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2 labourers mowed down by truck
Tribune News Service

Policemen get details from migrant labourers about the incident, in which two labourers were mowed down by a truck
Policemen get details from migrant labourers about the incident, in which two labourers were mowed down by a truck in Ludhiana on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, July 15
Two migrant labourers were crushed to death when a truck ran over them while they were asleep under sheds at Danna Mandi near Arora Cinema here today.

The incident took place around 5 am when the labourers, identified as Subodh (22) and Kalia (20), who were working as daily wagers at Dana Mandi, were asleep.

Subodh’s brother Raj Kumar was informed about the incident at 7 am.

“I was informed by the labourers, who work along with Subodh and Kalia. Both of them died on the spot. The truck driver, however, did not stop and fled the scene,” Raj said.

Raj added that the labourers had come from Samastipur district in Bihar two months back for finding a job and had started working at Dana Mandi.

A case has been registered against the driver of the truck.

Subodh got married two years back and her wife was pregnant, Raj added. Meanwhile, the labourers expressed resentment over the dilly-dallying attitude of the police.

They alleged that the bodies kept lying on the spot for over six hours and the deceased were taken to the Civil Hospital at 1.30 pm.

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Police cracks robbery case in 36 hrs
Tribune News Service

Timeline

July 14: Robbed Rs 18 lakh from Tilak Raj at gunpoint from Focal Point Phase- IV

June 29: Robbed Rs 65,000 from Gurdeep Singh at gunpoint from Dhollewal

April 9: Robbed Rs nine lakh from Manoj Kumar and Nitin Kumar in Gobindgarh

February 27: Robbed Rs two lakh from Desraj Bansal at Sufia Chowk

november 18: Robbed Rs 2.50 lakh from Vinod Kumar, a resident of Motiya Mohalla in Gobindgarh

June 26: Snatched a laptop from Kapil Kumar near Sherpur Chowk

May 5: The gang robbed Rs six lakh from Ram Bachan, an employee of Government Textile Colony, when he came of out of a bank at Gill road.

Ludhiana, July 15
In a major breakthrough, the police has arrested three youths and claimed to have cracked the high-profile robbery of Rs 18 lakh that took place at 33 feet road in Focal Point two days ago.

The police also made some startling revelations. Addressing a press conference DIG Ludhiana Sharad Satya Chahan, said the accused were also behind seven such high profile snatching incidents in Ludhiana and Gobindgarh in the recent past.

The accused have been identified as Tajinder Singh of Shimlapuri, Kulwant Singh, alias Laddi of Bathinda and Amarnath of Haridwar, who was resides in Adarsh Nagar.

The DIG said a special investigation teams raided many places in and around the city.

DIG said the police received a tip-off this morning that the accused Tajinder Singh and Kulwant Singh were seen on a motorbike near Samrala Chowk. The police laid a trap, nabbed the accused near Samrala Chowk and recovered Rs 12.50 lakh of the robbed amount.

The team then raided at the house of Amarnath in Adarsh Nagar and nabbed him with Rs five lakh of the robbed amount.

The prime accused and mastermind of the gang Tajinder Singh is also wanted in the murder case of Vikas Kumar that took place on September 18, 2008.

The accused were involved in a similar robbery incidents that took place in Mandi Gobindgarh recently, added the DIG. The DIG said the accused were operating from a rented apartment in Karnal.

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Power Theft: Consumers fined Rs 10 lakh 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 15
The officials of the operation wing of Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) conducted spot checking of over 2,200 connections in various parts of the city during last two days, which found 28 cases of theft and 77 others of unauthorised load.

The electricity board has imposed a penalty of Rs 10.32 lakh on erring consumers.

Power connections of 510 consumers in domestic category, 27 commercial establishments and 71 tubewells were inspected by the field staff in Aggar Nagar, Estate, Janta Nagar and city west divisions falling in the west circle.

Nearly 23 cases of theft were detected that were penalised Rs 3.68 lakh while 25 consumers using unauthorised load were imposed slapped Rs 1.37 lakh.

Another nine tubewell connections found to be using motors of excess capacity than sanctioned load, were slapped with a penalty of Rs 93,000.

Similarly, in the city East circle, 1,757 power connections were checked in Sunder Nagar, Focal Point and CMC divisions.

The officials detected five cases of theft and 43 cases of unauthorised load. Recovery notices of a cumulative penalty of Rs 4.34 lakh had been issued to the defaulting consumers, the officials said.

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50 pc ayurvedic colleges get nod to conduct courses
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 15
Six out of the 12 Ayurvedic Medical Colleges of the state have been approved by the Union government for conducting undergraduate and postgraduate courses during the ensuing academic year.

The decision was taken by the Central Council of India Medicine on the recommendations of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Sidha and Homeopathy), a government body monitoring the standards of teaching in these institutes.

Perusal of the list of institutes, approved recently under Section 13-C of the IMCC Act, revealed that Guru Nanak Ayurvedic Medical College and Research Institute, Gopalpur ( Ludhiana ), Guru Nanak Ayurvedic Medical College and Hospital, Mukatsar, Desh Bhagat Ayurvedic College and Hospital, Gobindgarh, Dayanand Ayurvedic College, Jalandhar, Babe Ke Ayurvedic Medical College and Hospital, Daudhar, Moga, and Mai Bhago Ayurvedic Medical College and Hospital for Women, Muktsar, were among the 77 ayurvedical colleges of the nation which had been approved for conducting courses during the 2009- 2010 academic session.

Investigations reveal that there are 240 ayurvedic colleges in the nation and a majority of them are privately managed.

The Department of AYUSH has observed that a large number of colleges do not have requisite number of teaching staff and other infrastructure.

The department had originally decided that those colleges, which did not fulfill the eligibility criteria would not be allowed to carry out admissions for the current session.

The matter was reconsidered due to the requests of state governments, but with the condition that at least 80 per cent of fully competent staff required under regulation 5 (e) of the IMCC Regulations, 2006, would be in recruited before the commencement of admissions.

The Government Ayurvedic College, Patiala, the only state-run ayurvedic institute, was also on the receiving end due to staff shortage.

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Health scheme a non-starter
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 15
Bhai Ghanaya Ji Seva Health Scheme started by the state government to provide treatment to the economically weaker sections on subsidised rates is facing rough weather even before completion of one year.

The scheme which was started on October 1, 2008, by the then cooperative minister, the late Capt Kanwaljit Singh, after replacing the Sanjivni Health Scheme of the Congress, is already on the verge of closure as the government has failed to pay even a single penny to a large number of doctors empanelled under the scheme.

The scheme is run by a trust that had tied up with the National Insurance Company with Medsave Healthcare Services to pay doctors.

Due to the non-payment of dues in the past 10 months, amounting between Rs 50,000 and Rs 50 lakh, doctors have started refusing treatment to the “recipients of cards” issued under the scheme.

Despite increasing the premium from Rs 300 to Rs 1,000 and reducing the charges of doctors, the government has failed to sustain the scheme.

A member from Tajpur village said he had called up several empanelled doctors, but they refused to treat him. “The doctors were ready to give a discount on their own in case patients wanted to engage their services,” he added.

A fax message was sent to 15 doctors in the state on May 20, stating that they were no longer empanelled. They were given no reason and were also denied their dues.

Dr Gursharan Singh, former national vice-president of the IMA, said he had not been paid Rs 50,000. “I have forwarded a request to Medsave to remove my name from the list and have written to deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal and Dr Daljit Singh Cheema to relaunch the scheme on the pattern of Aarogyasri of Andhra Pradesh to benefit the poor,” he said.

Having been removed from the panel without notice, Dr BS Sekhon, managing director of Ludhiana Mediciti Hospital, termed the scheme as a “cruel joke”. “The government owes me Rs 50 lakh and yet I have been removed,” he claimed.

A senior official at the health seva scheme, however, denied having “de-empanelled” any hospital without prior information, adding that it was the prerogative of Medsave to take action.

But he admitted that the dues had not been cleared. “We have already paid the whole year’s premium to the National Insurance Company in advance, but the company has become a defaulter as it has not paid the doctors and have also terminated the contract for which we have filed a legal suit in the Punjab and Haryana High Court,” the official said.

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Ahmedgarh bus stand cries for attention
Mahesh sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 15
Despite generating a huge revenue through entry fees of buses and rents of shops situated at the local bus stand, the authorities have failed to provide even basic amenities to people in spite of repeated appeals to the authorities concerned.

The commuters face problem while boarding and deboarding buses halted in a pool of rainwater.

Though the PRTC (Pepsu Road Transport Corporation) earns a regular income through entry fee and rent from vendors, it has failed to provide the basics at the bus stand.

Residents of the area have asked the higher authorities to ensure basic amenities, like clean lavatory and drinking water. While disclosing that no grant was sanctioned during the last few decades, officials concerned said they had written to the higher authorities for immediate repairs, but no action had been taken so far.

Investigations by The Tribune revealed that the condition of the bus stand had been deteriorating instead of improving, as promised by the officials concerned. Though the corporation is earning huge revenues as entry fee and rent of shops constructed at the bus stand, very less is spent on its upkeep.

Stinking smell from lavatories and adjoining portion makes the bus stand miserable.

Sources revealed that grants were sanctioned for constriction and renovation of the bus stand more than once during past decades but the authorities, instead of making amendments, remained inactive on the pretext that a new bus stand would be constructed.

The residents have asked the higher authorities, including the Chief Minister, and Transport Minister to improve the condition of the bus stand at the earliest.

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Montessori teacher training institute at Mullanpur Dakha 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 15
Montessori concept of education strengthens its footsteps in the interiors of Punjab with the opening of a Teacher Training Institute in Mullanpur Dakha today.

ABC Montessori, American pre-school chain, in alliance with the Academy for the Brilliant Child, Georgia and Montessori Teacher Training Institute, USA, launched its 1st Teacher's Training Institute at Saran Hospital, Mullanpur Dakha. The Teacher Training Institute was inaugurated by American Alliance counterpart of ABC Montessori, Ann Balasuriya, director, Montessori Teacher Training Institute (MTTI), California, along with Akashdeep Singh, deputy general manager, ABC Montessori, on behalf of Gurmeet Singh Arora, chairman, ABC Montessori.

ABC Montessori also organised a special parent meet at their pre-school at Thapar Nagar, Jalandhar Bye Pass, Ludhiana.

The session provided the parents with a platform to know the benefits and methods of authentic Montessori education and how a child learns to question, yet respect the viewpoint of others, and become skilled at articulating opinions thus bringing out the rightful personality.

Ann Balasuriya, said: "The ABC Montessori Teaching Training Institute intends to enable and empower adults to assist children in their optimal development and be a model and resource for families, childcare centres, schools and communities."

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400 students attend study abroad fair
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 15
As countrypart of its on-going countrywide drive to educate and inform students about various study options available abroad, overseas education consultants, SIEC, organised a study abroad fair at the local Majestic Park Plaza Hotel here today.

As many as 400 students from Ludhiana and its neighbouring areas attended the fair.

According to Sonya Singh, managing director of SIEC, ‘‘The aim of the fair is to provide a common platform for students, parents and institutions to get a first hand and correct information about education options globally.”

Study abroad experts from SIEC also guided students about various course options available to them in countries like New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Canada, UK and USA.

The study abroad consultancy commenced this education fair from Dehradun on July 13 and after covering 15 major Indian cities will conclude in Pune on July 25.

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PAU Notes
Agricultural training for rural youth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 15
A three-month training course for rural youth of Punjab is being organised from August 3 to October 30 at PAU.

Officiating director of extension education Dr DS Dhillon said candidates in the age group of 20-40 from rural areas of Punjab (except districts of Gurdaspur and Amritsar) could apply. The last date for applying is July 29.

The application form is available at the office of director, extension education or training unit at Kairon Kisan Ghar on the PAU campus, Ludhiana.

The interviews will be held at Kairon Kisan Ghar on July 30 at 10 am. The candidates should produce matriculation certificate and evidence of date of birth at the time of interview. The selected trainees will have to deposit Rs 500 as security that will be refundable.

The course fee is Rs 300 while Rs 100 per month will be charged for accommodation. Dr Dhillon said the training for candidates hailing from districts of Gurdaspur and Amritsar would be organised at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Gurdaspur, on the same dates. Therefore, those candidates should obtain the application form from Kirshi Vigyan Kendra, Gurdaspur, and submit the application there.

Save goods from moisture

During monsoon domestic goods need extra care. This was stated by Dr Neelam Grewal, dean of College of Home Science. She said during monsoon the moisture in the air is enhanced that lead to a peculiar smell in almirahs. She said furniture, doors, windows and other wooden structures also require care.

She said these should be dusted and cleaned with dry cloth. The sofa sets and beds should be placed a little away from the walls so as to avoid moisture from walls.

Dr Surinderjit Kaur said the carpets placed in the drawing rooms or elsewhere can catch moisture from feet and develop unwanted insects or microbes. The carpet should be rolled, covered in a plastic sheet and kept upright at a dry place. The metallic vases also require proper cleaning during rainy season. Metallic kitchenwares such as knives and tools screw drivers, pliers, etc need to be protected against rust. They should be placed in a box wherein some pieces of chalks should be kept to absorb moisture.

The rusted iron tools can be cleaned with lemon juice and common salt or cleaning with warm water having some vinegar. The doors can be protected against getting ajar by applying a few drops of oil on hinges. The locks can also be kept jam free in this way. The sewing machines need to be cleaned, dried in sun and kept rust free by applying machine oil. The water in the desert coolers needs to be kept mosquito free by frequently changing the water.

Shoes, leather belts, purses and clothes also need protection against moulds and moisture. Moisture leads to swelling of leather that harms feet. These need to be kept clean and dry. Clothes should not be stored until dry, she added.

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105 units of blood collected
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 15
The Akhil Bhartiya Sri Sanghmeshwar Sewa Dal, Ludhiana branch, organised a blood donation camp on the occasion of the 68th birth anniversary of Anant Shri Vibhushit Mahant Ganga Puri Ji Maharaj, secretary, Shri Panchayati Akhara Mahanirvani and manager, Sri Sanghmeshwar Mahadev Mandir, Arunai (Pehowa, Haryana) at Ludhiana.

BK Gupta, joint commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, was the chief guest and inaugurated the camp. Dr Amarjeet Kaur, professor-cum-head, department of transfusion medicine, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), Ludhiana, presided over the function.

Dr Amarjeet Kaur highlighted the benefits of blood donation and persuaded people for voluntary donations for the cause of society. Local councillor Gurpreet Gogi was also present.

The donation camp was supervised by a team of doctors from DMCH under the leadership of Dr Ravish Garg. This is the fourth time that a blood donation camp was organised by the Ludhiana branch of Sri Sanghmeshwar Sewa Dal. Members of the organisation, local leaders and other people came forward to donate blood voluntarily and a total of 105 units of blood were collected during the camp.

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Fee Hike Part-VI
Parents forced to shell out Rs 60,000 for kindergarten
Sheetal Chawla
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 15
The CBSE/ICSE affiliated private schools have hiked their fee exorbitantly under the garb of the Sixth Pay Commission. Rs 15,000 to 60,000 is being charged for the new admissions from nursery and LKG class students, this is one of the allegations levelled by the Parents Association.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Kuldeep Singh in his report found that the school submitted an increased fee after the inception of the school in March, 2004, for the first time this year.

According to school authorities they did not increase even a single penny within a span of five years. The school had submitted a data of fees and funds from pre-nursery to UKG charges payable at the time of admission, including miscellaneous and annual charges of Rs 11,500 excluding tuition fee of Rs 700, for Class IX to X Rs 21,900 and for Class XI to XII Rs 26,500. Tuition fee payable quarterly for pre-nursery to UKG is Rs 700, for Class I to V is Rs 750, Class VI to VIII is Rs 770, for Class IX to X is Rs 800 per month and for Class XI to XII Rs 1,000 per month.

The ADC found that the fee structure of the BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, fee for nursery to UKG in 2007-08 was Rs 71,00. In 2008-09, the school fee was Rs 72,00. In 2009-10, there was an increase of Rs 7,550 in the school fee.

Thus, the school increased fee of Rs 100 in 2008-09 and Rs 350 in 2009-10. Regarding uniforms and books, the school has approved suppliers, including Evershine, The Mall, Ludhiana, and Industrial area, Ludhiana.

Moreover, the parents are at a liberty to buy it from any school approved vendor mentioned in the school diary. The approved suppliers of books are Narula Sons and Modern Book shop and Books Market. Parents can buy books from them or from any other vendor as the school follows NCERT standard from Class VI onward.

Regarding Sacred Heart Higher Secondary Convent School, the ADC observed that there was an increase of Rs 1,000 per year. The school, however, claimed "We used to have small increase in the overall fees every year to offset the inflation, so that we can give some increment to teachers and other staff. They have given a five per cent increment of DA to the salaries of all staff members. Due to power cuts, we also have to run generator for almost six hours during the school time with diesel expenses of Rs 80,000 per month.

Besides, maintenance of generator and electrical lines and materials are expensive. Similarly, four overhead water tanks have to be maintained every day for safe water to nearly 3,500 students and the rest of the staff."

Regarding Shivalikwala Doon School, the ADC found that there was not much increase in the fee structure of the school.

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Rights panel seeks report from authorities
Unhygienic conditions at residential colony
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, July 15
Taking note of the petition filed by residents of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, a residential colony developed by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) on unsanitary conditions in the locality, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has sought a report from the authorities.

Even though the notice has been issued to the Municipal Corporation, and a copy of the complaint has also been sent to the civic body, Justice RS Mongia, chairperson and Justice Baldev Singh, member of the Commission have directed that if the matter does not relate to the MC, the complaint, along with orders to submit a report, be forwarded to the body concerned (LIT in this case).

Arvind Sharma, along with other residents of the colony, in their complaint, seeking intervention of the PSHRC had alleged that as a result of the gross negligence on the part of officials of the trust, the residents were made to live in grossly unhygienic conditions.

They claimed that virtually no sanitation staff had been deployed in the colony for reasons best known to the LIT officials for the last couple of months with the result that heaps of garbage and waste was littered all around on the roads, in front of the houses and in the parks in the colony.

The residents pointed out in the petition that the situation was worse near Housefed super deluxe flats, a charitable hospital run by an NGO, a number of vacant plots in E, G and H blocks, which had become dumping grounds for garbage.

The problem was further compounded when stray dogs and other animals scattered the waste material, especially food leftovers all around the houses and everywhere else, creating a nuisance and further adding to pathetic unsanitary conditions. With the arrival of the monsoon, the threat of a variety of air-borne and water-borne diseases loomed large over the heads of the residents of this colony, the residents pointed out.

The complainants lamented that the entire area surrounding their houses emanated such a stink that it was making their lives miserable. Not only this, several residents of the colony had complained to have been afflicted with respiratory diseases, allergies and other infectious diseases.

The complaint will come up for next hearing on August 7 when the report of the LIT will be examined

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Vacant plot turns dumping ground
Tribune News Service

A resident of Anand Nagar shows a vacant plot, which is being used to release sewerage by nearby houses at Haibowal.
A resident of Anand Nagar shows a vacant plot, which is being used to release sewerage by nearby houses at Haibowal. 
Tribune photo: HImanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, July 15
Residents of lane No. 4 of Anand Nagar at Haibowal are reeling under a fear of epidemic, as the vacant plot in the area is being used for discharging toilet waste and dumping rubbish.

The residents complained that since the area was not well developed, the municipal corporation was also not paying any heed to their problem.

Complaining about the unhygienic condition, Sally said: “It stinks as we step out from our house. This sewerage is acting as an active ground for breeding of mosquitoes.” She added that even repeated requests to the civic body had not yielded any result.

Another resident said: “It’s people amongst us only who are discharging this waste and we have told them a number of times, but they do not listen to us. Since the area is vacant, people throw everything that is useless in their homes here without caring about the neighbours who are the worst hit.”

Even diseases like diarrhoea and malaria is being reported in various areas, thus, the authorities concerned need to wake up to save this cluster of area, the residents said.

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Vet varsity makes affidavit against ragging mandatory
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 15
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, instructed all students of the College of Veterinary Science, College of Dairy Science and Technology and College of Fisheries to furnish an affidavit against ragging along with parents.

It will be mandatory for all students of three academic programmes of the university.

Dr SK Jand, registrar, GADVASU, said according to the guidelines of the University Grants Commission (UGC), this affidavit would be mandatory from the current session across the country.

He added that many incidents of ragging happened in India in the recent past. Hence, the Supreme Court had passed various orders also.

In the light of these developments, the UGC issued guidelines to all universities and colleges to curb the menace.

As per these guidelines, a student involved in such activities may be rusticated from the institute or affiliation of the institute may be cancelled.

Dr Jand said if the students/ parents failed to provide the documents till the second counselling, chance would be given to the next aspirant in the waiting list. The old students would also submit an affidavit as notified by the deans of the respective colleges, he added.

Dr Jand said the university would try its best to keep a check on the menace. A committee had been formed to monitor all aspects in this direction.

The university is extending the information to the students as per the UGC guidelines. The new information related to the menace is being displayed on the notice boards of the university to aware the students about the present scenario.

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No development in city since 2007
KS Chawla

Ludhiana, July 15
The residents of this industrial capital of Punjab are asking the question, ‘who cares for Ludhiana’.

Such questions are being addressed to Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal and local bodies minister Manoranjan Kalia, as the town has failed to witness any improvement during the past two years.

The municipal corporation authorities are not willing to comment on the prevailing situation and avoid giving information regarding the development works being undertaken by it.

Inquiries made by The Tribune revealed that Prakash Singh Badal started organising sangat darshans in Ludhiana in November, 2008, and continued the same till February.

The chief minister announced development works worth Rs 240 crore. The sangat darshans were held in all Vidhan Sabha segments and he covered all municipal corporation wards. Although he announced various development works, the municipal corporation did not have enough funds to undertake these projects. The chief minister sanctioned a grant of Rs 40 crore to the municipal corporation for undertaking these projects.

However, before the amount could be utilised, the state government wrote to the municipal corporation that this was not a grant, but a loan of Rs 40 crore and the corporation pledged prime land to the PUDA.

Inquiries also disclosed that when Badal had announced the development works, the corporation had already passed works worth Rs 170 crore. Interestingly, around Rs 40 crore had been given to temples, gurdwaras and social organisations for establishing dharamshalas. This was done to gain more votes for the Lok Sabha elections.

Majority of the roads are in a pitiable state, as only a few have been recarpeted that are used by the VIPs during their visits here.

The sanitation, too, is becoming worse and diseases like malaria and cholera have started spreading. Ludhiana was the worst hit by dengue and the Central government team had indicted the municipal and the health authorities about it.

The residents are being supplied contaminated water not withstanding the fact that there is acute shortage of water in the town.

The corporation will complete its two years after elections on August 8, 2009, but the corporation cannot claim to have done any good to the town.

Parminder Mehta, Congress councillor, said the councillors were given Rs 35 lakh and Rs 50 lakh each last year for development works in their respective wards. But, no such allocation had been made this year.

The senior authorities of the Punjab government are not bothered about the plight of the residents. The Mayor and the Commissioner were not available for comments. 

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PAU alumnus honoured in Australia
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 15
Dr Zora Singh, an alumnus of Punjab Agriculture University (PAU), currently at Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia, has been awarded Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC).

The citations are a part of the council’s recognition and support of quality teaching in Australia.

Dr Singh will be presented with the award at a ceremony to be held in Perth on August 14.

This prestigious award carries a cash prize of $10,000 and a citation.

Dr Singh has been recognised for his contributions to the quality of students’ learning and improving the overall experience of students.

Dr Singh said his students and postdoctoral researchers, who worked in his team, had also contributed.

His students continue to make significant contribution to research and innovation in horticulture because of his collaboration with the government departments and horticulture industry.

Dr Singh attained excellent score in surveys and research publications rated by the students in quality international journals.

His PhD students have received commendations for outstanding research. 

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City Concerns
Cops serve politicians, not public
Ludhiana Tribune sought a public reaction to the incident of Major GS Benipal (Retd), a tehsildar, who was beaten up in his office recently. He had only “refused to register their revenue document out-of-turn”. This is what a cross section of city residents have to say on the issue.

It was shocking to go through the news of Major GS Benipal. It seems our politicians have deputed their musclemen and the Deputy Commissioner and Senior Superintendent of Police are their personal servants. In spite of discharging their duties, they are protecting the interests of their politicians. It is high time that the law should come forward to punish the politicians and musclemen. We should see the way things are moving abroad. Nobody should be considered above the law.

Navneet Sharma Ludhiana

Laid-back attitude

Gandhi ji once said: “Anger is enemy of ahimsa and pride is a monster that swallows it up”. In my opinion, it’s the case of public anger. What needs to be elaborated here is that why there was so much anger amongst the public. Anybody who had visited a tehsildar’s office had bitter experiences only.During summers, when temperatures are soaring between 4 to 49 degrees, people are made to stand in queues for hours, as most tehsildars are not available at the desired time.

Thus, the public bears the brunt of callous attitude of the tehsildars. The government must maintain basic facilities at their offices. The public is always at the plight of dealers or agents for getting their works done. Various suvidha centres have been set up, but they failed to provide any facilities to the masses.I condemn public action for assaulting the tehsildar.

Rajeev Puri Ludhiana

Assaulters must be punished

Sir, people involved in beating up Major Benipal in public, should be dealt with strictly as per the law of the land so that nobody dares to repeat such an act again.I am settled in New Zealand and I read this news with extreme shame. I am an ex-Army officer and basically hail from Ludhiana. I have been reading the Tribune since 1961. I would be obliged if the assaulters would be punished.

Ranjit Kumar Ludhiana

Police irresponsible

The officers present at the time of incident, who did not try to stop the culprits, are equally guilty. For employing these officers is useless if they were unable to stop the criminals. A serious action should be taken against such officers.Moreover, as Indians, we should act against the atrocities of politicians.Surprisingly, some are still protesting against the arrest of the culprits.

Harcharan Ludhiana

System needs to be changed

This is a matter of great concern when those who belong to Akali have assaulted a public servant in public.But, I think this situation is a result of various corrupt practices prevailing in our country. This is not just one such case,

Where in innocent people are being harassed by bureaucrats. Thus, the system requires a change in the attitude of bureaucrats in order to save the image of public servants. At present, I am studying in Australia. I have realized here that even if we visit a police station here, we are assisted in a civilised manner. It is, indeed, a great feeling to live in such an organised and a systematic set up.

Gaurav Singh Australia

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Doctor-Patient Relationship-I
Medicos seek withdrawal of charges against doc
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 15
The recent act of vandalism at Sidhu Hospital, Doraha, following the death of BJP leader from here following his “bariatric surgery” has further jeopardised the doctor-patient relationship.

It is also a gross violation of the Punjab Medical Professionals’ Protection against the Violence Act, 2008.

The growing gap between the doctors and patients is evident from the materialistic approach of a section of doctors, who resort to violence in case of “deaths”, ignoring medical implications involved in the treatment.

However, city experts termed the increasing incidents of violence against doctors a result of the callousness of the administrators for “effective implementation” of the laws concerned. Taking a strong initiation to the registration of a criminal case against Dr Gurdip Singh Sidhu(Sidhu Hospital Doraha) on the pretext of “medical negligence” in absence of an inquiry conducted by the panel of medical experts, the medical fraternity in the city has demanded the immediate withdrawal of the charges against the doctor.

The doctors have termed the registration of the criminal case as a violation of the Supreme Court ruling, where in it is clearly mentioned that no case can be registered against the doctors before the panel of medical experts affirm to the allegations in their report.

Whereas, the family members and friends of Jagat Bhushan Johar, who died following a “bariatric surgery” (a procedure to get rid of obesity), alleged that the doctors at Sidhu Hospital were involved in paying commissions to small doctors and clinic for referring cases of obesity to them. They also alleged that Jagat Ram was a fit person and did not have any problems.

On the contrary, Dr Ravinder Singh Sidhu (brother of Dr Gurdip Singh Sidhu) had pointed towards the medical history of the deceased who was suffering from cardiac problem, hypertension, diabetes.

Also, the family had filled the consent form. Moreover, the patient had died 36 hours after the surgical procedure following a pulmonary embolism and heart failure.

A senior doctor at Sidhu Hospital said a special team of police had cordoned off the premises, but were unable to protect the staff and property from the mob fury.

“The situtaion was such that a heart patient undergoing treatment at Sidhu Hospital had to be immediately shifted to Hero DMC Heart Institute. The beds were damaged and relatives of the patients, too, were beaten up and every vehicle on the premises was damaged," the doctor added.

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BJP leaders threaten to gherao hospital
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 15
BJP leaders today threatened to gherao Sidhu Hospital at Doraha on Sunday if the police did not register a case of negligence causing death against the hospital authorities.

Addressing a press conference here today, the BJP leaders, including Vidhan Sabha Deputy Speaker Satpal Gosain, Senior Deputy Mayor Parveen Bansal, and district BJP president OP Bhardwaj said they would not take this lying down.

The leaders said they had given a week’s time to the police to take some action.

They said it was strange that BJP activists were booked by the Khanna police for attempt to murder even though they had only broken windowpanes of the hospital. The staff had not even sustained serious injury.

“It is shocking that BJP workers are booked under Section 307 even though there was no attempt to kill anybody. The workers got angry after a fellow worker lost his life after an operation that wasn’t needed. They could have been dealt with in a different manner,” he said.

He added that the IMA too instead of going to the worker’s family and consoling them, diverted all its energies by levelling allegations against the BJP. “It could have gracefully ordered an inquiry into the incident,” said Gosain, adding that they would be forced to intensify the agitation if they were not heard. “We will start protesting at the state level if we are not delivered justice.”

The BJP leaders also said they would take up the matter with the Chief Minister.

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Rain makes GT Road a nightmare for commuters
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 15
Despite being one of the busiest roads, the new GT Road has today become a virtual death trap for the commuters due to potholes at Basti Jodhewal Chowk.

Though during the day time people are careful driving in the area, water stagnation in the potholes due to recent rain has covered depressions, making the stretch a nightmare for the drivers.

With the Municipal Corporation becoming a mute spectator to the condition of the roundabout, one is really astonished that the officials of the civic body did not even bother to repair it for the sake of hundreds of students who study in the government school on a side of the chowk.

Adding to the woes of the commuters is a fodder trolley that has been lying abandoned in the middle of road, forcing vehicles for a diversion. With no action from either the Municipal Corporation or the traffic police to clear the mess, it seems both the authorities are waiting for the media to report the matter to spring into action.

Talking to The Tribune, Sunil Jain said, “Yesterday, I was returning from Jalandhar around 11 pm with my family. As soon as I took the turn, I could not see a pothole due to presence of water and the chassis of my Wagon R hit it and than did not start.”

The area also witnessed a traffic jam today and Raj Kumar, who was stuck in it, said, “I don’t know for what these government officials are paid when they are hardly bothered about public convenience. The condition of roads in the city has become worse like every year and even than political leaders say they spend crores. Where does the money go, if this is the condition?”

Similarly, a school teacher on the condition of anonymity, complained, “This area witnesses maximum heavy vehicular traffic, so some special type of road could have been constructed. This stagnant water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Besides, vendors sell eatables here, which further cause the congestion. Now, you can see how careful the authorities are for the health of the public.”

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Assault on tehsildar
Akalis gang up against Gabria
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Order on bail plea today

Additional Sessions Judge Munish Singal today postponed the pronouncement of order on the bail applications filed by three persons allegedly involved in stripping off and launching murderous attack on tehsildar GS Benipal till tomorrow.

This court had already heard the arguments of both the sides on the bail plea of Gurmit Singh of Shimlapuri, Baldev Singh of New Janta Nagar and Satnam Singh of Kot Mangal Singh. The orders were likely to be pronounced today, but the court postponed it.

Ludhiana, July 15
The action on SAD councillors Simarjit Singh Bains and Kamaljit Singh Karwal in the assault case on the tehsildar has made most of senior leaders gang up against Jails Minister Hira Singh Gabria.

As the leaders attribute the strong action to the minister himself, who is alleged to be nurturing a political rivalry with Bains brothers, they have started holding secret meetings to discuss the issue. Things have come to such a pass that a delegation of senior leaders would go to meet Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to narrate the whole story behind the arrest of the two leaders.

A closed-door meeting in this regard was held by several Akali leaders last evening. The meeting was attended by MLA and Chief Parliamentary Secretary Harish Rai Dhanda, MLA Darshan Singh Shivalik, former MP Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar, chairman, zila parishad, Manpreet Singh Aiyali, SGPC member Balwinder Singh Bains, chairman, milk plant, Ajmer Singh Bhagpur, and nine councillors of the Youth Akali Dal besides several others.

The leaders alleged that Bains was not present at the spot when the tehsildar was being assaulted and was falsely implicated by Gabria.

The meeting also discussed how Bains was being mistreated at Central Jail at the behest of the jails minister. It was alleged that Gabria was behind the entire episode. The leaders said tehsildar GS Benipal had not named Bains in his complaint on the first day, but later his name appeared.

The leaders claimed they had video clippings of the entire episode that clearly showed Bains was not present at the spot. He reached there later only to pacify the mob. But due to political rivalry he was booked.

Gabria, however, refuted all these charges. He said he was away to Jammu and Kashmir on the day of assault on the tehsildar. He asked, “How can I ask the police to register a false case from there?”

The jails minister also said he was ready to help Bains had he sought it from him. “I am a leader for the last four decades. They are young and have to go a long way. They can always come to me asking for it,” said Gabria.

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Computer snag at customs dept hits import, export business 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 15
The working at dry port here needs to be streamlined to save the industry from harassment. Exporters, who have yet to recover from the duty drawback setback due to the alleged bungling by the customs department, are now saying that hundreds of containers (both for import and export) have been held up at the port as computers of the department went out of order on Monday evening.

Though the computers became operational this afternoon, hundreds of containers lying at the dry port, would take some time to get a clearance.

An official at the port, on the condition of anonymity, said the clearance had not taken place for the past four-five days. The containers of exporters from all over the state, Chandigarh and even Baddi had been held up.

On an average, 120-150 containers for export and about 200 for import are daily moved from the port. “Work has been suffering since last Friday when senior officials visited the port. There could be no work on Saturday and Sunday. On Monday, computers got stuck because of a snag. The problem was rectified at today, but there has been a backlog of hundreds of containers and it would take some time to clear the shipments,” the official said.

Also, the duty drawback of exporters in the region worth several crores of rupees is also pending with the customs department. The disbursement was pending since February 2009 when the “embezzlement” took place.

Despite attempts, officials with the customs department could not be contacted for comments.

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Residents repent voting for Cong 
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 15
Residents here repent for having voted for the Congress candidates in the recent Lok Sabha election, as the regional SAD and BJP leaders have allegedly stopped taking interest in the development of the area.

Residents allege that they have not even bothered to impress upon authorities to depute an executive officer here to manage basic amenities.

Seekers of certain testimonials, like birth and death registration certificates and no objection certificates are worst sufferers, as these documents are required for various purposes.

Investigations by The Tribune revealed that there was no one administering the working of local civic body.

A large number of students who wanted to get some testimonials attested for getting admissions were seen returning disappointed from EO’s office.

Former executive officer, who retired on June 30, had allegedly stopped taking interest in the maintenance of civic amenities, so much so that he didn’t even bother to call monthly meetings of councillors.

Ravinder Puri and Bimal Sharma, both councillors, said the situation had arisen due to lack of concern of senior leaders of the SAD and BJP, who were disappointed with the election result.

“Though senior SAD and BJP leaders from Fatehgarh, Ludhiana and Sangrur parliamentary constituencies used to take keen interest in development of the town before election, they virtually stopped doing so after the announcement of results. We requested them to at least hand over administration of Municipal Council as additional charge to some of the executive officers, but all in vain,” said Puri and Sharma. 

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Meeting of Punjabi writers
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindarh, July 15
A meeting of Punjabi Lakhari Sabha held here today at Rose Garden. It was presided over by Mohinder Singh Kainth.

Among the poets and writers who presented their poems, songs, lyrics and stories included Surjeet Singh Marjara, Anoop Khanpuri, Dharampaul Anwar, Jagjit Singh Guram, Ram Singh Albela, Ramesh Kumar, Harbhajan Singh Newan, Hardeep Singh, Talvir Singh, Mehma Singh Arshi, Joginder Singh Bhatia, Rajesh Bhatia and Kulwinder Tatla.

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Property Dispute 
Akali councillor gets bail
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 15
The Court of Judicial Magistrate Amit Thind today granted bail to Akali councillor Kamaljit Singh Karwal in a case regarding dispute over possession of property and allegedly hurting religious beliefs.

Despite getting bail, the councillor could not come out of the jail because he was one of the main accused in an attack on tehsildar GS Benipal and still has to apply for a bail in that case.

He was booked under Sections 295-A, 148, 149 of the IPC at the Shimlapuri police station in January 2009. But he was not arrested in the case for months.

The cops had arrested him when he was already behind bars after surrendering in the case of allegedly stripping off Benipal and launching murderous attackupon him.

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SPORTS

Punjab athletics squads
Our Sports Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 15
Following boys and girls have been chosen by the Punjab Amateur Athletics Association for the forthcoming North Zone Athletics Championship to be held from August 1 to 3 in Dehradun, according to the Ishar Singh Deol, honorary secretary of the association.

Those selected are: Boys u-20: Ravinder Singh (triple jump), Kulwinder Singh (long jump), Swaroop Singh (high jump), Sukhwinder Singh (800m race), Bhupinder Singh (1500m race), Lovedeep Singh and Ranjit Singh (hammer throw), Gurdit Singh and Shamsher Singh (shot put), Yash Raj and Bhagwant Singh (100m and 200m races), Gurtej Singh (110 hurdles), Chetan Deep (400m hurdles), Kirpal Singh and Sukhpal Singh (discus), Bhupinder Singh (javelin), Devinder Singh (400m race) and Tarlochan Singh (1500m race). Boys u-18: Arpinder Singh (long jump, triple jump), Manvir Singh (100m race and 110m hurdles), Prabhjot Singh (discus throw), Gurwant Singh (shot put), Diler Baj (100m race), Manvir Singh (400m race), Amrit Pal Singh (triple jump), Mahavir Singh and Gurpreet Singh (long jump), Jagdeep Singh (hammer throw), Deepak (10 km walk), Tejinder Pal Singh (shot put) and Jashanjot Singh (110m hurdles). Boys u-16: Sneh Inder Singh (200m race), Jatin Jain (400m race), Anmol Singh (100m hurdles), Gurpreet Singh and Harbhajan Singh (shot put) and Vikram (long jump). Girls u-20: Swaranjit Kaur (400m race), Rajinder Kaur (triple jump), Bakbir Kaur (long jump), Deepti (100m and 200m race), Satinder Kaur (800m and 1500m race) and Amrit Pal Kaur (10 km walk). Girls u-18: Jasbir Kaur (triple jump), Lovepreet Kaur (long jump), Amandeep Kaur (javelin), Simran Kaur (100m hurdles), Indu (100m and 400m race), Khushbir Kaur and Rimpi Kaur (5 km walk), Sharanjit Kaur (hammer throw) and Harpreet Kaur (javelin).Girls u-16: Harmandeep Kaur (javelin) and Bhumika (long jump).

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