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Admn’s blooper: 200 voters get 2 IDs each
Jassian residents shown living in non-existent colony
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

A voters’ ID card issued to a Jassian resident shows him as resident of Balloke, while another one identifies him as a Ram Nagar resident in Ludhiana.
Gaffe A voters’ ID card issued to a Jassian resident shows him as resident of Balloke, while another one identifies him as a Ram Nagar resident in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, July 3
It is raining voters’ IDs for around 200 residents of Jassian village, who have been issued two IDs each, that too without any discrepancies. In one of the sets of IDs, they have been made residents of a non-existent locality.

In a major gaffe, the administration has shown these people as residents of Ram Nagar in one lot of the IDs and Balloke in the other. However, their original place of residence — Jassian — finds no mention any where, much to the chagrin of the affected residents.

Finding their names twice on the voters’ list, they are now wondering if they will be allowed to cast their ballot twice on the day of voting.

Interestingly, while Balloke village exists in their neighbourhood, there is no locality in the name of Ram Nagar in the area.

Both sets of IDs were issued after a gap of six months. The second set was issued in March this year. While senior officials of the administration say it is not possible for so many residents to get two sets of IDs due to technical reasons, Jassian residents have complained that their addresses have been changed in the card.

“It is shocking that such an important document shows wrong details of our place of residence. Several residents have prepared passports on the basis of this card, as they are illiterate. Who is responsible for this anomaly?” said Shiv Soni, a resident of the area.

“I was shocked to receive two IDs in my name. One of them is in Punjabi, while the other is in English. I have been shown as a resident of Ram Nagar in one and Balloke in the other. Same is the case with my son,” said Bishan Dass Bhatia, a resident.

Similarly, at least 173 others have duplicate cards in their possession. “We all have two cards each. Nobody has even questioned us about the matter,” said Rajesh Kaul, another resident.

Shiv Soni said parts 162 and 163 of the voters’ list carried at least 200 residents whose names had been duplicated. “My vote appears in parts 162 and 163 of the list. Will I be allowed to vote at two places? Is it not a mockery of democracy?” he said, adding that it smacked of foul play by some politician of the area, who wanted some residents to vote for a particular candidate.

Return duplicate IDs: DC

}It is impossible for residents to get two IDs each, as the voters’ numbers are registered on the rolls of the election department. Still, I will get to the bottom of the matter. The residents are requested to return one card to us, as it is illegal to keep two IDs.~

Rahul Tiwari,Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner


Pirated CDs worth Rs 4.5 lakh seized from two shops
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 3
Over 20,000 pirated CDs were seized by the police during raids on two video shops in Bhadaur House market here this afternoon. The pirated CDs seized are worth over Rs 4.5 lakh.

The raids were conducted by a team of around 10 police officials led by Kotwali SHO Swapan Sharma.

Sharma said the police conducted raids following a tip-off. The raids were conducted at Pappu Video Centre and Sunil Video Centre in Bhadaur House.

The pirated CDs were seized from three godowns located upstairs in the shops.

“We had information that business worth several lakhs of rupees was being carried out in an illegal manner (violation of Copyright Act). It took us over two hours to conduct the raid. Cases have been registered against the defaulters under the relevant Act,” said Sharma.

It is not the first time that such raids have been conducted by the police and anti-piracy sleuths in the Bhadaur House area.

CDs and DVDs worth several lakhs of rupees had been recovered by the police in the past too.

The Bhadaur House area is considered the hub of the pirated CD business. CDs and DVDs of all latest Hollywood and Bollywood movies are available in the market for a song.

In an attempt to make a quick buck, shopkeepers do not even hesitate selling CDs and DVDs of adult movies to small children.

Not just shops, even roadside vendors sell pirated CDs out in the open. One can get pirated CDs of latest Bollywood and Hollywood movies for just Rs 20 from a particular market. The sources added that Bhadaur House Market was considered to be the “wholesale” market of pirated CDs from where other shopkeepers made bulk purchases at lower rates.



Girl, family poison boyfriend
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 3
A 20-year-old boy of Parbhat Nagar in Shimlapuri was allegedly killed by his girlfriend and her family members by offering him juice laced with poison.

The boy, Deepak Sharma, was in love with Monika and her parents were opposed to their affair.

According to his father, Raj Kumar, Deepak went to his coaching centre yesterday morning and was invited by the girl to her brother’s juice shop in the Ram Nagar area of Shimlapuri.

When he went there, he was offered a glass of juice laced with poison, claimed Raj Kumar.

“On returning home, he started vomiting. We took him to several hospitals and was finally referred to the DMC hospital where he was declared brought dead in the evening,” claimed Raj Kumar. The Shimlapuri police today registered a case of murder under Section 302, IPC, against the girl, her father, Vinod Kumar, her mother and two brothers after a postmortem report confirmed poisoning.



In tragedy, they see hope for others
Parents donate son’s organs
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 3
After losing their only son, Ayush Monga, life perhaps holds no meaning for Dr Archana Monga and Sanjeev Monga. Ayush who had been suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia (blood cancer) for the past three years died on June 27.

Although the loss is irreparable, his parents mustered courage and donated their son’s organs to the PGI, Chandigarh, for research.

Talking to The Tribune, Ayush’s father Sanjeev Monga, manager with Satluj Gramin Bank, Sherpur Kalan, said: “We donated his viscera, kidneys and brain to the PGI for research. We want the doctors to pinpoint the reasons for a sudden U-turn in the treatment of Ayush, who was responding well to the treatment and was on the road to recovery. But God snatched our beloved son. He had seizures on June 10 and we took him to the PGI, where he was receiving treatment. But on June 27, he left us forever. The doctors were more interested in study of his brain, as he had seizures 16 days before his death. We allowed them to take the relevant organs to help them get some lead into his sudden death and help save lives in the future.”

A class-VIII student of Sacred Heart School, BRS Nagar, Ayush was among the brilliant students of the class. His teacher Avneet Kaur recalls: “It was a pleasure seeing him in my class. He was career oriented and always participated in different competitions, especially brain-teasers.”

However, destiny had different plans for him. He was diagnosed with ALL in May, 2008 and underwent chemotherapy at the PGI. During the treatment, he was fully aware of all aspects of his ailment, and surprised doctors, nurses and those around him with his courage and strength. He even assisted the attending doctors/nurses and relatives during his treatment.

Monga said: “We had even offered his organs for transplant to needy patients. The authorities declined to do so but accepted his brain and some other organs for research.”

Shaken by his death, Ayush’s friend Harshdeep recollected him as a “very good friend”.

Ayush’s father said: “He was an excellent cook. He used to cook dinner for us every Saturday and breakfast the next day. Now, he is not around to serve us.”



Lovers missing, youth’s kin suspect murder
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, July 3
In a suspected incident of honour killing, a Dalit youth of Lamma Jattpura village, near here, who was kidnapped from the local bus station last evening along with his girlfriend hailing from the same village was allegedly killed by the family members of the girl.

The youth, Gagandeep Singh, son of Gurcharan Singh of Lamma Jattpura village, was trying to elope with the girl when they were kidnapped by some unknown persons.

Following the incident, the local police registered a case of kidnapping against two persons — Kulwant Singh and Sukhchain Singh, both of Lamma Jattpura village — and launched a search operation to find the two. No one has been arrested in this regard so far.

As both have been missing so far, it is believed that the youth had been killed and his body destroyed by the kidnappers. The kidnappers might have also killed the girl, it was also believed.

The family members of the youth have also suspected that he might have been killed by the family members of the girl.

However, the police has not confirmed the death of the youth, saying it was too early to arrive at any conclusion, especially in the absence of a body.

Gagandeep’ father Gurcharan Singh suspected that his son had been killed by the girl’s family.

Gurcharan Singh said the girl’s family had issued death threats to the youth in the past. “Gagandeep was kidnapped from the Jagraon bus station last evening. I fear my son has been killed by the family members of the girl and his body destroyed,” alleged Gurcharan Singh.

He added that Gagandeep fell in love with a girl belonging to a rich family of the same village and both wanted to get married.

Though the youth’s family had given their consent to their getting married, the girl’s family was opposed to it and had even issued death threats to Gagandeep in the past, alleged Gagandeep’s father.

Jagraon city police station SHO Inderjit Singh said there was no proof of the youth’s killing.

“We have registered a case of kidnapping on the complaint of youth’s father Gurcharan Singh and the investigation is on. We have also conducted raids at various places in search of the youth and the girl but to no avail,” he added.

On if it was a case of honour killing, he said: “It will be too early to say anything regarding this as we have found no such evidence. We haven’t found the body yet.”

Meanwhile, speculation were rife that the youth had been killed and his body thrown in a canal in the Moga area. 



108: Newborn first to get help
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 3
The ambulance service launched yesterday by the health department under the “Atal Swasthhya Sewa: Dial 108 in emergency” project remained busy taking queries of residents and providing services to 18 patients and accident victims in the district today.

The first one to get help was a newborn at the local Civil Hospital. Talking to The Tribune, Raghav, an emergency medical technician (EMT) deputed with one of the ambulances, said: “We got the first call amidst the launch ceremony of the ambulances at the Civil Hospital yesterday when Jatin Malhotra, our cluster leader, asked us to provide services to a newborn from the Civil Hospital along with his attendants.

“As per the request made by the doctors and parents of the baby, we took the baby to the Christian Medical College and Hospital as it was too week. After reaching the CMCH, the parents of the newborn decided to get their baby treated at Deep Hospital. So we took him to Deep Hospital and got him admitted there in time.”

Ambulance driver Kewal Singh from Gurdaspur district said: “Although the city is new to me, I am happy to have taken the baby to Deep Hospital in time and saved a precious life.”

Meanwhile, the control room of “Ambulance 108” remained busy receiving queries from local residents throughout the day.

Jagdeep Singh, cluster leader of the ambulance services in the city’s outskirts and rural areas, said: “We provided services to eight patients and accident victims in our area. Out of these, two were delivery patients i.e. at Dehlon and Samrala, and were taken to the nearest civil hospitals.”

Free-of-cost service

By dialing toll-free number 108, anyone can access the free-of-cost ambulance service in case of an emergency. The service is provided to those in need for the nearest government hospital. Also, no charges are levied for taking the patient to a private hospital.



Desilting, cleanliness work sped up in Buddha Nullah
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

MC officials inspect the desilting and cleanliness work in progress at Buddha Nullah.
MC officials inspect the desilting and cleanliness work in progress at Buddha Nullah. Photos: Inderjeet verma

Ludhiana, July 3
The issuing of a show-cause notice to an executive engineer, handling desilting, cleanliness and strengthening of banks along the Buddha Nullah ahead of the monsoon season, seems to have worked right for the Municipal Corporation. The work, which was earlier going on at a slow pace, seems to have sped up, as the MC officials were seen actively participating in the cleanliness work even today, which was a holiday.

On June 24, the MC commissioner, along with a battery of MC officials, took a round of the Buddha Nullah within the municipal limits. The commissioner showed his unhappiness over the slow pace of work, with the arrival of the monsoon season and issued a show-cause notice to XEN AK Gupta and later shifted him. XEN Kamlesh Bansal was then given the charge of the cleanliness work.

The 14-km stretch within the municipal limits, starting from near Central Jail till Balloke village, has 25 pullis (small bridges).

During the monsoon season, it has been seen that due to throwing of the garbage in the Buddha Nullah, the filth gets clogged and chokes various points of the nullah, it even overflows during the monsoon season.

Every monsoon season, it is the same story as the nullah overflows from one point or the other. The drainage department of the Municipal Corporation is always accused of not desilting the nullah on time, which results in such incidents.

Even in July last year, the Buddha Nullah had overflowed from one point and the water had accumulated in areas along the Tajpur Road.

XEN Kamlesh Bansal said Rs 52 lakh was granted for this work by the irrigation department to the MC. "We are using our existing machinery and have even hired some machines," informed Bansal.

For this purpose, the MC has taken two pock-lain machines on a monthly rent of Rs 2.5 lakh each, besides taking eight tippers on a monthly rent of Rs 1.25 lakh each.

"A total of 22 tippers, two ditch machines and more than 70 MC officials have been working day in and day night for this work. The pullis have been cleaned and almost 70 percent of the total work has been completed. I assure the residents that within next 15 days we would complete the work," Bansal said.



Reporters Diary
Open-minded officials too have a nose for off-beat stories

It seems that officials in the city, too, want to read soft news or off-beat stories in newspapers at times instead of routine "hard-hitting" stories by reporters. A senior official posted in the city does not miss an opportunity to "compliment" the reporters, who do such off-beat stories. Two of my colleagues got a pleasant surprise when this particular official complimented them through an sms in the morning itself for doing "good off-beat" stories recently.Perhaps such articles provide "freshness" to readers. Another reporter remarked, "Poor officials, we keep on highlighting their failures, still they take everything in their stride. Instead of keeping grudges against the reporters, they motivate us through compliments!"

For the sake of snacks

The employees of the health department who came to collect their appointment letters for a regular service at Kidwai Nagar function organised by the health department were overjoyed. After the address by the health minister, Pran Nath Bhatia, a local BJP leader said, “Do not leave the venue without tasting sweets" . All the employees were being offered snacks like samosa and barfi. Suddenly one of the employees who was not given an appointment letter due to one year of her service said, “It seems that we have been called to offer these snacks in the rain as we were not issued appointment letters." Listening to this, her companions also left the venue in a bad mood without having snacks.

A welcome move

The Health department's directive asking the ‘golgappa’ vendors to wear polythene gloves has come as a huge respite for the consumers. Though it is a delayed move, it is being welcomed by one and all. But the residents want more from the department. They want a check on adulteration of milk and food products and ripening of fruits by artificial means also. It is a message to the Civil Surgeon, if he can take up the cudgels and crack a whip at the defaulters.

No traffic rules for police, VIPs

In a recent move, the top brass of the traffic police have enforced "one way" traffic on some of the most busy, or congested stretches of certain roads where flow of vehicular traffic remains disturbed all through the day. However, a majority of motorists or two-wheeler drivers, in the habit of flouting traffic rules, violate the restrictions, more so when traffic cops are not on duty at these particular points. The road from Prince Hostel to PAU Gate No 4, recently declared a one -way road, has a barricade put up on the entry (or rather no entry point) with a traffic warden deployed to enforce the rules. But of all the people, policewallahs themselves, are the biggest offenders in violating the rules. With rear gate of the district police lines located a little ahead on this road, the police vehicles, vans, motocycles and at times cars with read beacons atop some of them, can be seen making entry on to this road with the traffic cop on duty looking on helplessly.

Jungle mania

School functions are the best medium when children actually get acquainted with different cultures of various states of India and abroad. While in routine, students of primary wing read about the cultures, festivals, traditions and dances of different states and countries but during the annual functions they actually get chance to live these cultures. Generally, teachers who plan the annual functions make it a point that cultural items, which are to be presented during the function are based on cultures of different states and countries. They include Rajasthani dances, Italian dance, salsa dance, Naga dance and so on. Kids actually get the real feeling of these cultures and traditions. A group of small boys who presented a Naga dance on the annual event of the school were actually thrilled to get a jungle makeover (see pic). The entire group was excited about their appearance and even after their cultural show was over they did not change their outfits and went home in the same attire enjoying attention of the onlookers

No training, no photograph

The controversy surrounding hand held fogging machines doesn't seem to die down. Starting these machines for fogging purposes is a cumbersome process as it takes atleast 5 minutes to start these machines. A councillor wanted to have his fogging process covered in the newspaper. He called some mediapersons to the spot, but the machine could not be started despite repeated attempts. "What can we do when we are not given any training to operate them. Even on other days, it takes a lot of time to start these machines," said the councillor.

— Contributed by Shivani Bhakoo, Anupam Bhagria, Kanchan Vasdev, Manav Mander and Puneet Pal Singh Gill



Residents of sensitive villages worried
Appeal government to fortify embankments along Sutlej 
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, July 3
The heavy pre-monsoon rain lashing the region in the past few days has left thousands of residents of more than one dozen flood-sensitive villages located near Satluj in the Sidhwan Bet Sub-Tehsil area feeling insecure about their safety.

Tension has gripped the residents of Bhundri, Kot Umra, Gorsian Khan Mohammad, Abbuwal, Abbupura, Hunjra, Khurshaidpura, Parjian, Biharipur, Kannian, Hussaini, Baghia, Sarwal, Pamal, Bahasar and some other villages due to rise in the water level of Satluj river due to continious rain in the past few days.

The residents of these villages have urged the state government to make sure that timely efforts are made to fortify the river fences to avoid flood-like situation failing which will lead to heavy financial loses.

A majority of the population of these villages depend upon agriculture and every year they incur heavy loses due to floods as all their corps get damaged in the floodwater.

In the recent times too, the people of these villages have incurred heavy loses because of floods. The situation was to different during the last monsoon season when all these villages were flooded with river water due to heavy rains in the region and the crops of farmers of these villages were damaged completely.

“Every year we face huge loses due to floods. When there are heavy rains and the water level of Bhakhra Nangal Dam rises, the floodgates of the dam are opened, as a result, the water level of the river rise suddenly and sometimes it breaches the fencing causing floods”, said Mohinder Singh of Kannian village situated only few hundred meters away from Satluj.

According to villagers, a huge rise was noticed in the water level of Satluj during the pre-monsoon rain, which has lashed the region recently. The villagers feel that if heavy rains continue during the coming days and no necessary step is taken by the administration to fortify the river fences, they might face heavy floods due to constantly rising water level of the river.

On the other hand, Jagdish Virdi, JE, drainage department, when contacted claimed that the main reason behind the rise in the water level of Satluj was heavy rain in the upper areas of the northern region.

He further said that the department conducted a survey of the situation in these villages and a plan of action was being prepared. “We are well aware of the situation and keeping a constant vigil on the sensitive points of the river. The department is all set to counter any kind of situation in case there are floods,” he added. 



Finally, heaps of garbage lifted from Jagraon
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, July 3
The local administration finally swung into action and got heaps of garbage lifted at various places in the town.

Following a news report published in these columns on July 1, a joint team of officials and employees from the health department and municipal council carried out a special cleanliness drive.

Ludhiana DC Rahul Tiwari during a meeting with the health department and civic body officials in Ludhiana on Wednesday, had instructed the latter to check the sanitation level and get the garbage lifted on a regular basis, but the local authorities did nothing to improve the situation.

The team, which carried out the cleanliness drive, was led by Dr Harinder Kumar Sharma, Civil Hospital, Jagraon, and Balwinder Kumar Jhanji, sanitation inspector, municipal council, Jagraon. Besides, the health department officials also launched an awareness drive to create awareness among people about water-borne diseases.

Different teams from the health department visited various areas of the town and nearby villages and instructed people to keep their surroundings neat and clean and avoid eating stale and unhygienic eatables. Pamphlets containing information about the causes of diseases and measures to keep these at bay were also distributed among people.

Dr Harinder Kumar Sharma said such drives and campaigns would be held in future also.



CIPHET develops ohmic heater
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 3
Achieving a new landmark in research, Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) has developed an ohmic heater for stabilisation of rice bran oil. The technology, which would help scale up the production of rice bran oil and increase its shelf life, is first of its kind in the country.

Senior scientists Dr Devinder Dhingra and Dr Sangeeta Chopra, who have developed ohmic heater for rice bran, said, “Through ohmic heat we will be able to preserve important ingredients,” he said.

V Gowthaman said a number of health benefits were attached with this oil. 



City nursing home gets HBOT centre
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 3
A city nursing hospital has been equipped with hyperbaric oxygen (HBOT) therapy. According to Dr Neeraj Arora, “It is an under-pressure environment providing 100 per cent oxygen to a patient to improve or correct certain disorders.”

The therapeutic principle of HBOT lies in its ability to drastically increase partial pressure of oxygen in the tissues of the body. The oxygen partial pressures achievable using HBOT is higher than those achievable while breathing pure oxygen at normobaric conditions. Greater amount of oxygen is absorbed into the plasma, synovial fluid and cerebral fluid when the body is pressurised using a hyperbaric chamber.

He further said, “Patients suffering from different disorders can benefit from HBOT. These include diabetic foot, non-healing ulcers, cerebral palsy, ulcerative colitis, diabetic retinopathy, central retinal artery occlusion, gastric/duodenal ulcer, traumatic brain injury, drowning gas gangrene, air or gas embolism, crush injury, thermal burns, skin grafts, autism, certain kinds of hearing loss, multiple sclerosis, etc.”



Artificially coloured fruits being sold openly in city 
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

A fruit vendor sells litchis that have been artificially coloured; and (right) a seller with the fruit that has not been coloured in Ludhiana on Sunday.
A fruit vendor sells litchis that have been artificially coloured; and (right) a seller with the fruit that has not been coloured in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, July 3
The sale of coloured fruits is on in full swing in the city but the health department is yet to swing into action. Go to any litchi seller, you will find two types of leechies, one is coloured while the other is not coloured. Similarly, fruits like pomegranate and musk melons are also coloured with artificial colours just to attract the buyers.

Shahabuddin, a litchi seller, on the Ferozepur road, said, “We decorate the litchies with holi colours . These make them look attractive and are not harmful as they are eaten after peeling off the outer cover."

One can check this out as coloured water can be seen leaking through their reharies. Deena Nath, a pomegranate seller in Model Gram, said, “What will we earn by selling raw fruits. The added colour brings us some extra pennies."

Interestingly the fruit which is coloured is otherwise not ripe one and thus leads to stomach problems.

Health dept yet to swing into action

The health department is yet to take action. Dr Kunwinder Singh, district health officer, said, “I have joined here just two days ago. We will take action soon."

Meanwhile Dr H S Bali, civil surgeon, Ludhiana, who issued instructions to all the gol gappa vendors to use hand gloves was yet to check whether the instructions were being carried out.

Bali said, “For the past two days we were busy with some functions. Now we will start a checking drive from tomorrow. I will also hold a meeting with fruit sellers and ask them not to colour fruits for the sake of money."



Gang of cheats from UP, Bihar on the prowl
Duping victims by offering ‘treasure’ for a song
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, JuLY 3
An organised inter-state gang of cheats, running their operations from remote areas of UP, Bihar and MP, has been targeting local residents these days. These cheats make use of cheap mobile calls rates to trap innocent residents.

The modus operandi of the cheats is simple. They feign finding a treasure of gold and lure their target to visit the border areas of the neighbouring states to strike a deal for a song.

While some ignore the call, others fall into the trap and get cheated.

The matter came to light after several residents, including some police officials, politicians, employees of the administration and advocates, received calls from anonymous numbers, wherein the callers used a familiar name to identify themselves and claimed to having found gold coins during digging.

They even offered to give a sample of the gold coin and fix a meeting.

“In the first meeting, they gain their target’s confidence. In the second meeting, they rob the victim when the latter goes with cash to finalise the deal,” said a police officer investigating the modus operandi of the cheats.

He added that as the cheating incidents generally took place in UP, MP and Bihar, the cases went unnoticed here. Further, the victim, fearing public embarrassment, remained silent and did not report the matter to the city police. The officer said the phone numbers had been procured by submitting fake documents at the place of their origin.

“They make bulk calls - 200 to 500 calls a day - hoping to increase the chances of making a catch,” said the officer. The Commissioner of Police received complaints pertaining to anonymous calls and sources said investigations were on to arrest the culprits.

“The safest thing to do is not to pay heed to such calls. Gold costs over Rs 22,000 per 10 gram and its hard to find treasure these days. Even if someone does find one, they will not go out looking for buyers as there are enough buyers to purchase gold,” said the police official.



Women insecure as snatching incidents on the rise
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 3
The city seems to have become an unsafe place for women as snatching incidents have seen an increase in the recent times. It may be posh localities or interior parts of the city, snatchers look for an opportunity to target vulnerable victims i.e. women.

Not just they loot their valuables, but also injure them severely while committing the crime.

In the last evening’s incident, a middle-aged woman, Malika was injured badly, while snatchers fled away with her earrings and other valuables at Gurdev Nagar, one of the posh areas in the city.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital at Gurdev Nagar. This is not a single case, similar incidents have taken place at Haibowal, Civil Lines, Atam Nagar, BRS Nagar in recent times and criminals get hardly nabbed by the police in a majority of the incidents.

Due to the sudden rise in snatching incidents, the women in the city, especially middle aged and elderly women, have started feeling insecure while going out alone. Sudha Wadhwa, a city resident, said she used to go for morning walk at Leisure Valley but due to such incidents, her family did not allow her to go alone. “We do not feel secure. Anyone can target us while we are alone,” said Wadhwa.

While Kajal Berry, a young homemaker at College Road, said married women usually prefer to wear a pair of bangles, a thin chain and earrings and the cost of these ornaments could be up to Rs 1 lakh, as the yellow metal had become out of reach these days.

“More than valuables, there is a threat to one’s life. While committing the crime, snatchers will not mind injuring the victim. We used to hear about such incidents from our parents, grandparents once a while, but these days the incidents have become a routine,” said Berry.

Scared and panicked by such incidents, women have started removing jewellery while going out for morning and evening walks.

Prabha, a resident, said she removed the chain and bangles while going to PAU for a walk in the morning. “It is good not to take any chance rather than cribbing afterwards. But these incidents are unfortunate, the police needs to act tough with criminals to secure women in the city,” she added.



Passion for lifting weights with eyes, hair'
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Rakesh Kumar lifts a 10-kg weight with his left eye in Ludhiana on Sunday.
Rakesh Kumar lifts a 10-kg weight with his left eye in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, July 3
Playing with weights and lifting any amount of weight with his ears, hair and even eyes is his passion. He already has his name registered in the Guinness Book of World Records thrice, while 16 records speak in his name in the Limca Book of Records.

Meet city-based Rakesh Kumar (30), who has in total 19 records in his name. He performed a feat today, which was no child’s play. He lifted 10 kg with his one eye. He adjusted a hook in his left eye and to everyone’s astonishment lifted 10 kg with his one eye.

“I already have this act recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records, but the weight I had lifted was six-and-a-half kilogram. In today’s attempt, I had lifted 10 kg and will be re-sending it for the Guinness Book of World Records,” he said.

Two other records, which are there in his name include lifting 71 kg with one ear in 2008, which was broken by a Pakistan resident, so he again attempted the same and lifted 81 kg in 2011.

Lifting weights is his only passion, which started some six to seven years back. He was a regular at the gym and soon started experimenting with the weights by lifting them with his ears and hair. “I practice regularly and concentration on the task is the only key for success,” he adds.

Apart from this, Rakesh can pull a Wagon R car with his eye and also with one nail, lift 11 kg with two ears, lift 120 kg with his teeth, pull school bus with his teeth and hair and can do 96 push-ups on one hand in one minute.

“Every time I perform a new task, my parents are apprehensive and do not want me to do such dangerous tasks. But with the Almighty’s grace and my parents blessings, I have always performed well without hurting myself,” he signs off.



Residents demand demolition of rooms
Construction on encroached land earlier removed on June 27
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 3
Even as a liquor vend situated inside an encroached area of a park in Sunet village was demolished by Municipal Corporation officials on June 27, two more rooms, which are also constructed on the encroached park land are yet to be demolished by the MC.

Area residents have demanded that the rooms should be demolished soon, else they would be forced to hold a protest against MC officials.

A portion of this park, which is situated in L block of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar near Sunet village, was encroached upon for running a liquor vend for almost a decade.

The Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) had acquired this land as park, after which some persons encroached upon a portion of it and gave it on rent to liquor vend owner.

For several years, the area residents were demanding demolition of this liquor vend and were stating that a park should be developed on the land.

But for a long time, the MC officials kept claiming that this land was never acquired by LIT officials. However, later, LIT confirmed to MC that they had acquired this land for a park and that the encroachments should be removed.

A team of MC officials led by Assistant Town Planner Surinder Singh Bindra had demolished the encroachment on June 27, but they left two other rooms situated inside the park as it is.

They had assured us that the rooms would be demolished in a couple of days, as the liquor contractor had stored his stock in them. But almost a week has passed and leave aside the demolition of those rooms, the MC has failed to even get the debris removed from the site,” alleged Col JS Brar, president of Maha Sabha, Ludhiana, which spearheaded a campaign against this encroachment.

On the other hand, MC officials claimed that they would not be demolishing these rooms, but would hand them over to the horticulture department, so that they can be used when the park becomes functional.

ATP Surinder Singh Bindra informed that soon a park would be maintained on this piece of land. “At that time, the horticulture department might need to use these rooms for storing their equipment.

That is why we have decided not to demolish them but to transfer them to the horticulture department of the MC. We have already initiated the transfer process,” claimed Bindra.



Left protest against LPG price hike 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 3
The CPI and CPM took out a rally from a bus stand to the mini- secretariat in protest against the rise in prices of diesel, kerosene, LPG and all other essential commodities.

Those who spoke on the occasion said the Central government was warned that de-regulation of prices of oil would give free hand to companies to raise prices at will and hit common man hard. They demanded immediate rollback of the hike in prices of essential commodities, diesel, kerosene and LPG. Both parties termed it as a bolt from the blue for common man who has been forced to cut his kitchen budget.

At least 2,500 children die every day in India due of malnutrition. Out of 17.8 lakh children who die every year, 8.8 lakh die of malnutrition. Leaders said the new economic policies of leaving everything to market were playing with the lives of the people. They added that inflation of food prices had gone up to 20 per cent and the trend was worrisome, as food is needed to sustain life.

The Left leaders demanded stern action against hoarders and black marketers and an end to forward trading to control the prices. 



MC councillor launches website to reach out to masses
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 3
In a bid to reach the masses and taking advantage of the new age technology, a councillor of the Municipal Corporation has made his own website. He is the second councillor to own a website, with the first one being senior Deputy Mayor Parveen Bansal. Thirty-three-year-old Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal, who is councillor from ward number 59, is also in touch with his ward residents through social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter and says through these social networking sites, he comes to know real problems faced by area residents.

“Yesterday, a women from E block of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar area sent me a message on my Facebook account stating that her area needs fogging as the number of mosquitoes have increased manifold. I immediately sent a team of MC officials, who conducted fogging with the help of hand-held fogging machines. Another resident told me about the maintenance of trees in his area, which was also taken care of. These days almost everyone has a Facebook account and for them, it’s easy to contact their elected representative on this social networking site,” says Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal.

But if you are on social networking sites, then why a need for website? “Through my website, www.tanvirsinghdhaliwal.com, I can express myself easily. I can share a lot of things about my life through a website. Days are not far when having a website would be as necessary as having a mobile phone. Right now, we are just having a trial run of the website and soon an option would be added, where people can submit their grievances and problems, so that they can be taken care of accordingly,” says Tanvir, who has been a national-level hockey player during his graduation days in SCD Government College here.



Four injured as car falls into trench
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
The newly launched ambulance service is proving a boon for city residents. In the latest incident, four persons had narrow escape after their car fell in a 10-feet deep trench dug up to construct a road on the under construction slip road after being hit by a pickup truck near Shakti Nagar in Basti Jodhewal where the National Highway - expressway project is underway.

Had the ambulance not reached on time and rushed them to hospital the accident could have been fatal.

The injured have been identified as Sunil, Ashok Sharma, Tarun ad Raj Kumar of Jodhewal and Gobind Garrh Mandi respectively.

The injured were rushed to the hospital and were reported to be out of danger.

They were travelling towards Samrala Chowk when their vehicle was knocked by over speeding Tata- 407 pickup truck. The driver of the car lost control and the car fell on the slip road. In not time the ambulance reached the spot and rushed them to the hospital. 



SAD-BJP activists seek clemency for Bhullar

Ludhiana, July 3
Led by vice-president of the party Amarjit Singh Bhatia, activists of SAD-BJP yesterday held a protest against the death sentence awarded to Devinderpal Singh Bhullar.

They demanded clemency for him. The party workers earlier performed an "ardas" for Bhullar at Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib and thereafter marched to Jagraon bridge. Bhatia said by ignoring their demand of converting death penalty to Bhullar into life imprisonment, the Centre had, once again, proved its bias against Sikhs. The protesters submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner. — OC




District Scan

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120 donate blood
Madhav Rao Moole Samiti organised a blood donation camp at the Tagore Bhavan here on Sunday. As many as 120 volunteers donated blood at the camp. Vishav Bandhu, general manager, District Industries Centre, was the chief guest, while Rajesh Sood, joint secretary of DMCH managing society, was the special guest. Vishav Bandhu said it was heartening to see the enthusiasm shown by retired persons and their will to work for social cause. Rajesh Sood complimented the donors.

Chartered accountants’ day
The Ludhiana branch of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India observed chartered accountants day at the ICAI Bhawan here on Saturday. Body chairman Pankaj Periwal hoisted the ICAI flag at the function, which was attended by about 200 chartered accountants and CA students. Nearly 100 saplings were planted and a blood donation camp was also organised in which 150 units of blood was collected. Harish Rai Dhanda, SAD-B legislator; Sukhdeep Singh Grewal, sarpanch of Daad village; and Dr Amarjeet Kaur from the department of transfusion medicine from Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, were also present. — TNS



NRI husband booked for demanding dowry
Depression had claimed life of victim’s father
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 3
An Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) died of a cardiac arrest after failing to provide relief to his daughter, who was deserted by her NRI husband a day after her marriage. The police has now swooped into action and booked the UK-based NRI, Ranjit Singh, for fraud and thrashing the woman for dowry.

Gurmail Singh, who was posted as an ASI in traffic police, died on Thursday following a cardiac arrest. He was under depression after Ranjit Singh deserted his daughter Amanpreet Kaur and fled to England.

According to Amanpreet, the marriage was solemnised on April 29. “But the next day I was thrown out of the house. My ornaments were also kept by my in-laws. Few days later my husband fled to England and asked me to arrange Rs 50 lakh. He told me that only after arranging the dowry amount he would take me to England,” said Amanpreet.

The police yesterday booked Ranjit Singh, his parents Gurcharan Singh and Manjit Kaur under Sections 420, 498, 406 of the IPC for fraud and thrashing a married woman for dowry. The trio is on the run, while the police has arrested Vijay Kumar, a relative of the accused.



Abducted minor girl recovered after six weeks
Mahesh Sharma

Malauadh, July 3
The local police has succeeded in recovering minor girl of a Dalit family of Ramgarh Sardaran village who was allegedly abducted by a youth of Laadpur Tooran village six weeks ago.

The accused, Khushia alias Raju of Laadpur Tooran, booked under Sections 363 and 366 of the IPC, and his accomplice Hanso (mother) and Hans Raj of Mehlan Chowk Sangrur (an uncle) have been arrested from various places.

Babli (14) of Model Town locality at Ramgarh Sardaran village had disappeared under mysterious circumstance on the intervening night of May 21 and 22. Failing to find their daughter for two days, parents of the victim lodged a complaint with the local place.

Investigations by a police team led by Ashok Sharma, SHO, revealed that Khushia had abducted the girl with the connivance of his mother Hanso and an uncle Hans Raj. Though the police had succeeded in nabbing Hanso and Hans Raj from separate places, Khushia succeeded in taking away the girl from the area. However, he had to change his location due to repeated raids by the police at the hideouts.

The police arrested him when he was trying to leave the area after taking some goods of daily use from his house yesterday. Babli was also recovered on the basis of information received from him.

Accusing the accused of abducting her on pretext of marriage, Babli alleged that Khushia had exploited her physically repeatedly by threatening to eliminate her in case of resistance. The duo had stayed at various religious places in Haryana and UP besides Punjab.



One booked on assault charge
Mahesh Sharma

Mullanpur Dakha, July 3
The local police has booked the organiser of an orchestra group of Jalandhar for allegedly assaulting members of another group from Zeera at a resort near Bhanohar. The injured include a female dancer.

Though the incident took place a week ago, the case was registered today after the injured were considered fit to give their statements.

According to Rajinder Kumar Bhalla, manager of the SSG International Group, Sonu, organiser of Hum Tum orchestra Group, Jalandhar, and his accomplice had allegedly assaulted Arti, a dancer of his group, on the intervening night of June 26 and June 27.



Man dies in road mishap
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, July 3
An unidentified migrant labourer who was run over by some unknown vehicle on the Ludhiana- Ferozepur road near Bhanohar village has succumbed to his injuries.

Having booked unknown persons under Section 304 A and 279 of the IPC, the police has sought help of office-bearers and activists of the civic bodies of the area in identification of the victim.

The victim was wearing yellow shirt and blue trousers at the time of the incident. He was shifted to civil hospital at Ludhiana after the accident. 



Amanjot outperforms Kanishk
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 3
A chess tournament for children was organised by the LIC Employees’ Sports and Recreation Club. The tournament was organised for the children of employees and members of the LIC Sports Club. The tournament was held for the children in the age group of 8 to 19 years and it was divided into three groups i.e. 8 to 12 years, 12 to 15 years and 15 to 19 years. A total of 30 participants are participating in the tournament.

The tournament was conducted on a knock-out basis.

Results: Group A (8-12 years): Amanjot Kaur beat Kanishk Garga and secured first position, whereas Harlean Kaur bagged third position by beating Riya Verma. Group B (12-15 years): Gurleen Kaur got first position by beating Sagar Sondhi, whereas Rahul Thapar got third position by beating Divyanshu Sharma.

Group C (15-19 years): Satvik Malhotra got first position by beating Saiyam Kalia, whereas Amanjot Singh got third position.



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