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ADCP (traffic) challaned
The officer was violating the SC order on use of black film on his vehicle
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
The custodian of law paid the price for violating law. Exemplifying zero tolerance for traffic violation in both letter and spirit, Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh ordered the removal of black film from the vehicle belonging to the newly appointed Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP-Traffic) Satvir Atwal.

The incident took place last night, when ADCP (Traffic) Satvir Atwal's wife visited the Sarabha Nagar market in the vehicle having tinted windscreen and red beacon on top.

According to sources, a resident rang up police officials, asking them whether the Supreme Court's order did not apply to the ADCP's vehicle.

The matter reached the Commissioner of Police and he directed the police officials concerned to check the truth.

In the meantime, ADCP Satvir Atwal reached the spot. The police officials confirmed that the Toyota Innova having black film belonged to the ADCP.

Sources said the ADCP (Traffic) received a dressing down from the commissioner for violating the Supreme Court's order.

"Law is equal for everyone and the Supreme Court's order is being strictly implemented. The ADCP-Traffic Satvir Atwal has removed the black film from the vehicle," said Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh.

Meanwhile, taking a lesson from the last night's incident, several police officials, too, removed black films from their vehicles.

The city police has been receiving flak for giving a soft corner to vehicles of VIPs during the challaning drive against the use of black film.

Residents were complaining that while residents had been challaned, police officials, bureaucrats and politicians were being let off.


Residents make beeline for petrol stations
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
As soon as the news of the hike in petrol prices came today, people here were seen making a beeline for the nearest petrol pumps.

The prices were increased after the rupee slumped to a record low against the dollar on Wednesday and state oil companies announced they were making massive losses.

Ashok Sachdeva, vice-president of the Punjab Petroleum Dealers Association, said, “The hike was long due and this is the reason the price has been pushed up so much. I haven’t seen increase in the petrol prices at such a rate. I think the hike has been highest for the past 20 years,” said Sachdeva.

Reacting to the hike, Jasbir Singh, a senior citizen, said the petrol price hike was a burden on the common man. “If the prices of essential commodities continue to increase at this pace, it will spell doom for the common man,” he said.

“Such a hike will make our lives miserable. I have already shifted to driving a two-wheeler and now I think I have to adopt a public transport to reach my office destination,” said Jaiveer Singh, working in insurance sector.

Jagjeevan Singh, a teacher, said the petrol price hike would have a cascading effect and prices are going to go out of control. Be it eatables or other essential commodities like LPG and petrol, prices are sky rocketing and taking a toll on common man’s life. It has become difficult to make both ends meet,” he rued. The government had decontrolled petrol price in June 2010 and the rates were last increased on November 4 last year.



MC polls: Congress, BJP, SAD release first lists
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
The Congress party took the lead by issuing the list of candidates for the upcoming MC elections. A first list of 71 candidates was issued by the Congress party today, while four tickets have been kept on hold.

The tickets which have been kept on hold are for ward numbers 1, 37, 49 and 50.

The party has not given ticket to sitting councillor, Rakesh Kumar, who presently represents ward number 3 of the city. The ticket for ward number 49, which is presently represented by Mamta Ashu, wife of Ludhiana West MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu, has been put on hold.It is learnt that the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) might issue a list of 21 candidates first and the remaining list will be issued later on.

After the Congress, the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), too, issued its first list of 28 candidates. During the last MC elections, the BJP had contested on 37 seats, while its coalition partner Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) contested on 38. This time, several sitting councillors have been shown the door and fresh faces have been brought in. Several councillors, whose wards have now been reserved for women, have either fielded their wives or family members and vice versa.

The sitting BJP councillors, whose tickets have been cancelled, are Navjot Kaur from ward number 14 and Santosh Kalra from ward number 19.

From ward number 6, the party has given ticket to Daljit Kaur, wife of sitting councillor Gurbaksh Singh Billa. Deputy Mayor and sitting councillor from ward number 13, Sunita Aggarwal, has been given ticket this time also.

From ward number 14, Dharamjit Singh Garcha of Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) was the sitting councillor. Garcha had won the last MC elections on the Bahujan Samaj Party ticket and had later joined the Akali Dal. This time, the party has given ticket to Megha Aggarwal.

A two-time councillor Harbans Lal Phenta, husband of Sunita Phenta, sitting councillor from ward number 22, has been given the party ticket this time. Similarly, R D Sharma, whose mother Prem Sharma, is the sitting councillor from ward number 25 has been given party ticket this time. Harbans Lal had fielded his wife, while RD Sharma had fielded his mother during the last elections after their ward got reserved for women candidates. This time, they would themselves be contesting the elections.

Anuradha Nagar, wife of Satish Nagar, BJP councillor from ward number 32, has been allotted ticket from this ward, while Ramandeep Kaur, wife of Sarabjit Singh Kaka, BJP councillor from ward number 44, has been allotted ticket. Both these wards are now reserved for women candidates.

The BJP has fielded Sunita Rani from ward number 33, which is presently represented by Raghvir Singh Toor of SAD (B). Toor had won the last elections as an independent and had later joined the SAD (B).

Amita Rai, daughter-in-law of former Member of Parliament Lala Lajpat Rai, has been allotted party ticket from ward number 54.

New faces Aarti Jha, Inder, Monika Jaggi, Sumit Malhotra, Devi Sahay Tandon, Amita Rai and Sunil Modgil have been fielded from ward number 17, 18, 20, 21, 40, 54 and 55, respectively.

The list of remaining nine candidates is expected soon.

The SAD (B) announced its first list of 27 candidates for the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation elections late this evening and it has thrown a surprise for city residents.

Interestingly, Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura, who unsuccessfully contested the Vidhan Sabha elections from Ludhiana South constituency, has decided to contest the MC elections as well. It will be interesting to see whether the party projects him as the Mayoral candidate or not.

But if sources within the Akali Dal are to be believed, the party might project Harish Rai Dhanda, a party candidate from ward number 28, as the Mayoral candidate, as he is having good relations with most of the Akali leaders, including the Bains brothers.

The Bains group, too, has managed to get party tickets for six councillors and got an upper hand compared to other party leaders. These include Kanwaljit Singh Karwal from ward number 45, Parminder Singh Soma from ward number 68, Swarandeep Singh Chahal from ward number 69, Satpal Singh Lohara from ward number 64, Sarabjit Kaur Cheema from ward number 71 and Saroj Mannan from ward number 62.

Karwal was earlier councillor from ward number 66, but because he lives in the Model Town area, this time he wanted ticket from ward number 45. Harbhajan Singh Dang, a confidant of former cabinet minister Hira Singh Gabria, too, was trying from this ward, but the party has allotted him ticket from ward number 61. Gabria's son Rakhwinder Singh Gabria was trying ticket from this ward, but Dang was allotted ticket instead.

Family members of Akali leaders, who have been allotted party tickets include, Narinder Kaur Dhillon, wife of Ludhiana East MLA Ranjit Singh Dhillon from ward number 2, Kuldeep Kaur, wife of Tarsem Singh Bhinder (sitting councillor) from ward number 5, Kulwant Kaur Dhillon, mother of ward number 23 sitting councillor Ajit Singh Dhillon from ward number 23, Manwinderpal Singh Makkar, son of SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar from ward number 48, Gurmeet Kaur, wife of Ludhiana Improvement Trust trustee Gurinderpal Singh Pappu from ward number 57 and Paramjit Kaur Shivalik, wife of Gill MLA Darshan Singh Shivalik from ward number 58.

The list of remaining 11 candidates is expected soon.

Parties geared up

  • A first list of 71 candidates was issued by the Congress party today, while four tickets have been kept on hold.
  • The BJP, too, issued its first list of 28 candidates. During the last MC elections, the BJP had contested on 37 seats,
  • The SAD (B) announced its first list of 27 candidates for the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation elections late this evening and it has thrown a surprise for city residents.


Ward/ Name

1 Yet to be announced.

2 Raji Bhasin.

3 Varinder Sehgal.

4 Narinder Chaudhary.

5 Jasbeer Kaur Khinda.

6 Avtar Kaur.

7 Dara Tannk.

8 Kuldeep Janda.

9 Hema Jaiswal.

10 Umesh Sharma.

11 Satinder Kaur Grewal.

12 Sushil Kumar Sheela.

13 Ishwar Singh.

14 Ravinder Kaur Pappi.

15 Sardool Singh Grewal.

16 Paramjeet Singh.

17 Amandeep Kaur Ghayal.

18 Ashok Bagga.

19 Sanjay Kumar Jain.

Ward/ Name

20 Shubh Lata Malhotra.

21 Anil Kumar Malhotra.

22 Ashwani Sharma.

23 Manjeet Kaur Grewal.

24 Parveen Kumari.

25 Ajay Kumar Arora.

26 Sujata Bangar.

27 Hem Raj Aggarwal.

28 Maharaj Singh Raji.

29 Indu Raju Thapar.

30 Jai Parkash Sharma.

31 Pardeep Singh Saabi Toor.

32 Poonam Kundra.

33 Inderjeet Singh Makkar.

34 Som Nath Batra.

35 Sushma Mehta.

36 Rakesh Prashar.

37 Yet to be announced.

38 Asha Kapoor.

Ward/ Name

39 Sanjeev Kumar Talwar.

40 Jasbir Singh Chadha.

41 Pinki Bansal.

42 Vinod Bharti.

43 Bhagwan Dass Dabey.

44 Usha Rani Kalyan.

45 Parvinder Singh Lapran.

46 Mahinder Singh Shee.

47 Ranjeet Kaur Rani.

48 Sushil Malhotra.

49 Yet to be announced.

50 Yet to be announced.

51 Aman Kapoor.

52 Narinder Sharma.

53 Gurpreet Gogi.

54 Deepika Bhalla.

55 Balkar Singh Sandhu.

56 Amrit Varsha Rampal.

57 Priyanka Basant.


Ward/ Name

58 Rattan Singh Kamalpuri.

59 Satwinder Singh Jawaddi.

60 Rupinder Singh Sheela.

61 Gurdeep Kaur.

62 Sarvjeet Kaur.

63 Palwinder Singh Taggar.

64 Sikandar Singh Sarpanch.

65 Bhupinder Singh Crystal.

66 Jasbir Kaur Bedi.

67 Yadwinder Singh Raju.

68 Gurcharan Singh Shaunki.

69 Gurcharan Singh Saini.

70 Amritpal Kalsi.

71 Pooja.

72 Amarpal Singh.

73 Dev Dutt Sharma.

74 Uma Devi.

75 Bachittar Singh.



Ward/ Name

6 Daljit Kaur.

13 Sunita Aggarwal.

14 Megha Aggarwal.

16 Purushotam Mittal.

17 Aarti Jha.

18 Inder.

19 Ramesh Jain Bitta.

20 Monika Jaggi.

21 Sumit Malhotra.

22 Harbans Lal Phenta.

Ward/ Name

25 RD Sharma.

30 Avtar Krishan Tari.

31 Narinder Singh Malhi.

32 Anuradha Nagar.

33 Sunita Rani.

36 Sanjay Kapoor.

37 Poonam Ratra.

38 Gurmit Kaur.

40 Devi Sahay Tandon.

42 Gurdeep Singh Neetu.

Ward/ Name

43 Geeta Devi.

44 Ramandeep Kaur.

50 Sunita Rani.

51 Renu Bansal.

52 Rajiv Nanchahal.

54 Amita Rai (Pinky).

55 Sunil Modgil.

73 Surinder Pal Garg.


Ward/ Name

2 Narinder Kaur Dhillon.

3 Surinder Singh Bajwa.

4 Sarabjit Singh Ladi

5 Kuldeep Kaur

7 Teja Singh Khalsa

8 Dr. Ashwani Pasi

9 Mandeep Kaur

12 Surjit Rai

15 Sukhdev Singh Gill

23 Kulwant Kaur Dhillon.

Ward/ Name

28 Harish Rai Dhanda

39 Manpreet Singh

45 Kanwaljit Singh Karwal

46 Surjit Kaur Bhatia

48 Manwinderpal Singh Makkar

57 Gurmeet Kaur

58 Paramjit Kaur Shivalik

59 Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal

61 Harbhajan Singh Dang

Ward/ Name

62 Saroj Mannan

64 Satpal Singh Lohara

67 Inderjit Singh Gill

68 Parminder Singh Soma

69 Swarandeep Singh Chahal

70 Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria

71 Sarabjit Kaur Cheema

72 Hakam Singh Giaspura



First-timers dominate Cong list
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
This time, the Congress list contains names of several first-timers and the members of Congress leaders' families. Some councillors, whose wards have been reserved for women post delimitation, have either fielded their wives or daughter-in-law for the MC elections.

After ward number 17 got reserved for women candidates, Amandeep Kaur Ghayal, daughter-in-law of Pritpal Singh Ghayal, sitting councillor from ward number 17, has been allotted party ticket.

Manjeet Kaur Grewal, party block president Manpreet Singh Grewal's mother, has got ticket from ward number 23 as this ward is reserved for women candidates.

Similarly, ward number 28, which was earlier reserved for women, party ticket has been allotted to Maharaj Singh Raji, whose mother Mukhtiar Kaur is the sitting councillor from the same ward. Senior Akali leader Harsh Rai Dhanda might be fielded against Maharaj Singh Raji from this ward.

Indu Raju Thapar, wife of Sushil Raju Thapar, sitting councillor from ward number 28, has been allotted party ticket. Indu will be contesting this time as the ward is now reserved for women. Pardeep Singh Saabi Toor has been allotted party ticket from ward number 31. His father Niranjan Singh Toor is a former councillor from this ward.

From ward number 35, Sushma Mehta, wife of sitting councillor Parminder Mehta will be contesting the elections. Pinki Bansal, wife of Gurmukh Singh, party block president, has been allotted party ticket from ward number 41.

Parvinder Singh Lapran, Congress leader Gurdev Singh Lapran's son, has managed to get ticket from ward number 45. Aman Kapoor, block president Toni Kapoor's wife, has got ticket from ward number 51.

Interestingly, Ludhiana West MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu’s brother Narinder Sharma has managed to get ticket from ward number 52. Priyanka Basant, Congress leader and ice-cream baron Rajinder Singh Basant's daughter-in-law, has got ticket from ward number 57.

This time, the Congress has also banked on several new faces in ward number 2, 3, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 19, 23, 25, 26, 33, 34, 46, 54, 57, 68, 69, 70, 72, 73, 74 and 75.

Sitting MLAs prevail

Party sources said this time the sitting MLAs as well as those, who had contested the recently held Vidhan Sabha elections, had their say in the distribution of tickets.



Railway passengers denied cold water
Passengers blame vendor-staff nexus for problem
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 23
The highest revenue generator in Ferozepur Division after Jammu, Ludhiana railway station has plenty of problems including poor amenities which get compounded with an increase in the number of passengers and introduction of new trains on special occasions. But the most traumatic experience for passengers here is inadequate provision for cold drinking water. However, the officials make claims to the contrary.

With a huge daily passenger traffic of more than 60,000, the station receives over 50 pairs of mail and express trains, including a few elite Shatabdi and Rajdhani trains. The station generates the annual revenue of whopping Rs 150 crore from fares and freight. Besides, around 20 pairs of passenger trains pass through the city daily.

However, the things are so bad here that passengers are denied even the basic amenity like cold drinking water. Sources at the railway station hold certain vendors and the lower-rung staff responsible for the denial of cold drinking water to passengers.

"The vendors and railway staff work in tandem to discontinue water supply to water coolers and at times to switch off the dozen-odd water coolers installed at different platforms at the time of arrival of trains with the ill-intention of boosting the sales of bottled mineral water."

As the drinking water sources at the railway station go dysfunctional during the brief halt of trains, especially in extremely hot weather conditions, desperate passengers have no other choice but to yield to the vendors' designs. They allege vendors overcharge by selling bottled water above the MRP and also sell the local brands of mineral water in place of "Rail Neer", marketed by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation.

Daily passengers assert that out of 14 (three big and 11 small) water coolers installed at different railway platforms, most remain either switched off or out of order. "Whenever a complaint is lodged with the authorities, the electrical staff responsible for their maintenance and operations have the usual reply that non-functional coolers are being repaired or parts of some of the coolers need replacement," alleged a functionary of the daily passengers association.

A railway employee said the vendors keep the maintenance staff at the railway station in good humour, and in return, the employees

switch off the water coolers several times during the day while also snapping water supply to them. "The dubious operators are very smart and the moment they see one or the other senior official nearby, they restore water supply and make the coolers operational."

However, the senior railway officials refute these allegations. "This mafia thing is all made up. We keep a strict eye on water coolers and the vendors. Occasional disruption, due to a variety of reasons, could be there but supply to water coolers is being maintained," they claimed.



Diarrhoea cases on the rise
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
The ongoing heat wave has started spreading its tentacles, affecting residents' health. Patients with diarrhoea, high fever and vomiting have started pouring in city hospitals and clinics. As per weather experts, the temperature will witness a graduate rise in the coming days.

Dr Ashwani Malhotra, Senior Medical Officer, Community Health Centre, Payal, said, "In the past three days, we have admitted a few patients suffering from diarrhoea. However, we did not get any patient suffering from heat stroke as of now."

From tiny-tots to adults, all are becoming an easy prey to the repercussions of hot weather, a paediatrician at Civil Hospital, Raikot, said,"Many cases of diarrohea are pouring in in our hospital. From kids to adults, many have come with complaints of diarrohea and gastroenteritis.



23 down with chicken pox in city
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
After Mansa, it is Ludhiana from where a minor outbreak of chicken pox has been reported. Twenty three children suffering form this viral infection have been found in the Ranjeet Nagar area of the city.

Confirming this, Dr Anil Verma, District Epidemiologist of Ludhiana, said, "We got to know about 22 cases on May 21. And yesterday, we came to know about another patient, who has been suffering from the same viral disease for the past four five days in the Ranjeet Nagar area of Sherpur Kalan. Out of these, 12 have recovered completely, while 11 are still on way to recovery."

All these children suffering from chickenpox are of migrants from Bihar and UttAr Pradesh and live in the same premises of "Bajja Singh ka Vehra".

Dr Verma further said,"All these children suffered after coming in contact with each other. Yesterday after getting to know about this viral infection, we visited this locality and made people aware that they should keep suffering children in isolation till the time they recover completely."

Meanwhile, Dr Deepak Bhatia, State Nodal Officer for Integrated Disease Surveillance Project, Punjab, said,"We can call it as a minor outbreak of chickenpox. Such scattered cases are clinically diagnosed and not tested in laboratory. We have sent our team for survey of Ranjeet Nagar. The team is making people aware about maintaining general hygiene, specially keeping the body clean.

Symptoms and Precautions

Chickenpox is a contagious disease. To start with, one gets skin rashes mainly on the body and head and becomes itchy. It is a disease which spreads easily through coughing or sneezing of a sick person or through direct contact with secretions from the rashes. Symptoms including itching, nausea, fever, headache, sore throat etc are also witnessed by the patients. The suffering person should be kept in isolation. The patients should be given nutritious diet along with anti-viral tablets under a physician's guidance.



Officials assigned poll duties
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
All the necessary arrangements for a smooth conduct of the elections to the Nagar Council, Machiwara, Nagar Panchayat of Maloud, Mullanpur Dakha and Sahnewal and the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, have been completed. This was stated by Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari who held a meeting with civil and police officials at Bachat Bhawan here today.

Giving details about the officials who have been put on election duties, Tiwari said the Returning Officer for the Nagar Council of Machiwara will be SDM, Samrala, Jasbir Singh while Gurmit Singh, SDM, Jagraon, will be the Returning Officer for the Nagar Council of Jagraon. The SDM of Khanna, Purshotam Singh Sodhi, will be the RO for the Nagar Panchayat of Maloud. Gurmit Singh, SDM (West), will be the RO for Mulanpur Dakha while Ajay Sood, SDM (East), will be the RO for Sahnewal.

Tiwari has asked the police chiefs of the district to depute ACP/DSP-rank officials with all the ROs within the next two days.

For the elections to be held in 62 wards of the nagar councils and nagar panchayats, the polling parties will be dispatched on June 6 from Guru Nanak Bhawan and about 50,000 voters will cast their vote.

For the Municipal Corporation elections, to be held on June 10 in 75 wards, the SDM of Samrala (RO) will take care of wards 1-10 while wards 11-21 will be taken-care of by the Deputy Chief Engineer City (West), Punjab State Power Corporation, Rachpal Singh. Wards 22-32 will be looked after by District Development and Panchayat Officer Amardeep Singh Bains. Babita Kler, Deputy Director Local Bodies, will be the RO for wards 33-45. Manpreet Singh Chatwal, District Transport Officer, will be the RO for wards 46-60 while Ajay Sood will take care of the wards 61-75. By May 30, all the ROs will be handed over Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and these will be kept in strongrooms from May 30 to June 9.

For the MC polls, the six ROs will dispatch the polling parties on June 9 from different locations. More than 10 lakh voters will cast their vote during the MC elections.

Tiwari made it clear that each candidate could not spend more than Rs 1,80,000 on elections. More than 8,000 government employees have been put on duty during the polls. All the police chiefs will submit the list of sensitive and highly sensitive polling booths to the district administration within the next two days.



ward no. 32
No respite from garbage stink
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

A garbage dump
an ill-maintained park in ward no. 32
(Top) A garbage dump and (below) an ill-maintained park in ward no. 32. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, May 23

Major Issues

  • Roads in the ward are dotted with potholes, and thus a constant problem for commuters and residents of the area.

  • Parks and green belts are ill-maintained.

  • Sewerage blockage in parts of the ward is a major issue.

  • Water accumulates on the roads in most of the ward area whenever it rains. The residents have sought stormwater drainage in the area.

  • Garbage dumps along the roads have been creating problems for the residents.


Major Areas: Chhawni Mohalla, Pink Vihar, Pipal Chowk, Kharbanda Chowk, Manna Singh Colony.

Population: 25,000

Voters: 11,000


I have worked hard for my ward and spent crores of rupees on various development works such as constructing roads, erecting streetlights and providing proper water supply. A major amount of the funds was spent on roads. Streets in many of the areas were cemented. Three tubewells and five submersible pumps were sunk in the ward for ensuring adequate and clean water supply and now most of the issues have been addressed. Work on stormwater drainage is under way. There is a marked positive change in the ward when I look at it in retrospect. I would seek votes for the next tenure on the issue of development.

— Satish Nagar, councillor



ward no. 33
A relatively cleaner ward
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

A garbage dump alongside the Buddha Nullah in ward no. 33
A garbage dump alongside the Buddha Nullah in ward no. 33. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, May 23
Ward no. 33 is a relatively clean ward with most of the residents satisfied with the councillor, for his promptness in decision-making and action-oriented work.

Major Issues

  • Open drains along with the main road in the ward continue to be a nuisance for the residents and shopkeepers. In the absence of sewers, drains are cleaned and heaps of garbage and sewage are left behind, causing obstruction and stink on the road.
  • Rain disorients life in the area, particularly during the monsoon, when an overflowing Budhha Nullah inundates homes situated close to it.
  • Krishan Gali, that divides ward no. 33 and 34 is in a way nobody's responsibility and thus suffers from garbage-disposal problems.
  • Blockage of sewerage is a problem in some colonies of the ward. The residents say wider sewer lines should be laid.
  • Sweepers do not visit the ward regularly. Some residents of the ward complain they have to do cleaning on the streets themselves.


Major Areas: Jain Nagar, Basant Nagar, Adarsh Gali, Krishan Gali, Gandhi Ngar, Surinder Nagar, Sohan Singh Nagar, Luv Kush Nagar and Hukam Sing Road.

Population: 40,000

Voters: 11,000


Inadequate water supply used to be a problem in my area, so I have got three tubewells sunk in the area and completely resolved the problem. Of Rs 10 crore spent during my last tenure, major chunk was spent on the carpeting of the roads. I have worked particularly towards improvement of the green belt in the area. A new park was built at a cost of Rs 16 lakh. I contested the election as an independent last time and joined the SAD later. If I do not get the party ticket, I will be contesting as an independent again.

— Raghveer Singh, councillor



ward no. 34
Little development in five years
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

A dug-up road in ward no. 34
A dug-up road in ward no. 34. Photos: Inderjeet Verma
A bunch of power wires hanging precariously near houses
A bunch of power wires hanging precariously near houses.

Ludhiana, May 23
Residents complain that there has been little development during the last five years.

Major Issues

  • The roads are in a pathetic condition. It is worse in the areas like Quilla Mohalla where most roads have been damaged.
  • The residents of certain colonies fret over erratic water supply.
  • Loosly hanging high-voltage wires passing through residential and commercial areas are a constant threat to people's lives.
  • Work of carpeting of many streets is in limbo. The residents complain that a lot of work was started during the last leg of the MC House term and thus is far from complete.
  • Cleanliness and maintenance of the roads is a major problem in many of the colonies of the ward.


Major Areas: Quilla Mohalla, Subhash Nagar, Shivpuri Road, SDP College Road, Daresi, Videsh Purani Sabzi Mandi, Vallabh Nagar, Bank Colony, Lakshmi Gali.

Population: 17,000

Voters: 7,500


I have spent Rs 5 crore on development works. Of this amount, Rs 3 crore was spent on roads. Four new tubewells were sunk at a cost of Rs 20 lakh. Pension was provided to senior citizens and allowances were given to widows. I am associated with the BJP. This time the ward has been declared an open seat and my husband Subhash Dawar or I would contest from here, provided who gets the party ticket.

Kiran Dawar, councillor



ward no. 35
Traffic jams common sight here
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

A garbage dump in ward no. 35
A garbage dump in ward no. 35. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, May 23
This area is the heart of commerce and business in the city. It is the commercial centre of the city.

Major Issues

  • Encroachments are a huge problem in the ward. Being a commercial area, encroachment on the roads and streets are a common sight.
  • The project of installation of stormwater pipes in the ward is hanging fire, causing inconvenience to the residents. The dumping of garbage in the drain passing throgh the area leads to pollution.
  • Due to encroachments, traffic congestion and jams are a perennial problem in the area.

Entangled power wires at Partap Bazar.
Entangled power wires at Partap Bazar.

Major Areas: Chaura Bazar, Dal Bazar, Saaban Bazar, Gud Mandi, Namak Mandi, Town Hall, Bhadaur House, Dareshi, Vikas Nagar, Pindi Street, Thapar Mohalla, Chawal Bazar, Talaab Bazar, Gujjar Market, Partap Bazar, Rekhi Cinema Road and Naali Mohalla

Population: 40,000

Voters: 12,000


This ward was created by including five wards of the area.The main bazars of the city are situated in this area. During my tenure, I have endeavoured to carpet all the streets and roads, and resolved the sewerage problem of the area. The overall expenditure on the developmental works stands at Rs 10 crore, by which roads were constructe and sewerage and streetlights installed. I have been associated with the Congress. This time the ward has been reserved for women, so my wife Sushma Mehta would be contesting the elections. During the next term, we would like to complete pending works, including installation of stormwater pipes from Talaab Bazar to Domoria Pul and setting up of public convenience utilities in the area.

— Parminder Mehta, Councillor



free fall of rupee
Ludhianvis prefer closer destinations to offshore trips
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
Ludhianvis who are fond of spending their summer vacations abroad are forced to cut short their trips this year due to constant fall in the value of a rupee. Continuing free fall for the sixth day in a row, the rupee today crashed below to 56 against the US dollar to yet another all-time low.

A foreign trip is costing at least 20 per cent more this year. For travelling within the country, people would be paying in rupees, so people belonging to middle and upper middle class are opting for closer destinations rather than offshore trips.

“This year, I may cancel my foreign trip because of the free fall in the rupee. I may either opt for Leh and Ladakh instead,” said Gurjeet Arora, a resident working in a multinational firm.

“I may force to cut short my summer vacations to a foreign country and instead opt for cheaper and closer destinations. With the fall in the value of the rupee, the outbound travel has become expensive by nearly 20-25 per cent,” said Tamanna Sareen, a bank employee.

“Many travellers, especially those in the middle class, are now opting for shorter trips in the far east instead of Europe and America to stay within their budgets,” said Nitin Kalra, a local travel and tour operator.

Preeti, another resident, who was planning to fly to Europe this summer vacations with her family has altered her mind and planning to spend her vacations either at Singapore or Thailand.

“Flight tickets and local travel within Europe has become more expensive in the last few months. Going to Europe means spending extra bucks, so my family is opting for a closer destination, which will also be lighter on our wallet,” she added. Another tour planner, Geetika Matharoo, said the trend this season would be towards the destinations closer to home. “The middle class will be opting either for domestic trips or destinations like Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, as offshore trips will be costing more due to rupee depreciation,” she added.



Encroachment on link roads
Defaulters’ list to be given today
Immediate criminal action will be taken in two to three days
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
As the deadline to farmers, who have encroached upon the berms on the link roads in villages, expires today, the final list of defaulters will be handed over to the district administration tomorrow.

An immediate criminal action will be taken against the farmers in the next two to three days, who after being served notices and issued warnings, failed to remove the encroachments along the link roads.

According to information, PWD and mandi officials will hand over the final list of defaulters to Additional Deputy Commissioner (G) Rupanjli Karthik on Friday. There are about 5,000 defaulters who have encroached upon the berms for cultivation in Ludhiana district. They have encroached upon up to 300 m of berms, along the roads in villages, while about 100 farmers have gone to the extent of encroaching about 2-3 km of land (link roads).

The agencies, including panchayats, patwaris and secretary, cooperative societies, were also asked to make public announcements in the villages so that the defaulters must realise the seriousness of the problem.

In Ludhiana district, 4,800 km of roads are connected to the villages, out of which about 1,100 km of link roads have been taken over by the farmers for cultivation.

As lot many resources, including police personnel, staff, JCB machines, etc, were required if the administration removed the encroachments on its own, due to the limitations, the farmers have been asked to remove it on their own and recover the cost.

It may be mentioned that till recently, the action by the government against such farmers was “reconciliation” in nature, while this time it was “punitive”. Punjab PWD Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon had initiated the anti-encroachment drive from Raaian village and he had also made it clear that laxity will not be tolerated at any cost.



Civil Surgeon takes stock of hygiene in 12 areas
Choked sewerage, heaps of garbage are observations made by team
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
Choked sewerage, heaps of garbage and stagnant water are the main problems that residents are facing in the interior city.

This was the observation made by a team of the health department, who conducted random checking of about a dozen areas today under the leadership of the Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Subhash Batta. The aim of the checking was to have a first-hand experience of the hygienic conditions in these areas and then to act accordingly.

It was around 8.30 in the morning when the health department team led by the Civil Surgeon started random checking of general hygiene from Chhawani Mohalla and visited areas adjoining Chand Theatre, Karabara Grain Market, Old Sabji Mandi, New Sabji Mandi and jhuggis adjoining Buddha Nullah, Basti Jodhewal, etc.

Dr Subhash Batta said, “We have came across the chocked sewerage at certain places at Chhawani Mohalla, areas near Chand Theatre and heaps of garbage at many places in Old Sabji Mandi, Salim Tabri, slums near Buddha Nullah and Basti Jodhewal side. We felt that if the choked sewerage was not rectified on time and garbage heaps were not cleaned on time, these may play havoc with the health of people of these areas in the rainy season.”

The team comprising of district health officer, Ludhiana, Dr Kulwinder Singh; district epidemiologist, Dr Anil Verma; and Dr Puneet Juneja also took notice of over-ripe fruits in the Old Sabji Mandi. Dr Batta said, “We came across rotten papaya kept in one of the stores in the Old Sabji Mandi. We ensured that it was destroyed then and there, as it was not fit for human consumption.”

Earlier it was on Saturday when teams of the health department under the surveillance of the Civil Surgeon visited disease-prone areas, including Gyaspura, Sherpur Chowk and Dhandari and found Dhandari as the filthiest among all. About this, Dr Batta said, “I have already written to officials concerned of the municipal corporation about it and asked to take timely action before the onset of the rainy season. I will also write to the MC officials about the areas, which we visited today.”



Health dept begins campaign against unhygienic eatables
Jaswant Shetra

Officials of the health department examine eatables in Jagraon
Officials of the health department examine eatables in Jagraon. Photo by the writer

Jagraon, May 23
Following instructions of Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari, the local health department finally woke up from slumber and carried out a surprise check on the hygiene and quality of eatables being sold in the town and surrounding areas of Jagraon.

Under this campaign, a special team comprising of health inspector Gurdev Singh, Hari Singh, Mandeep Singh and Dr Harinder Sharma visited various areas of the town and examined the eatables, including fruits, vegetables, sweets and bakery products at the shops as well as vendors in various areas of the town.

As per information, health department officials visited the Raikot road, bus stand, Tehsil road, Kamal Chowk, Vegetable Market and some other areas of the town and examined the eatables. The team also destroyed unhygienic eatables as well as products which had expired during the drive.

Though the health department did not take any action against the shopkeepers and vendors from whom the unhygienic and expired products were recovered and they were left after giving a verbal warning. According to SMO Jagraon, Dr Rupinder Kakkar, the campaign would continue on a regular basis to prevent people from the health hazards of the unhygienic food during the summer and rainy season.

MC president Baldev Krishan Dhir, when contacted, said the council had awarded a contract to a private company for lifting garbage from the town.



Hectic activities at Machiwara
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Machiwara, May 23
There were hectic activities ahead of the finalisation of the candidates of the Akali Dal -BJP combine and the Opposition Congress for the Machiwara Nagar Panchayat elections although the filing of nominations will start tomorrow.

There are 13 wards of this Nagar Panchayat. In the last term, seven seats were with the Akali Dal-BJP combine while the Congress had held six seats. According to seat-sharing arrangement in the Akali Dal-BJP combine, the Akali Dal will fight on nine seats while the BJP will contest four seats. Master Ujagar Singh, who was president of the Nagar Panchayat, claimed that development works were going on and several of them had been completed during his tenure.

However, the Congress alleged that developement works were going on a very slow pace and nothing remarkable was done in this regard. In the elections, the matter of sewerage is likely to be raised by both the ruling and the Opposition as work on it is still going on.

Till late evening, former MLA Jagjivan Singh Khirnia was busy finalising the list. He claimed that all the candidates would be selected amicably. On the other hand, the Congress MLA from Samrala claimed that the list was almost ready and they would file nominations tomorrow.



focal point
Traders upset at poor road connectivity

Ludhiana, May 23
Industrialists in the Focal Point are facing a plethora of problems due to poor condition of the roads. Production is hampered and clients are not visiting the units due to the poor road connectivity.

Avtar Singh, general secretary, Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking (CICU), said better road connectivity promoted economic and social services to masses. The roads help in bringing sustainable development and social-economic transformation. But sadly, the units in the Foal Point are suffering due to the bad road connectivity, he said.

“The pace of the ongoing work of road construction is too slow. The movement of trucks and trailers entering the industrial units in the area is being impacted to a great extend. This is hampering the production of all industrial units,” said Upkar Singh, joint secretary. — TNS



CME on bariatric surgery

Ludhiana, May 23
Dayanand Medical College and Hospital is organising a CME on bariartic (weight loss) surgery on May 25 and 26. During the CME, a noted bariatric surgeon, Dr Laurent Layani, and his team from Australia will be conducting a live operative workshop. Dr Layani is a world pioneer in bariatric surgery and has operated on more than 2,000 obese patients worldwide.

According to Dr Ashish Ahuja and Dr PS Nain, both laparoscopic bariatric surgeons with the DMCH, excessive weight gain or obesity in a person adversely affects the longevity of life and leads to a poor quality of life. If a person is severely overweight and has been unable to lose weight even with supervised dieting and exercise, then weight-loss surgery is considered as the best option. — TNS



Students vow to create awareness against drug abuse, traffic violations
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 23
Acknowledging that drug addiction and traffic violation had shattered a large number of families in the border state, the district police has launched a coordinated movement to rope in constituents and office-bearers of educational institutes in a crusade launched against the evils.

Responding to the clarion call, students of schools, including MGMN Senior Secondary School, Ahmedgarh, government senior secondary schools at Akbarpur Chhanna, Bhogiwal, Kanganwal and Sandaur villages, vowed to play an active role in the movement launched by the district police to create awareness against the evils.

Specially constituted teams led by Davinder Singh, Shabegh Singh, Sukhdev Singh and Harnek Singh Ghuman administered the oath to the students and stressed on the need of coordinated action against the drug abuse and traffic violation during seminars organised on the premises of respective schools.

Terming drug addiction and traffic violation as the major factors behind unnatural deaths during the past decades, speakers, including Pardeep Sharda, Kedar Kapila, Davinder Singh and Gurmeet Kaur said the students could play an important role in spreading awareness against the evils.



City gets 13 more courts
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 23
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has set up 13 more courts in the city for reducing the pendency of cases.

With this, the present strength of the courts has increased up to 48.

This is the first posting of all these judicial officers after one-year training.

Those who have joined here include Civil Judge (junior division)-cum-Judicial Magistrate Rahul Garg, Jagamilap Singh, Jagbir Singh Mehndiratta, Luvdeep Hundal, Ashish Thathai.Lady judicial officers include: Navdeep Gill, Anupam Ahluwalia, Himanshi Galhotra, Kiran Jyoti, Amandeep Kaur, Ekta Sahota, Vanita Kumari & Roop Dhaliwal.



Ludhiana scan

Expiry date extended
Members of the ‘Charming Angels’, a band from Phillipines, perform in Ludhiand on Wednesday
Members of the ‘Charming Angels’, a band from Phillipines, perform in Ludhiand on Wednesday. Photo: Interjeet Verma

The expiry date of holders of smart cards of BPL families, made under the Rashtriya Swasthhya Beema Yojna, which was earlier May 31 was now extended to June 30. This was disclosed by Dr AK Handa, district nodal officer of the scheme. He said, “This is a centrally sponsored scheme, in which 75 per cent share is of the Central government, while remaining 25 per cent is paid by the state government.”


The All-India Sikh Student Federation held a meeting on Wednesday. During this meeting, it was announced that the organisation would support the SAD candidates during the upcoming municipal corporation elections. The meeting was presided over by senior vice-president of the organisation, Ravinder Singh Bedi.

Medical camp

A free medical camp was organised for patients suffering from heart and eye diseases. It was organised to mark the birth anniversary of Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha by the Punarjot Eye Bank Society in collaboration with Dr Ramesh Super Specialty Hospital.

Band performance

A band “Charming Angels” from Phillipines would perform in the city. The band hails from Manila and has performed internationally. The band has a vast selection of music, including jazz, pop, R&B. They would also be performing various Punjabi and Hindi songs.

Tribune Reporters



Three nabbed with 350 sacks of wheat
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
The CIA-I police nabbed three persons, including a flour mill owner and two ration depot holders, for selling and processing wheat meant for people of the above poverty line (APL) scheme.

The police has recovered two trucks containing 350 sacks of wheat from their possession.

Giving details about the crackdown, CIA-I in charge Harpal Singh said the accused had been identified as Manish Jain, owner of Radha Flour Mill, and depot holders, Deepak Kumar and Sanjiv Kumar, while their accomplice, Jaswant Singh of Kawaddi village and Rajinder Singh Gopalpur managed to escape from the scene.

According to the police, Rajinder, Sanjiv, Jaswant and Rajinder, all ration depot holders, loaded the wheat sacks of their allotted quota from the Markfed godown located in Kila Raipur.

Instead of taking the truck to their depot, they drove the trucks straight to the flour mill for processing.

In the meantime, the police came to know about it and raided the premises.

It is learnt that there have been several complaints against these depot holders.

Sources said Jasdwinder and Rajinder, who managed to escape during the raid, enjoy political connections. Harpal Singh said the accused had been booked under Section 420 of the IPC and Article 7 of the Essential Commodities Act.



Four criminals nabbed
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
The city police has nabbed four chronic criminals, who were involved in all sorts of criminal activities, including snatchings, illicit liquor trade, betting on cricket and attacking people for ransom.

The accused, identified as Rajinder Singh, alias Beera, Avneet Singh, alias Rimpel, Nikku and Munna, were arrested during a police naka on the Bahadurke road near the Bharti Colony, while they were ferrying illicit liquor in an SUV last night.

The police has recovered a pistol and three cartridges and 17 boxes of liquor from their possession.

During the interrogation, it was found that Rajinder Singh Beera was accused in Ninder murder case that took place in the district court complex in 2005. He was recently out on bail. The accused were produced before the court and further sent to police remand.



Man commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
Devastated to know that his wife committed suicide in the native village, the man, too, ended his life by hanging himself with a ceiling fan at a one-room quarter in the Focal Point here today.

The deceased, identified as Ram Singh, a native of Uttar Pradesh, was working in a factory unit.

Last night he received a call from his native village stated that his wife had committed suicide. He was driven into depression and he, too, committed suicide by hanging himself with the ceiling fan.



2 drug peddlers arrested with opium
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, May 23
The Ludhiana (rural) police has arrested two drug peddlers during two separate operations and recovered one kilogram of opium from their possession. The accused have been identified as Mohan Singh, alias Mohna of Dhoorkot village in Moga district and Avtar Singh, alias Tari of Haryeao Khurd village in Patiala district.

SHO Raikot Dilbagh Singh informed that a police team from the Lohat Baddi police post arrested Mohan Singh, alias Mohna, from Kalsian village near Raikot.

“The accused was coming on a motorcycle and when he reached near the government school of the village, he suddenly met the police party coming from the other side on a sharp turn. On seeing the police party, he got afraid and tried to escape but was nabbed. When searched, the police found 500 grams of opium from his possession,” said the SHO.

During the second incident, a team led by ASI Jagroop Singh from the Raikot police station stopped Avtar Singh, alias Tari, outside Ramghar Siwian village near Raikot following a tip-off. When searched, the police recovered half kg of opium from his possession and arrested him, added Dilbagh Singh.

The police has registered a case under the NDPS Act against the accused at the Raikot police station. Later, the police produced the accused in a Jagraon court, which sent them to two-day police remand, added the SHO.



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