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A street that falls in no ward
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 24
They live in the heart of the densely populated old area of this city, yet they do not belong here. This is the sordid existence of residents of about 35 houses on street No. 1 of Madhopuri, who live on the border of two municipal wards but do not come in the jurisdiction of either of the wards.

While all areas surrounding them fall in the city, the street does not belong to any ward. The isolated street is just an island of sorts, which despite being in the city is not a part of it.

For the past three municipal elections, the electoral rolls of the residents were not prepared. Hence, without the power of votes, they have nothing to draw attention to themselves.

The revelation of their status came when residents looked towards councillors of ward Nos 52 and 62 for providing them water supply. For the past five days, the residents have no water supply and are forced to fetch water from other areas.

The only tubewell in the area is non-functional. Further, the street is located at a little height than the adjoining ones and the water pressure is low.Ms Nidhi Sood, a resident, rued that since Tuesday the tubewell room was lying locked. The residents do not know who to complain.

Mr Kailash Kapoor, councillor, Ward No. 52, and Ms Shubh Lata Malhotra, councillor Ward No. 62, agree that the street does not fall in their areas. “But you please tell us the problem and we would try to do something,” said Mr Kapoor.

Mr Sham Sunder, spokesman for the councillor, Ms Shub Lata Malhotra, said the residents of street Nos 2 to 5 were getting adequate water supply as they fell in his area. “I had tried to install a new tubewell for the street in a ground where youths play volleyball but the residents resisted it,” he said, adding that he was unaware of the problem.

Mr Kapoor said the residents had been not able to find a mention in the electoral rolls in the past three MC elections. “The street is on the border of two wards. Though the residents do not have votes, I do try to solve their problems,” he claimed.

None of the councillors, however, had any knowledge that the residents were without water supply since Tuesday. “We would try to do something by Monday,” the councillors promised.

The MC, meanwhile, has sent a tanker but it is not enough for the residents. A tanker arrived today also, but was empty within minutes, leaving the residents high and dry.



Suvidha camp draws 4,000 persons
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 24
Education Minister Harnam Dass Johar has asserted that more suvidha camps will be held to execute the routine works of the public by putting more counters since these were proving to be successful in clearing the pending work of people.

He was addressing a gathering at a camp organised in the Ludhiana West constituency at Shaheed-e-Azam Sukhdev Thapar Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar, here today.

As many as 4,000 persons from different wards in the constituency submitted their applications to get works relating to different departments done in the camp.

Mr Johar informed that the government had launched this programme to give relief to the people from making unnecessary rounds of offices and to clear all works of a specific area at one time. He said he would discuss with representative of the people and councillors about the needs of the people and if need be, more such camps would be organised in the constituency.

The services provided in the camp included attestation of mutations, copies of land record, “farad badar”, SC/OBC and resident certificates, conveyance deeds, attestation of affidavits, issue and renewal of ration cards, learner’s licences, water connections, PSEB- application for domestic, tubewell connections and replacement of meters, enhancement of load etc, applications under PMRY scheme and assistance from the Red Cross Society.

The government had accorded priority to develop Ludhiana as a model city in the north and had cleared the basic concept city development plans of Rs 3,995 crore for the implementation of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.

He said during the past over four years, more than Rs 40 crore had been spent on various development projects in his constituency and more funds were being spent on the remaining works under the Punjab Nirman programme. He said all colonies of weaker sections were being given special funds for development.

Mr Ajmer Singh ADC (G), Mr M.S. Jaggi, SDM, and DTO Kudeep Singh monitored the functioning of the counters. The ADC informed that 26 departments relating to the public services had set up their counters to complete all the formalities on the spot.

Mr Jaggi said the administration had stationed 10 patwaris, 12 typists and 4 stamp paper vendors to prepare applications. Three Duty Magistrates were also deputed for the attestation of affidavits and a team of doctors remained stationed in the camp to issue medical certificates for driving licences and pension applicantions.

He informed that 1,523 affidavits were attested, 1,015 medical certificates/check ups conducted at the health counter, 425 pension applications received at the Social Security dept’s counter, 1,122 application were completed at the counter of the DFSC, 602 applications completed for driving licences and 321 certificates of different nature were prepared at the revenue counter.



Cop held with poppy husk
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 24
Constable Ravinder Kumar and Balwinder Singh of Jodhan, while going on a scooter, were intercepted by Inspector Balwinder Singh at Agwar Gujjran, Jagraon. The police seized 10 kg of poppy husk from their possession.A case under Sections 15, 25, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered.

In another incident, ASI Mohan Dass arrested Ranjit Singh of Sohian village and seized over 22 kg of poppy husk. A case has been registered.

Five booked for cheating

Jaswant Singh, Kulwant Singh, their mother Ranjit Kaur, Jaswant’s wife Manjit Kaur of Kothe Baggan and Kuljit Singh of Kothe Sher Jang reportedly made a false land agreement with Manish of Jagraon and refused to refund his amount.

The police has registered a case under Sections 406 and 420, IPC. No arrest has been made so far.



Sant Asa Ram to visit city on June 27
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 24
Sant Asa Ram will arrive in the city on June 27 on a two-day visit during which he will hold “satsang samaroh” on the Government College for Women ground on June 27 and 28.

Addressing a news conference here today, Mr B.K. Aggarwal, general secretary of the Shri Yog Vedant Seva Samiti said a shobha yatra would be taken out from Grain Market, Near Arora Palace Cinema on Gill Road here on June 25. The shobha yatra would be flagged off by Shri Narsinghanand, follower of Sant Asa Ram.

The shobha yatra, comprising tableaux on different aspects of society, religion and spiritual teachings, will pass through Campa Cola Chowk, Link Road, General Bus Stand Road before culminating on the Government College for Women ground.

According to Aggarwal, he would deliver discourse for the public at 8.30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on June 27 and 28.



Ban ads on self-styled saints: society
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 24
The local zone of the Taraksheel Society, Punjab, while urging the District Magistrate to ban advertisements and functioning of self-styled saints and astrologer, and who claim to have cured people, has announced an award of Rs 5 lakh to any of those who will clear the 23-point test of credibility designed by the society.

Harbhajan Singh, president of the local chapter of the society, and Jaswant Jirkah, in charge, media affairs, said the society was pained to see that many persons claiming to possess magical powers and remedies were openly attracting residents by advertisements on Cable TV and newspapers.

Many of those were exposed by the society and they had returned money to some victims in the presence of the police.

A society press note said they would give cash prize to those astrologer who would study 10 horoscopes in their presence and tell how many of those belonged to men or women, dead or alive and exact time and place of birth. Besides, a prize of $ 10,000 would be given by writer, Manjit Boparai, author of the book, “Jyotish Jooth Bolda Hai”.

The society said the offices and deras of these gurus were aimed at looting of citizens.



SDM’s teenaged son dies
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 24
Ms Amrit Gill, SDM, Ludhiana East, was bereaved when her son, Jamshed, passed away following a brief illness at DMC Hospital here last evening.

Fifteen-year-old Jamshed was an outstanding student of Army School, Patiala, who had recently passed his matriculation examination in flying colours. He was cremated in Patiala today.

Deputy Commissioner Ashok Kumar Gupta has condoled the boy’s death. A condolence meeting was held today and those present included Mr Ajmer Singh, ADC (D), Mr S. R. Kaler, DDLG, Mr Kuldeep Singh, DTO, Mr M.S. Jaggi, SDM, Ludhiana West, Ms Anupam Kaler, AC (G), Mr J.K. Jain, DORG, Mr Darshan Singh, DPRO, Mr Inderpreet Singh Kahlon, DRO, Mr Yash Pal Mehra, DEO (S), and Ms Harvinder Kaur, DEO(E).

Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Education Minister, and Mr Malkiat Singh Dakha, a former minister, have also expressed their sympathies.

According to sources, a few days ago Jamshed was admitted to hospital after complaining of a prolonged fever bout. He was discharged from the hospital. Yesterday, some complications arose and he was admitted to the hospital where he breathed his last.



Man swept away in canal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 24
A youth of Sharma Colony went missing while bathing in the Sidhwan canal near the Jawaddi bridge last evening.

Efforts by the police and a team of divers since last night to find his body have failed. The police said Manohar Singh (24) had come to the canal with his friend Satwant Singh.

A strong current of water swept him away while Satwant tried in vain to hold on to him.



Promotion of handloom sector stressed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 24
“A beginning has been made but lots need to be done on handloom product promotion and development front,” stated Mr M.C. Munjal, Chairman, CII Ludhiana Zonal Council and Managing Director, Majestic Auto Limited, while addressing a buyer-seller meet on “J and K handloom industry: march of tradition in the domain of modernity” organised by the CII and the Jammu and Kashmir Handloom Development Corporation here today.

He said: “The artisans are endowed with considerable amount of human capital. However, they are constrained by the insignificant size of the market for their products. In case of the handloom industry, the marketing channel between the producer and the ultimate consumer is nearly non-existent. Consequently, the capacity of the artisans to imbibe new technologies for the treatment of raw material, produce new products in good quantities”.

Speaking about the flexibility and versatility of the handloom sector, he said, “The strength of handloom lies in introducing innovative designs which cannot be replicated by the powerloom sector”. Urging the need to revive the handloom sector, he mentioned: “Handwoven fabric is the product of Indian tradition, the inspiration of the culture ethos of the weavers”. Innovative weavers with their skilful blending of myths, faiths, symbols and imagery provide the fabric and appealing dynamism, he added.

The J and K Handloom Development Corporation showcased it products at the venue. The products on display comprised light weight finer tweed, fine quality exclusive handwoven shawls in contemporary designs and colours, besides handwoven pashmina shawls.

Mr Zahid Hussain, Managing Director of the corporation, expressed hope to achieve forward linkage with the Ludhiana market through franchises, wholesalers and distributors. He said: “These products have been manufactured for a high-end market, keeping in mind the preference of the modern retail industry and tradition of India.”

Explaining about the exclusiveness and quality of the products, he mentioned: “The corporation has focused on evolving market-oriented products and to achieve desired results, national-level designers have been integrated with contemporary designs, market likings and colour choices to present the market with an excellent blend of tradition and modernity”.

Over 50 delegates, from the hosiery, textile, retail and shawl industries participated.



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