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Delimitation of wards
Cong may move court
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

The party is keen to recover the lost ground in the urban areas in the Assembly elections as it lost all four urban and a couple of semi-urban seats.

Ludhiana, April 29
The Congress is learnt to have decided to exhaust all available options to get the “deliberate errors” in the process of delimitation of wards in the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation rectified. In the first instance, the party will file objections to the proposals. If these are not accepted, the party will move the court.

This was decided at a high-level meeting chaired by secretary of the All-India Congress Committee Manish Tewari here today. The meeting was attended, among others, by senior leaders, including Harnam Dass Johar, Rakesh Pandey, Milkiat Singh Birmi and Surinder Dawer.

Party sources said it was also decided at the meeting that any of the councillors who opposed the official party candidates during the recent Assembly elections or the parliamentary elections earlier would not be allotted party ticket at any cost. This was being done to ensure that discipline was enforced in the party under all circumstances.

The message has to be carried forth that indiscipline will not be overlooked in any case no matter how influential or senior the person may claim himself to be.

It was also decided at the meeting that the party would ensure that all leaders and workers were taken along. The party, it was observed, would present a united fight against the SAD-BJP alliance. All senior leaders are being involved with the decision-making process to ensure that only the competent candidates with sincere commitment to the party get the nomination.

Another important thing agreed in principle was giving adequate representation to young and educated people in the elections. The party felt that with about 80 per cent population of Punjab being less than 40 years of age, it was important that the youth got adequate representation in the party nominations.

The party was keen to recover the lost ground in the urban areas in the Assembly elections as it lost all four urban and a couple of semi-urban seats. The party is hopeful that the SAD-BJP alliance was going to fail on the promise of subsidised ata-dal issue, which is being made major poll plank during the corporation elections.

Manish Tewari is taking keen interest in the MC elections since it would form the base for the next general elections.



Exam superintendent assaulted
He had stopped boys from copying
Tribune News Service

Kamal Kishor recovering at DMCH, Ludhiana
Kamal Kishor recovering at DMCH, Ludhiana, on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, April 29
Kamal Kishor, a senior lecturer of SCD Government College, has paid the price for being sincere to the examination duty.

Appointed as a centre superintendent by Panjab University at Arya College for Boys here, Kishor was beaten up by a group of students in the college last evening. His fault was that he stopped students of copying during the exam. Kishor was admitted to the emergency ward of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital.

According to him, while going home after his examination duty in the evening session, he was stopped by some students, who not only abused him but also assaulted him.

He alleged that even the police reached there but it did not try to catch the students.

“Later policemen came to the hospital and instead of taking the cognizance of the incident they reversely complained to my fellow beings present there that why the police was not informed,” he said.

The victim said his fault was that he was performing his duty sincerely. He had caught many students cheating and had made cases against them. Certain students even threatened him of dire consequences if he informed anything to the Principal of the college.

It may be mentioned here that for the past four years, teachers or examiners were manhandled by students of Arya College. Some teachers even refuse to give duties at this particular centre because of “criminal behaviour of students during examinations”.

Last year, Harblas, lecturer of SCD Government College, was also beaten up by students of Arya College for Boys.

Meanwhile, Ashwani Bhalla, general secretary, Punjab Commerce and Management Association, Panjab University, had agreed to bear the expenses of Kishor’s treatment at the DMCH. He said the incident was reported to the vice-chancellor.

Various teachers’ bodies have expressed shock over the incident and demanded action against the accused and the college authorities for not making proper security arrangements in the college.

Jaipal Singh and Kuldeep Singh, president and general secretary, Punjab Government College Teachers Association, respectively, have demanded cancellation of all centers of Arya College at least for the next five years.

R.P. Sabharwal, president, Arya College Teachers Association, said the culprits should be brought to book.

Office-bearers of the PCCTU have also demanded an action against the guilty. Rajinder Bhandari, president, BJP, Punjab unit, has also condemned the attack.



Minister: Road repair at the earliest
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 29
Even two months after observance of the Road Safety Week by the government, the condition of almost all roads connecting the town with surrounding localities is pitiable.

Even the alternative routes being taken up by the commuters are equally risky. Poor visibility due to smoke and dust has further increased the risk factor these days.

All roads connecting nearby localities and towns are in a critical condition. The condition of the link roads, which had been waiting repairs for long, is also deplorable.

PWD minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa after being apprised of the situation by a delegation of SAD activists led by Jagwant Singh Jaggie, district general secretary, on Saturday assured that necessary repairs would be undertaken soon.

“As convenience and safety of residents of the state is top priority of the government, we will ensure that all roads in the area are repaired as soon as possible. Besides, we will expedite work on proposed four lane Ludhiana-Sangrur road also,” said Dhindsa while talking to Ludhiana Tribune after interacting with the delegation.

Earlier, the delegation informed the minister that most of the roads and bridges in the area had become virtual deathtraps for want of repair but the authorities concerned had paid no heed to their appeals.

Drivers found it difficult to negotiate turns at the Jagera bridge and the Kaind bridge. Many lives have been lost in accidents on these bridges.

The Jagera bridge, which has been declared unsafe, is still open for the traffic. Though the old bridge at Kaind has been closed for the traffic, blockades erected by the authorities concerned are positioned dangerously.

Similarly, the turns on the roads at Pohir, Dehlon, Sarinh and Gill villages are also accident prone.

The situation is graver on the roads along the river banks. Eroded sides and obstructing trees pose threat to occupants of the vehicles plying on these roads.

The problem has been aggravated by the diversion of heavy vehicles carrying goods from neighbouring states to Punjab. To avoid the tax authorities and check barriers, drivers prefer the tough terrain. The increase in the number of private vehicles and school buses has added burden to the already stressed roads.



Jugiana sans water for a month
Lovleen Bains

Sahnewal, April 29
Residents of Jugiana village, 8 km from Sahnewal, have finally raised a hue and cry due to the complete snapping of water supply to the village for the past one month.

In a written complaint to the XEN (Public Health), mandal no. 1, Ludhiana, the villagers alleged that the officials concerned had turned a deaf ear to their problem despite repeated reminders and visits to their offices.

Talking to this correspondent, villagers said the Nandpur-based rural water project supplied water to various villages, including Nandpur, Pawa, Khagat and Jugiana.

“As Jugiana village is located at the fag-end of the project, most of the time the pressure of water is low. Even when the water is supplied it is not fit for consumption,” rued the villagers.

“Now for the past one month the supply has not been restored. When the officers were contacted, they failed to provide any satisfactory reply,” they added.

At times they complained of the leakage of water pipes and mixing of sewer but to no avail.

“Now when the supply of water has been stopped, we are left with no other option but to drink unhygienic water,” they said.

Peeved at the faulty water supply in this sultry weather, the residents have decided to stage dharnas in front of the offices of the officials concerned.



Suicide: Father wants case reopened
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 29
His four-year-long battle, to get justice for his IAS aspirant son who was allegedly forced to commit suicide, does not seem to end as this desperate father has now knocked at the doors of chief minister, Parkash Singh Badal.

N.M. Hansi, a local resident, who lost his 21-year-old son in February 2003, presented his case before the CM’s sangat darshan in Chandigarh on April 12. He is hoping that this government would take his case seriously as high official in the previous government was allegedly involved in the case.

According to Hansi, the CM kept his file and directed the DIG to look into the allegations once again. Hansi had previously fought at various levels, including the National Human Rights Commission but the matter would close down as the inquiry was eventually entrusted upon the police, who only hushed up the matter.

The fight for justice has become a battle for Hansi. ‘‘My son often asks me in my dreams if I had become successful. But I know it is a long battle. Whether or not I would get his abettors ever punished or not I do not know,’’ he says.

Reiterating that his son had received sms and long calls from a phone number (9417099995) just a few hours before committing suicide, Hansi said that the contents of the sms were suggestive of some threats. When he asked the BSNL about the identity of the number, they refused stating that the number was not a private number but of the customer care of BSNL. But the documents, procured by him did not match with the reply by BSNL.

Though his case was taken up and the district police chief was asked to look into the details, he could not get the guilty for his son’s death booked.

In his request to Badal, Hansi said that the local police had submitted a report by a DSP who had stated that there was nothing substantial in the case so the matter has been closed. He claimed that it was shocking that he had never met that DSP in his life. How could he conduct an inquiry into the case when he had not met the complainant?



Ludhiana Calling

Fruit juices are popular summer drinks, particularly among the health conscious. Call it the initiative of enterprising spirit, the latest offer from sellers of juices are vegetable juices. So do not be surprised if your favourite juice wallah offers you a cool mix of gourd, bitter gourd, tomatoes and other such veggies in a variety of flavours ranging from pudina to dhaniya.

No cricket frenzy

Due to disappointing performance of the Indian Cricket team in the world cup, the love for cricket seems to have died in the city. The Sunday morning matches played in almost all grounds and parking lots in the city have gone missing. Earlier the residents used to wake up to the loud noises of street cricketers every Sunday. Even the world cup final between Australia and Sri Lanka did not evoke much interest in Ludhiana.

Why piracy?

Yet another shopkeeper in the city was caught with over 7500 pirated CDs and DVDs this week. One wonders why the shopkeepers take the risk of indulging in the trade when a number of companies had released original movies at very low rates. Even the consumer has learnt that a pirated CD available at Rs 100 costs the seller less than Rs 20 per piece and is willing to pay something around Rs 50. Still, for earning a few more bucks, the shopkeepers take so much of risk.

Heat wave

The heat wave has not only bogged down the residents but the animals also who look for shelter in cooler environs. The mercury has touched 40 degrees and even the tigers of Tiger Safari on Jalandhar Road are seen resting most of the time under the shade of trees. When these big cats laze around for most part of the day, it becomes a problem for the safari employees to make them exercise a must for the animals in captivity.

Malls bring relief

Modern-day shopping complexes and malls are doing more than just adding to a good shopping experience. People are visiting these to get respite from scorching heat too. The logic is simple, centrally air conditioned complexes and malls with a 24-hour power back-up are far better than homes without power.

Contributed by Shveta Pathak, Kanchan Vasdev, Jupinderjit Singh



Approval likely to small units in green category
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 29
Minister for Jails, Tourism and Cultural Affairs Hira Singh Gabria has stated that the government was considering to accord approval to the small industrial units of the green category to continue to function in the residential areas so that the new power connections and other facilities could be provided to such units.

Gabria was addressing industrialists and traders at a function organised to honor him by the Ludhiana Textiles and Hosiery Traders Association at Hotel City Heart here last evening.

Gabria said the small industrial units of the green category, which were running in the residential areas since long, were facing problems relating to power connections and threats of shifting from these areas. He said the new master plan of Ludhiana city was being prepared in which the activities in all the areas would be defined and smooth development could be ensured in the coming years.

The minister said the government was committed to provide infrastructure facilities in the cities and informed that the government had got approved various development projects costing Rs 2,000 crore under the JNURM for Ludhiana.

After the implementation of the programme, Ludhiana would emerge as number one city of the North. He said to give a boost to the trade and industry in this region, the government had also decided to develop the Sahnewal airport to the international level.

Gabria announced that all the genuine problems of the industry and trade would be sorted out at the earliest and three new boards for big, small and medium industry and trade were being constituted.

Among others who addressed the function included Madan Lal Bagga, Ajit Singh, Sohan Singh Goga, Surinder Singh Makkar, Satnam Singh, Jagmohan Singh and Harjit Singh Ahuja.

On the occasion, prominent personalities were honored by the association.



‘Sirhind Fateh Divas’ on May 12
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 29
The Bairagi Mahan Mandal, Punjab, will observe ‘Sirhind Fateh Divas’ at Baba Moti Ram Mehra Gurdwara, Fatehgarh Sahib, on May 12. This will be organised to mark the occasion when Banda Singh Bahadur had avenged the killing of two sons of Guru Gobind Singh.

Speaking during the meeting, the president of the mandal, Krishan Kumar Bawa, said members of the bairagi community from all over state and other parts of country would pay tributes to the great martyr for waging the war against the Mughals.

The meeting was presided over by the state president of the mandal, Hari Das Bawa, and among others who were present on the occasion included national general secretary of Baba Banda Bahadur Ravinder Nandi and president Baldev Bawa.

According to Bawa, the martyrdom day of Banda Bahadur would be observed at the national-level function in Mehrauli (New Delhi).

A ‘shaheedi march’ would commence from Nangal Garhi in Gurdaspur on June 6. It would to Mehrauli on June 9 after visiting several historical and religious places on the way.

He announced that the mandal would soon prepare 1,000 yellow card-holders to strengthen the cadres of the organisation at the grassroot level.

A poster related to ‘Sirhind Fateh Divas’ and was released at the meeting.



MCPI (U) flays state govt
Our Correspondent

Doraha, April 29
The Marxist Communist Party of India (United) today criticised the Badal government and termed it no better than its predecessors.

Party leaders and workers met at K.K. Kaushal Memorial Bhavan, Doraha, and condemned the Badal government as it failed to fulfil its poll promises and played with the sentiments and faith of the common man.

The meeting was presided over by Kuldip Singh, state general secretary, and attended, among others, by Lakhwinder Singh Ruani, district general secretary, Jandeep Kaushal, Bachittar Singh, Balkrishan, Sukhdev Singh, Pawan Kumar Kaushal and Amarjit Singh Faizgarh.

The Badal government was criticised for the postponement of its decisions. The atta-dal issue, they said, awaits its implementation. The issue of rising prices is still untouched.

They demanded a roll-back of government’s decisions of privatising education and passing on three major IITs to the Oswal Group. It also criticised the government for its inaction in land-acquisition case in Barnala.

On the occasion, three resolutions, including the lifting of toll tax from Doraha and charging of no passenger tax, were passed.



Minister gives grant to goushala
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 29
Minister for Jails, Tourism and Cultural Affairs Hira Singh Gabria today participated in the “Gau poojan” function held at the Krishan Balram Goushala on the Pakhowal road. It was organised by the Goushala Committee.

He appreciated the committee for providing facilities for the cows in the goushala and announced a grant of Rs 1 lakh for the committee.

Rajeev Gupta, assistant commissioner general, Sudesh Goel, president of the committee, Tarsem Gupta, chairman, and Pawan Goel, vice-chairman of the committee, were present, among others, on the occassion.



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