Thursday, July 27, 2000,
Chandigarh, India

L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


Free medical camp
From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, July 26 — A free medical camp was organised here yesterday at the Navjot Senior Secondary School, Gurpal Nagar, in which about 800 people with various ailments were attended to.

Besides distributing free medicines, blood and urine tests were also conducted without charging any fee. Those who attended to the patients included Dr Sanjit Grewal, Dr Deepak Gupta, Dr Munish Narad, Dr Mohinder Kaur and Dr Harpreet Sahni.

The camp convener, Mr Ravinder Singh Nijhar, said that the next camp would be organised at the same venue in the first week of October. The camp was inaugurated by Jathedar Hira Singh Gabria, MLA.


Mandi Board to speed up development work
From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, July 26 — The Punjab Mandi Board would speed up the repair and construction of link roads in the state. This was announced by Mr Mal Singh Ghuman, board Chairman, while addressing a meeting of the secretaries, chairmen and vice-chairmen of the market committees of this district here yesterday.

He said the auction platforms in mandis, where there was a rush of foodgrains, would be extended and the existing ‘kutcha’ platforms in some other mandis cemented. A new fruit and vegetable market in the city was being developed in an area of about 50 acres, at an estimated cost of Rs.10 crore.

The Mandi Board Chairman further informed that at a recent meeting of the Mandi Board officials, PAU experts and the Vice- Chancellor of the PAU, it was decided to set up three new temperature-controlled markets in Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar for storage of vegetables, fruits and flowers meant for exports. Similarly, sites for new grain markets in Sahnewal and Mullanpur were identified and construction work would commence soon. Mr Ghuman told that additional land was being acquired for a grain market in Machhiwara where ‘pucca’ auction platforms and covered sheds for the produce would be constructed.

He expressed confidence that with the chairmen of market committees, now empowered to spend 60 per cent of the budget at their own level, the pace of development work would pick up.


Truck drivers asked to drive cautiously
From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, July 26 — The fifth gathering of Mobile Traffic was held in Sahnewal yesterday. The main focus was on the regular and systematic implementation of rules of the road. Another point of discussion was the ways to minimise accidents.

The function was presided over by Mr Paramjit Singh Sandhu, DIG Ludhiana Range, and attended, among others, by DSP Satish Malhotra, incharge, Mobile Traffic. Mr Malhotra referred to the tendency among the truck drivers to drink and drive. The intoxicated drivers, he said, lose their sense of reasoning. In the process, they not only harm themselves, but also cause damage to others.

Mr Sandhu stressed the need to educate the truck drivers because a majority of mishaps take place due to their carelessness. Mr Charan Singh Atwal, Inspector, Mobile Traffic, urged truck drivers to be careful while driving. They must always carry with them the particulars of their vehicles so that there were no hassles when they were questioned by policemen. 


Another chance for voters’ identity cards
From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, July 26 — Voters in the district, who were yet to get the identity cards, will have another chance to get themselves photographed under a special programme from August 1 to September 2.

In order to chalk out a detailed programme for this purpose, the deputy commissioner, Mr S.K. Sandhu, convened a meeting of the returning officers and assistant returning officers of all the assembly segments here today.

Mr Sandhu said that during the earlier phases of issuing photo identity cards as many as 11,79,115 (63.72 per cent) voters had received these cards and the remaining would be covered during the fresh campaign. Sixty teams of photographers were deputed in the district and each assembly constituency would have five teams to photograph the voters. The returning officer concerned would be the overall in charge and the field staff of the block development and panchayat office and revenue and cooperative departments would be available to assist him.

Mr Sandhu, while making it clear that in the future elections, voters would have to produce their photo identity cards, asked the returning officers and assistant returning officers to put up the required staff on duty and to circulate the detailed programme of photography in the villages and towns under their jurisdiction.

According to detailed constituency-wise programme, the voters would be photographed in Jagraon from August 1 to 12, Dakha and Raikot from August 1 to 10, Kila Raipur from August 1 to 16, Ludhiana North from August 20 to Sept 2, Ludhiana West and Payal from August 10 to 23, Ludhiana rural from August 10 to 24, Samrala from August 10 to 20, Ludhiana east, Koom Kalan and Khanna from August 20 to 29.

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