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Juvenile home: Unhygienic and filthy
Minister Chawla pulls up authorities
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 6
It was a pleasant day for inmates at Juvenile Home here as Laxmi Kanta Chawla, health and family welfare minister, visited there. Under the aegis of ‘‘Operation Cover Up’’ held by the Juvenile Home authorities, the minister gave a straight talk to the authorities concerned. She requested them to treat the inmates in a more humane way.

Chawla stressed on the fact that the inmates were children and should be groomed to become responsible citizen than hardened criminals. Chawla met sick inmates, suffering from skin diseases, fever, eye infection and depression. The minister was accompanied with doctors and police officials led by the civil surgeon and the SSP. She pointed out the deficiencies in conduct and approach towards the inmates, who were sent here with the motive of reforming them.

The children despite living amidst unhygienic conditions greeted her with a smile. Seeing their plight, she directed the superintendent of Juvenile Home to organise yoga and bhangra classes for them. Besides, she asked them to organise, spiritual discourses and visits to some religious places for them as the SSP, R.K. Jaiswal, would provide them security.

After talking to few inmates in private, Chawla pointed out that the home managers had put up brand new fans prior to her visit and even the TV set was installed last evening. This left the authorities tongue-tied even as they tried to argue that it was not the case.

As an immediate measure, Chawla ordered regular health check up of the inmates. Till now, the regular check-up existed mainly on paper only with doctors visiting the place after long interval. Chawla ordered visit by doctor every alternate day. She also deputed SSP Jaiswal to study the cases and find out the legal barriers in the release of some of the children and suggestions to keep them away from crime.

After listening to Govind, an inmate who was limping while walking and had developed swelling on his right foot, Chawla reprimanded authorities that he had a right to treatment.

Explaining their poor conditions, the inmates told her that her visit meant a feast for them as they were served good food today. Otherwise, they had to make do with carelessly cooked chapatis and little bit of vegetable. She gifted sports goods and games to the inmates.

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Lack of infrastructure
Ayurvedic college barred from admitting students 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 6
The department of medical education has directed Guru Nanak Ayurvedic College, Gopalpur, near Dehlon, not to admit students for this session without obtaining “specific permission”. This has been done after an inspection committee found that the college with its poor infrastructure has been training students since its inception in 1999.

The inspection followed a few complaints from students and the ayurvedic student welfare association, Punjab, against the college functioning.

Following this, the government constituted a committee to probe into the allegations. It was found that the college building, infrastructure, faculty and hostels were not as per prescribed standard.

As per committee report, the college building was not according to the guidelines laid down by the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM). Members were shocked to see that the third floor of institute was being used as a girls’ hostel. The committee reported that the pharmacy, half-a-km away from the college, looked like a “godown”. Not a single body has been brought for taking dissection classes in the anatomy department for the past two years, students told the committee.

It also found that the departments like kaya chikitsa (skin), surgery, gynaecology, X-ray, ECG, labour room, operating theatre were locked. In fact, the college management used the ECG room as a cement store. The committee in its findings has written that the departments were shown only on papers. The attendance registers of teachers were not maintained and there was not even a single teacher in anatomy panchkarma department.

Besides, the college management charged extra fees from students in the name of various funds and security fees have not been refunded to students till date. Undue fine was being levied on students and no receipt of such charges was being given to them. The institute owns a bus and commuting on it was compulsory for all local students. They were forced to pay Rs 16,000 as bus charges every year.

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Seepage may ruin revenue records
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 6
Valuable revenue record of the district may get ruined as the ceiling of the room where it is stored leaks during rains.

The rain that lasted for a few minutes this morning not only led to the leakage in the record room but the water also got collected in the corridors of sub-registrar (West) office located in the basement of the mini-secretariat.

This caused inconvenience to those visiting the office. Inquiries revealed that when it rains the sewers of the office gets choked resulting in leakage from the room’s ceiling. The office, being in the basement, had to withstand the worst of the situation as the employees had to sit amidst a puddle of water.

While the record may get destroyed, the authorities concerned are least bothered about the situation. Sources said the revenue record pertaining to entire district was stored in this room. Even if a single file accidently falls into the water, record of almost 10 years would not be retrieved.

The regular visitors to the office said the fans were also not working during this hot weather. Every day this office gets a business of worth lakhs but we have to wait in stinking corridors, they rued.

The office was shifted to Transport Nagar last year. When the SAD-BJP government came to power the office was again shifted to the mini-secretariat. 

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Park Plaza parking lot razed
Construction of service lane
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 6
The municipal corporation today demolished the parking lot of five-star hotel Park Plaza to construct a service lane from Bharat Nagar Chowk to Arti Chowk here.

The work was started earlier also a month ago but could not be continued as the hotel authorities moved the court.

Superintending engineer Dharam Singh said they had replied to the court but the work had to continue. He said they had laid a layer of stones on the path and tomorrow they would carpet it. The entire work would be completed within a few days and the residents would be able to use it.

He said the corporation had taken the initiative of constructing a service lane parallel to Ferozepore Road from Bharat Nagar Chowk to Arti Chowk to ease traffic load on the road. It had constructed a similar road on the other side of Ferozepore Road passing in front of other hotels a couple of years ago.

But this side of the road could not be laid at that time as a case was admitted in the court. That petition was recently disposed.

Even the forest department, which had objections to laying of the service lane as it had to come up on forest land only, had recently agreed to allow the corporation to do so.

Corporation officials had claimed that they had agreed to compensate the forest department in lieu of the land.

Though the city required a service lane alongside Ferozepore Road considering the traffic scenario, political pressure is said to be behind the corporation for starting the work suddenly. The residents have also been demanding the lane for the slow vehicles.

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DMCH to hold free eye camps
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 6
Dayanand Medical College and Hospital will organise a free eye check-up camp in the eye OPD on every second Sunday of the month. The first camp is being organised on July 9.

During the camp, the patients will be examined for various eye ailments and proper guidelines will be given to them for maintaining proper eye hygiene. Poor and needy patients requiring surgery will be treated absolutely free of cost.

According to professor and head of the eye department, DMCH, G.S. Bajwa, eye care is essential for maintaining the health of eyes. There are many eye diseases that can be prevented or whose progression can be slowed down with proper precautions and healthy eating. It is advisable to consult an eye specialist periodically.

People with obesity or who are diabetic should have more routine checkups since they are more likely to develop certain eye diseases. Adopting the preventive measures help a lot in maintaining healthy eyes.

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Cooperative society watchman murdered 
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 6
Some miscreants killed Nazar Singh (50), a watchman of a cooperative society at Katahri village, after tying him with the cot he was relaxing on the premises of the society last night. The Payal police after receiving information from villagers has registered a case under Section 460 of the IPC.

Though the amount of loss suffered by the cooperative society is yet to be assessed, the kin of the victim informed the police that the miscreants took away his wristwatch and purse.

According to Gautam Cheema, SSP, Khanna, the miscreants had used crude weapons to kill the watchman who might have tried to stop them from burgling the storehouse of the society. Though the exact cause of death would be known after receiving the postmortem report, it is suspected that the miscreants might have suffocated the victim after hitting him on the head.

“The villagers came to know about the incident only after a farmer accompanied by Pargat Singh, son of the victim, went to the office and found the gate bolted from inside. When nobody responded from inside, they entered the premises by climbing a wall and found the body tied with the cot,” said Cheema. He said injury marks were seen on the nose.

A dog squad and fingerprint experts deputed by the district police could provide no clue to the investigation team led by Naveen Kumar, SHO, Payal.

Preliminary investigations made by Sushil Kumar, SP (D), and Rattan Singh Brar, DSP, Payal, revealed that the miscreants might have targeted the society with an intention to loot cash.

A farmer of Lapran village had deposited a huge amount during the working hours but the amount was deposited in the bank. Circumstantial evidence suggests that the miscreants might have stayed at the crime site for a substantially long time as they had made unsuccessful attempt to break the gate of the society office and store.

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Land grabbers return after 6 yrs
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 6
Six years after the municipal corporation removed encroachments to lay a road in Chander Nagar along the Budda Nullah, encroachers have once again erected structures.

The corporation had removed a large number of houses that had come up on the land, but even after so many years the road has not been laid. “It seems that the corporation has forgotten that they had demolished encroachments for constructing the road. Despite repeated reminders they have not stated the work. Things have come to such a passé that half of the road has been encroached upon once again,” said Harjeet Singh Bajwa, a resident of Chander Nagar.

The residents said the road was laid in patches at a few places. However, some areas were left untouched. So, the road has never been of any use to the residents. Every year during monsoons, slush gets accumulated on the road.

“Every year we suffer. Rain water also gets accumulated making an idle location for mosquito breeding but nobody listens to us. The area comes under municipal limit and we are paying the house and all other taxes then why cannot we get a road? Six years have passed but the corporation has not constructed a road in this colony. How much time will the corporation take to construct it?” asked a resident.

He even suspected that civic authorities were hand in glove with a few by allowing them to construct buildings on the road itself. “The way they are handling the matter it is pretty clear that something fishy is going on,” he said.

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Arrest accused, demands union
Our Correspondent

Amloh, July 6
A deputation of Panchayat Secretary Union today met SHO Surjit Singh Dhanoa and demanded the arrest of three persons who had allegedly thrashed Narinder Singh in front of his house here on June 29.

On the statement of Narinder Singh, the police has registered a case. Narinder Singh, who was admitted to the civil hospital, was discharged on July 4.

Former municipal council chief Baldev Singh Aulukh told mediapersons here today that on the day of incident, he saw a person waiting in front of his house. That person asked him that he wanted to meet his son Narinder Singh. When Narinder Singh came out of his house to meet him, he was allegedly attacked by three persons. Later, the accused escaped on motor cycle.

DSP Gurpreet Singh said the matter is under investigation.

Meanwhile, the union has threatened to launch a stir in case the police failed to take action against the accused.

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Traffic awareness calendar released
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, July 6
The Yuva Khatri Sabha, Mandi Gobindgarh, under its “Sadak Suraksha Jagrukta Abhiyan” moved a step ahead and has released a calendar giving information on road safety and traffic regulations. The calendar was released by DSP Balwant Kaur at her office. The calendars will be distributed in offices of the government and private sector.

DSP Balwant Kaur appreciated the sabha for their social cause and promised to give all possible help for the success of their mission.

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Furnace worker killed in mishap
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, July 6
Ram Parvesh, 27, a migrant labourer, was injured when he was working on the furnace mill of S.M. Steel Industries yesterday. Jarnail Singh, sarpanch of Kumbh village, has stated that he had gone to the factory to purchase some steel items where he saw injured Ram Parvesh. He was taken to the hospital, where he was declared dead.

The police, on the statement of the sarpanch, has registered a case under Section 304-A of the IPC against the firm.

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Saving lives his passion
Our Correspondent

Samrala, July 6
Nobody wants to die no matter in whatever condition a person finds himself in, but it is also true that noble souls take such an extreme only when circumstances become unbearable for them.

Such instances are often seen and talked about at the Neelon bridge on the Sirhind canal, 10 km from here. It is also a coincidence that the man who saved a few from jumping into the canal works as a senior captain in queen flowers restaurant on the Neelon bridge. The man, Rajinder Thakur (31), is a resident of Himachal Pradesh.

Whenever he hears that a man has tried to commit suicide he jumps into the canal to save him. So far, he has saved the lives of more than six persons.

Thakur said he learnt swimming when he was in Class IX. At that time he saved the life of one of his classmates who was about to drawn at Tobha village. People of his village and his father appreciated his gesture. Later on, it developed as his passion.

Thakur said: “The managing director of the restaurant, Jyoti Samra, and the general manager, Kailash Chander, have not only encouraged him but also financially helped in promoting his job.”

Now, SDM Sukhdev Singh has announced to honour Thakur on the eve of Independence Day.

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Burglary at Tribune scribe’s house

Ludhiana, July 6
Burglars struck at the house of The Tribune photographer Inderjeet Verma in Aman Nagar this afternoon. They managed to break open locks but fled after sensing trouble.

However, before fleeing they took away few things kept in the verandah of the house.

No one was at home during the incident. This is the second burglary in his house in less than two months. A complaint was lodged with the police. — TNS

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Assault on son
Widow seeks action
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, July 6
A widow, Krishana Devi, has urged the district police chief to arrest the miscreants who were involved in assaulting her son Raju. A case was registered at the local police station on June 5 under Sections 341, 323, 506, 427, 148 and 149 of the IPC against Vickey Chehal and others.

Krishana has stated that Jaggi of Shanti Nagar had asked his son to accompany him to Ladpur village in their car. Vickey Chehal along with others allegedly intercepted the car and broke windowpanes of the vehicle.

The accused armed with cricket bats, hit her son on the head after pulling him out of the vehicle.

She said Raju was admitted to the local civil hospital from where he was referred to Rajindra Hospital, Patiala.

She said her son is the only breadwinner of the family. 

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