration form has been increased by Rs 200 (from Rs 300 to Rs 500). The cost of prospectus and registration charges is one and the same thing. The school should charge either registration charges or prospectus cost. They are charging twice for the same thing. Similarly, in the fee structure of 2007-08, new admission charges are Rs 49,000 but in 2009-10, they have been increased to Rs 55,000.”

With regard to the fee structure of Sat Paul Mittal School, the Additional Deputy Commissioner has found, “From the perusal of the fee structure for the past three years, no enhancement in any kind of fee has been made by the school and they have also mentioned that the amount will be charged in lump sum i.e. Rs 44,700 for all external examinations and annual function charges during the year and from this year parents will not be asked now and then to deposit some charges on account of the external examination or annual function.”

The lump sum charges are as under for 2009-10: Admission fee (one time, new admission) Rs 2,000, development fund (one time) Rs 25,000, annual charges Rs 5,000, external examination fee and annual function charges Rs 2,000, computer fee (per annum) Rs 600, smart classes (per annum) Rs 3,000, PSA (Parents School Association) Rs 100, caution security (refundable) Rs 5,000 and tuition fee (per month) Rs 2,000, respectively.

Books will be outsourced and will be sold by Brownie Book Corporation as per the MRP. Uniforms are outsourced and being sold by Global Uniform as per the MRP.

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Students learn lesson on creative arts
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, July 11
Students of Peace Public School participated in a summer camp held on the school premises. Intense heat of the season could not persuade them from enjoying the myriad fun filled activities.

They learnt certain new creative arts, like cooking, art and craft, clay modelling, dance and dramatics. Students relished sumptuous food items, like sandwiches, yummy shakes, fruit cream, pizzas and sprouts.

Tiny tots also presented a show highlighting the importance of nutritious diet.

In order to arouse scientific curiosity, some science magical tricks were shown to the campers. They also learnt how to play lazium, dumb-bell and school band.

Various games were also organised in the playground. The students rejuvenated themselves in their vacations by becoming active participants of the camp.

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MC gives two hoots to residents
Accumulation of rain, sewer water
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, July 11
Heavy downpour, apart from giving respite to people, is giving trouble for those who are already suffering due to the accumulation of sewer water in their locality for the past several years.

The locals especially those residing in ward No. 3, ward No. 4 (Rama street), ward No.5, ward No. 7, Araichan road, Kaushal Street, Gobindpura Mohalla, street adjoining the Shere- Punjab Dhaba, Lakkar Mandi, Dashmesh Nagar, street adjoining Mangat Dental Clinic generally remain inundated with foul smelling water. Even a slight downpour is sufficient for the water to accumulate and create hurdles for the passers bys and the residents.

The street adjoining Shere- Punjab Dhaba from the exterior and Kaushal Street towards the interior remains flooded with sewer water. The school and college going students, bank and other employees general pass through this route, the shortest one. The passers by have to wade their way over the temporarily placed bricks with their nostrils covered. The schoolchildren can be found slipping while crossing the mossy street. Apart from this, it is proving to be a serious health hazard for the residents. Repeated reminders and regular pleas to the municipal corporation have fallen on deaf ears as the latter has failed to provide a solution to this problem. “The stagnant water has proved to be congenial breeding ground for the mosquitoes and other flies more so with the heralding of monsoon” the residents rued.

The accumulation of sewer water for more than a week in a particular street of ward No. 5 has made the life of the locals miserable. The municipal council seems to be least bothered about this sorry state of affairs as this has not only made the life of the passers by and the residents a hell. The residents complain that the sanitary employees are not even bothered about its early evacuation for days together or if at all they are, it is most casual.

“Moreover, the chances of sewer water mixing with drinking water pipes is also not a distant possibility. And if this happens we are sure none is going to come to our rescue with almost negligible health facilities here”, the residents of this ward added.

The residents complain that outbreak of an epidemic cannot be rule out in this area. “In such a weather, waterborne diseases as typhoid, jaundice, gastroenteritis etc can spread in no time if conditions like this are allowed to prevail”, they regret. 

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World Population Day
Education key to check population growth 
Tribune Reporters

Mandi Ahmedgarh/ Khamano, July 11
Unchecked population growth in the country, particularly in rural areas has eaten into the benefits of technological and scientific developments.

A coordinated move by NGOs and government agencies can help curb the menace of population explosion by educating the masses. These observations were made during a seminar organised at a hospital here today.

Addressing the gathering and office-bearers of social, medical and educational organisations, speakers apprehended that the nation would not be able to harness the benefits of technological and scientific development until the reckless population growth was checked.

In his keynote address, Dr KC Goyal, former district health officer, regretted that there were still some sections of the society that failed to appreciate the significance of a small family norm.

“Despite best efforts by officials of our department, these families still consider more children to be their asset. They argue that every child is born with two hands to work and one mouth to be fed. We have to make them realise that each mouth is bound to be fed whereas all hands do not work efficiently,” said Dr Goyal.

Stating that the government schemes could not be implemented without the help of social organisations, he called upon the office-bearers of NGOs to associate with officials of the health department in educating the masses about the benefits of a small family.

Dr Punit Hind, director of the host institute, and Dr Ravinder Sharma, president, Rotary Cub, said the population explosion was also responsible for spurt in petty crimes in towns and cities. Referring to media reports, the duo said a majority of accused nabbed hailed from large families living in slums.

Meanwhile, the World Population Day was also celebrated at the public health centre, Khamano.

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Power Crisis
Streetlights remain on during daytime
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, July 11
While on the one hand due to power shortage, the government is issuing strict instructions to save the power, the local municipal council seems to stand as a case apart.

As has been observed, the streetlights, nowadays, are generally found switched off even during the night at Ludhiana and the surrounding towns as well, but at Doraha, the situation is otherwise. During the night, the council fully obeys the government’s instructions in letter and spirit, but astonishingly, fails to do the needful in the clear light of the day.

The residents complain that at the time when the state is passing through serious power crisis, such callousness on the part of the civic body speaks volumes of “its concern and regularity for official duty”.

Some of the residents opine, “In this sultry weather conditions, when the power shortage has nearly brought the life of the people to a sudden halt, such consumptive flouting needs to be immediately checked.”

In a number of cases, it has been observed that the streetlights, specifically in Lakkar Mandi, Guru Tegh Bahadur Street and Boparai Road, the employees seldom bother to switch off the lights at the day-break. Even on Thursday, the lights were seen working at 8.30 in the morning and were blowing till afternoon too.

“How can the council afford to engage in such a insensitive act, when in order to save the power, the people are being forced to bear both scheduled and unscheduled power cuts almost regularly,” said one of the resident.

“Although it is solely the duty of the council to look after such crucial issues, still we have to remind them time and again that they should cut off the supply during the day time,” said the residents.

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Weather monitoring panel at PAU
Tribune News Service

The electronic panel at the PAU.
The electronic panel at the PAU. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, July 11
City residents will now be able to keep a tab on Ludhiana's weather report round the clock, courtesy a unique endeavour of the agro meteorology department of Punjab Agriculture University (PAU).

The department has put up an electronic panel for weather monitoring at gate No 2 of the university, which will display the weather report round the clock.

It will provide details of maximum as well as minimum temperatures, as also of the relative humidity.

The weather monitoring panel will also depict the amount of rainfall.

The initiative is a brainchild of Dr GS Bains, head of agro meteorology department.

Talking about the initiative, Dr Bains said, “On a recent visit to the Central Institute of Dry Land Area, Hyderabad, I had come across such a board on the institute premises. That is when the idea to have a similar panel installed at a central location in the city struck me.”

He added that since PAU gate No 2 was centrally located, the decision to install the panel at this location was taken so as to ensure that maximum number of city residents and passersby could take advantage from it.

The panel has been acquired from a Kerela-based private company and has cost approximately Rs 2.75 lakh, the funds for which have been provided by the director, research, PAU, informed Dr Bains.

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100 dogs given anti-rabies vaccine
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 11
A team of veterinary medical professionals led by SVO, Dr Malkit Singh Sodhi, administered anti-rabies vaccine to over 100 dogs at a local veterinary hospital today.

Dog lovers from the local town and surrounding villages, namely Kanganwal, Baurhai, Jandali Kalan, Rohira, Dhaler, Jhaner and Dehliz, brought their dogs for vaccination in response to a call given through public announcement systems at religious places.

The Indian Immunologic Limited, a pharmaceutical company, provided the vaccine.

Rotary Club president, Dr Ravinder Sharma, informed that the camps were organised by owners of private kennels at surrounding villages, including Jhammatt, Kalarh and Sihar.

Stray dogs of the area would also be vaccinated.

Emphasising on the need of the vaccination of all domestic and wild animals living near human habitation, Dr Sharma said zoonotic diseases (diseases that are transmitted to humans from animals) were a major cause of deaths in the world, including India, where about 30,000 persons died every year of these diseases. These include rabies, brucellosis and worm infections.

Zoonosis stands for parasitic diseases like rabies, scabies, intestinal and other worm infestations, which are communicated from animals to human beings. It is imperative to prevent these diseases in animals to safeguard the health of human beings and animals as well.

The Rotary Club also distributed literature on the dreaded diseases.

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500 examined in medical camp
Tribune News Service

People at a medical camp in Ludhiana on Saturday.
People at a medical camp in Ludhiana on Saturday.A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, July 11
The Haryali Lao Desh Bachao Welfare Society organised a medical check-up camp on the occasion of the World Population Day today, where more than 500 patients were examined.

An awareness programme was also organised, where the patients were told how to save themselves from diseases that strike during rainy season.

Forest officer Vishal Chauhan said, “If we want to save our future from global warming, we should make efforts for environment conservation. Let us all pledge that we should plant at least one tree and take its care.”

He emphasised on making the efforts to make environment green so that the depleting Ozone layer could be saved.

NGO president Vishnu Dev said, “The society is taking revolutionary steps for this cause and urging people to participate for the same.”

He revealed that every patient was given a sapling for planting along with the medicines.

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Water-borne Diseases 
Authorities caught napping again 
Gastro, malaria raise head; MC, health dept indulge in blame game 
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Dos and don’ts
Gastroenteritis

Water should be boiled before consumption
Vegetables should be washed properly, preferably with light potassium permanganate solution
Avoid eating salads and raw vegetables
Avoid eating ‘golgappas’ and uncovered food on rehris
‘Chutneys’ and ‘achars’ should be avoided while eating out

Malaria

Take chloroquin as prescribed by the physician
Use mosquito repellents
Keep the coolers free of water
Spray insecticides on plants regularly
Inform the health department/municipal corporation in case of pools of stagnant water in the vicinity 

Ludhiana, July 11
With four cases each of gastroenteritis and malaria being reported from different parts of the city, the authorities concerned have failed to initiate immediate measures to check spread of water-borne diseases.

Experts apprehend surge in the number of gastro and malaria cases in the coming weeks if hygiene does not improve in the city, particularly in the slum areas.

Sources said that patients suffering from acute diarrhoea and gastroenteritis, undergoing treatment in private hospitals across the city, are much more.

Also, a large number of hospitals are reluctant to report malaria cases to the civil surgeon office.

The district health authorities on the other hand are blaming the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation for having failed to provide clean drinking water to the city residents, clearing the slums of stagnant water and heaps of garbage which are the main causes of malaria, gastroenteritis and other water-borne diseases.

The health department has termed “poor quality of potable water” as the main reason behind spread of water-borne diseases as district epidemiologist GP Mangla said: “Water samples taken from many areas have failed quality test. The water is unfit for drinking in major parts of the city."

The health department too has taken little pain to distribute “chloroquin tablets”(preventive medicine for malaria) in the disease-prone areas.

Ramneek, a resident of Ambedkar Nagar, said: “The area is full of mosquitoes, but nobody from the health department has come to make the people aware or distribute medicine so far.”

Meanwhile, medical experts feel that the MC and the health department should work in tandem to educate people against water-borne diseases. 

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Rain lays bare MC claims 
Streets waterlogged, roads develop potholes; many areas without drinking water
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

A waterlogged road at Dhowal Chowk.
A waterlogged road at Dhowal Chowk. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, July 11
Even as the monsoon is yet to pick up in the region, today’s rain has belied the claims of the government and the municipal corporation to make Ludhiana a model city.

Waterlogged streets, potholed roads, faulty drainage and sewerage system and scarcity of potable water are perfect recipes for the outbreak of water-borne diseases in the city.

Despite claims by the municipal councillors, MLAs and the MP that they would usher an era of development, the residents face same old problems every year, particularly during the rainy season.

Various areas like Harcharan Nagar, Prabhakar Mohalla, Ambedkar Nagar, Gulchaman Gali, New Madhopuri and Prem Vihar are facing acute shortage of drinking water. Cases of water-borne diseases like diarrhoea and malaria have already been reported in the city.

Many areas, including Transport Nagar, where the road is yet to be re-laid, were waterlogged within a few hours of drizzling today. Even the newly build roads in different areas of the city were found broken after the rain.

However, officials and politicians cite Rs 285-crore storm sewerage project under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) as solution to the problem.

But till date the project has not been initiated. If the officers are to be believed, the project would start after a month and it would take three years to complete. However, the project is limited to only those areas where sewerage line has not been laid.

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Close shave for linemen
Tribune News Service

Machhiwara, July 11
PSEB employees from Machhiwara yesterday staged a dharna and raised slogans in protest against a farmer, who forcefully switched on the power while employees were repairing a fault.

The employees sitting on the dharna in PSEB office said Sahib Singh, a farmer in Gauusgarh, risked the lives of the PSEB employees. If the employees were not alerted at time, they all would have died due to the electric shocks, said the employees. The employees demanded a stringent police action against the farmer who switched on the power connection.

Meanwhile, the police at Machhiwara police station said a formal complaint had been received against the farmer and action would soon be initiated against him after his arrest.

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3 booked for cheating

Khanna/Samrala, July 11
The police has booked a Patiala-based couple for allegedly cheating a resident of Samrala.

Malkit Singh, a resident of Samrala road, accused Gurmit Walia and his wife of pocketing Rs 1.5 lakh on the pretext of sending his daughter abroad.

In another incident, Mohan Singh of Hareon Kalan village accused Sukhdev Singh of the same village of duping him of Rs 4.5 lakh. Mohan alleged that he paid the amount to the accused for the registry of a piece of land, but the accused sold off the land to some other person. — TNS

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2 held in snatching case

Jagraon, July 11
The police today nabbed two of the four accused in a snatching case. Those arrested have been identified as Davinder Singh, alias Peter, of Jagraon and Satwant Singh, alias Sonu, of Fatehgarh Sivian. Both were arrested last evening near the canal of Sherpur Khurd village at a naka jointly laid by CIA incharge Pritam Singh and incharge of Galib Kalan police picket Nidhan Singh.

The accused were coming from Sheikh Daulat village on a motorcycle (PB-10-CF-9820) taking the low visibility of the dusk. The police has seized Rs 10,000, a share of the booty. The court of Jagraon Judge Ranjeev Kumar has sent them on police remand till July 14.

The police had booked four persons for snatching Rs 1.2 lakh at knife point at Sherpur Kalan village on the statement of Dharamveer Singh of Kothe Sher Jang village. He had accused Davinder Singh, Satwant Singh, Balwinder Singh, alias Binder, and Sarabjit Singh, alias Sarba, of Kothe Sherjang, for snatching by calling him to sell a car. — OC

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Kabaddi player, cousin shot at
Tribune News Service

Machhiwara, July 11
Two persons have been booked for firing gunshots and injuring a kabaddi player and his cousin near Behlolpur village late last night.

The victim, Kulbir Singh and his cousin, Gursewak Singh, were rushed to the local civil hospital, where their condition was now stated to be out of danger.

The accused, Gurdeep Singh and Rashpal Singh alias Kaka, both residents of Behlolpur village, have been booked by the police under Sections 307 and 34 of the IPC and 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act.

The victims, in their statements given to the police, said they were walking in the outskirts of the village after having dinner. The accused with a 12 bore rifle fired gunshots at them.

The bullets hit the legs of the victims and when they raised an alarm, the accused fled from the spot.

The police officials said the efforts would be made to nab the culprits.

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Man booked for beating up mother 
Tribune News Service

Machhiwara, July 11
The police has booked a resident of Garhi Tarkhana for allegedly beating up his mother and injuring her.

In her complaint to the police, Kuldip Kaur alleged that her son had beaten her with a wooden stick.

The accused, Sant Parkash, also thrashed his sister, who was putting up with her mother.

The complainant said that her husband had died many years ago and her son was not looking after her. Despite her repeated requests to stay in one house, he was living with his wife in a separate house. A case has been registered. 

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Punjab Swimming and Waterpolo Meet
Jashandeep sets two new records
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, July 11
Swimmers continued to perform well as four more meet records tumbled on the second and penultimate day of the Sub-Junior and Junior Punjab State Swimming and Waterpolo Championship for boys and girls being held at the Punjab Agricultural University swimming pool here today. Ropar swimmer Jashandeep Singh rewrote two meet records, while the hosts, Ludhiana and Sangrur, established one record each.

In the 1500m free style event in the Girls-I group, Arshpreet Kaur Grewal, a Class XII student of CFC Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, bettered her own record, which she set last year. She took 23.34.49 seconds to put to eclipse her previous record of 24.38.40 seconds.

Jashandeep Singh of Ropar clocked 31.21 seconds to set a new meet record in the 50m breast stroke event in the Boys-I group. The earlier record of 33.44 seconds was made in the 2002 by Harpreet Singh Bhullar of Ferozepur.

Jashandeep created another record, when he finished ahead of others in the 50m breast stroke event with timings of 00.25.21 seconds. The previous record of 00.26.64 seconds was set by Patiala's Navpreet Sidhu in 2002.

The fourth record was established in the 50 m breast stroke (Girls-I). Mankiran Kaur of Sangrur clocked 37.94 seconds to improve upon her own record of 39.17 seconds set last year.

Meanwhile, Sangrur and Ludhiana swimmers maintained their dominance today. Sangrur added six gold medals, taking its tally to 12, while Ludhiana secured seven gold medals, which took their tally to 11.

Second days' results:

50m free style (group-I): Jashandeep Singh of Ropar 1, Aman Ghai of Jalandhar 2 and Rajanbhan Singh of Patiala 3.

50m free style (girls-I): Sehajbir Kaur of Sangrur 1, Manjot Kaur of Patiala 2 and Suhapanpreet Kaur of Ludhiana 3.

50m free style (boys-II): Jatinder of Ludhiana 1, Sarabdeep Singh of Ferozepur 2 and Gurinderjit Singh of Sangrur 3.

50m free style (girls-II): Shubhkarman Dhaliwal of Ludhiana 1; Qudarat Jot Kaur of Ropar 2 and Alisha Sharma of Patiala 3.

50m breast stroke (boys-I): Jashandeep Singh of Ropar 1; Charanjeet Singh of Sangrur 2; and Navjot Singh of Jalandhar 3.

50 m breast stroke (girls-I): Mankiran Kaur of Sangrur 1; Arpanjit Kaur of Sangrur 2 and Khushmin Preet Kaur of Patiala 3.

200m individual medley (Boys-III): Shabaz Bhullar of Ferozepur 1; Deshdeep Ghai of Jalandhar 2; and Kulwinder Singh of Amritsar 3.

200 m individual medley (girls-III): Mani Mehtab Dhaliwal of Ludhiana 1; Jasmeen of Patiala 2 and Harleen Kaur of Sangrur 3.

200 m individual medley (Boys-IV) Heman of Patiala 1; Kushal Mehra of Amritsar 2 and Abhikaran Bhullar of Ferozepur 3.

200 m individual medley (Girls-IV): Nandini Dewra of Ferozepur 1; Punreet Grewal of Ludhiana 2 and Tamanna Jindal of Ludhiana 3.

800m free style (boys-I); Kamaljit Singh of Patiala 1; Kanwar Preet Singh of Patiala 2; and Gurminder Singh of Sangrur 3.

400m free style (boys-II): Harroop Singh of Sangrur 1; Paramdeep Singh of Patiala 2; and Rajanroop Singh of Ferozepur 3.

400m free style (girls-II): Kawalpreet Kaur of Ludhiana 1; Kajal Saini of Sangrur 2; and Pragati of Gurdaspur. 400m individidual medley (boys-I): Kamaljit Singh of Patiala 1; Inderpal Singh of Ropar 2 and Jeewanjot Singh of Patiala 3.

400m individual medley (girls-I): Sehajbir Kaur of Sangrur 1; Azalpreet Kaur of Sangrur 2 and Kartika of Patiala 3.

50m back stroke (boys-III): Karan Kumar of Sangrur 1; Kulwinder Singh of Amritsar 2; and Ujjwal of Amritsar 3.

50m back stroke (girls-III): Sargam Bansal of Patiala 1; Khushnaz of Ludhiana 2 and Chhavi of Ferozepur 3.

50m free style (boys-IV): Kushal Mehra of Amritsar 1; Heman Yadav of Patiala 2; and Jagdeep Singh of Sangrur 3.

50m free style (girls-IV): Bhawna of Sangrur 1; Tulip of Patiala 2; and Punreet Grewal of Ludhiana 3.

50m butterfly (boys-III): Abhinav Manchanda of Ferozepur 1; Ishwanpreet Singh of Amritsar 2; and Gurvir Singh of Ropar 3.

50m butterfly (girls-III): Sargam Bansal of Patiala 1; Pukhraj Gill of Ludhiana 2; and Ishpreet Kaur of Ludhiana 3.

100m butterfly (boys-I): Aman Ghai of Jalandhar 1; Pankil Sharma of Ropar 2; and Kanwar Preet Singh of Patiala 3.

100m butterfly (girls-I): Arman Karu Khangura of Ludhiana 1; Rajni of Gurdaspur 2; and Varleen Kaur of Patiala 3.

100m breast stroke (boys-II): Shubham Manchanda of Ferozepur 1; Shaurya Partap Singh of Jalandhar 2; and Harroop Singh of Sangrur 3. 100m breast stroke (girls-II): Pomi Mandal of Ropar 1; Qudrat Jot of Ropar 2; and Richnsha of Sangrur 3.

50m free style (boys-III): Manavdeep Singh Bal of Ludhiana 1; Sahil Chopra of Patiala 2; and Deshdeep Ghai of Jalandhar 3.

50m free style (girls-III): Pukhraj Gill of Ludhiana 1; Jasmine of Patiala 2; and Taj Dixit of Patiala 3.

1500m free style (girls-I): Arshdeep Kaur Grewal of Ludhiana 1; Arpanjeet Kaur 2; and Arman Kaur 3. 100m back stroke (boys-III): Karan Kumar of Sangrur 1; Ujjwal of Amritsar 2; and Ekjot Singh of Sangrur 3.

100m backstroke (girls-III): Sargam Bansal of Patiala 1; Khushnaz of Ludhiana 2; and Chhavi of Ferozepur 3.

50m back stroke (boys-IV): Mayank Khanna of Ferozepur 1; Jagdeep Singh of Sangrur 2; and Abhiraj Mehra of Amritsar 3.

50m back stroke (girls-IV): Bhawna of Sangrur 1; Tulip of Patiala 2; and Punreet Grewal of Ludhiana 3.

50m breast stroke (boys-III): Manavdeep Singh Bal of Ludhiana 1; Sahil of Patiala 2; and Shahbaz Bhullar of Ferozepur 3.

50m breast stroke (girls-III): Mani Mehtab Dhaliwal of Ludhiana 1; Harleen Kaur of Sangrur 2; and Taj Dixit of Patiala 3.

200m butterfly stroke (girls-I): Arman Kaur Khangura of Ludhiana 1; Rajni of Gurdaspur 2; and Aarushi Gupta of Ludhiana 3.

200m butterfly stroke (boys-II): Sarabdeep Singh of Ferozepur 1; Jagjit Singh of Sangrur 2; and Nawab Kang of Ludhiana 3.

200m butterfly stroke (girls-II): Kawalpreet Kaur of Ludhiana 1; Simran of Ludhiana 2 and Purvi of Gurdaspur 3.

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Football club opens today
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, July 11
Omaxe is coming up with the first-ever football club - “Ludhiana Lions” in the city. The football club is located adjacent to Omaxe Royal Residency, Pakhowal Road, Ludhiana, according to a press note issued by Omaxe here yesterday.

The club will be training the young aspirants in Ludhiana with an objective to develop players for national and international level competitions. The football club, while maintaining the highest standards, will have the best of facilities and infrastructure, including flood lights to make sure that the young players can be saved from heat in summers and early set in winters.

"In addition to it, modern equipments and internationally practised training schedule will be adopted to give the best of the opportunity to our young players. The club will be professionally managed and has selected highly experienced advisers and coaches to adhere the best training practices. The club will provide a platform for the youngsters to showcase their talent and play at the international level," it said.

The club will be inaugurated tomorrow. 

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