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Gastro thrives on garbage heaps
MC apathy stinks on roads
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Though gastro has spread in various parts of the city yet this does not seem to wake the Municipal Corporation authorities from their slumber. The garbage continues to pile up in different areas of city.

In the past fortnight, around six persons have lost their life due to gastro. The city continues to pose a threat to the health of residents as heaps of garbage are putrefying and stink is emanating but there seems to be nobody to clean them.

The residents of BRS Nagar, near CFC School, have several times complained that the dasehra ground was being used as a garbage dump. Despite repeated complaints, the garbage was not lifted. ‘‘After the rains, it has become nearly impossible for us to stand in open due to the stench. We get a swarm of flies every morning and if window is left opened they (flies) are all around,’’ said a resident of the area.

He further added hundreds of children studied in the school that was located near the dump.

The organisers of Baba Than Singh Memorial had also waged a war against the garbage dump some time ago. At the time, the garbage was lifted but the cleanliness in the area did not last long.

Another dump has come up on green belt alongside Ferozepore Road near Sarabha Nagar for quite some time. As it is not lifted for days together, the garbage stinks.

‘‘While one comes to the city from Jagraon side, smell of garbage greets him. It is strange that we are still grappling with the problem of garbage in this country. All that the authorities require is to deal with the problem meticulously. Otherwise, they would have to tackle disease outbreak,’’ said S.S. Chana, who is single handedly fighting against the menace of garbage in the city.

The residents of Gurdev Nagar are also always complaining against the garbage bin on the Malhar Road. The garbage is not lifted from there everyday. The bin has been shifted on a bylane of Gurdev Nagar that leads to a hospital. ‘‘We have been complaining against piling up of the garbage on a road leading to a hospital is a garbage dump but nobody cares. They can at least shift the bin to some other place or can lift the garbage every morning so that the area remains clean.’’ 



Appointment of Registrar
PAU to continue with selection process
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Punjab Agricultural University has decided to continue the practice of appointing its own Registrar. The incumbent Registrar Dr V.K Sharma retires on September 30. He was appointed through a selection process in 2002. This was for the first time that the PAU had appointed the Registrar of its own through selection process. Earlier, the state government used to depute bureaucrats, IAS and PCS, officers as the Registrars.

Since the experiment worked very well with the PAU, it has decided to continue with the practice. Sharma has proved to be the longest serving Registrar of the university with a tenure of about five-and-a-half years.

Although the practice of deputing Registrars by the state government to the PAU continued right since its inception, it was changed in the year 2002 only as there was growing opinion that the university must have the right to choose its own Registrar. Questions were also being raised about the appointment of bureaucrats as the Registrar by the university staff itself which always wanted its own Registrar whether from teaching or non teaching community.

Since university is an autonomous body anybody coming from outside to join services there, even if he or she may be a bureaucrat, will be on "deputation" only. Much against the practice and nomenclature of "transferring" the IAS/PCS officers as Registrars, it is "deputation" in real sense. And the deputation requires the consent of both, the deputing agency (the state government) as well as the accepting institution (the university).

With university already deciding to appoint Registrar through a selection process, it has made its intentions obvious that it does not want anybody to be deputed from the state government as this would simply mean "imposing" an outsider on an unwilling institution. The state government has also not shown any interest in appointing a Registrar of its own choice and left the decision to the discretion of the university only.

Besides the Registrar, the PAU has also advertised the posts of Dean College of Agricultural Engineering as the incumbent Dean retires on September 1, Additional Director Research (agriculture) and the Additional Director Communication.

The university has already conducted interviews for the Deans of Post Graduate Studies, the College of Home Sciences and the Director, Research. The list is likely to be released in a few days only.

Although there is no regular Director, Students Welfare, appointment to the post has been stayed by the court. Unless the stay is vacated the post will not be advertised.



Four held for murder of watchman
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 12
The Payal police has arrested the miscreants who had allegedly killed watchman of a cooperative agricultural society at Katahri village in Ludhiana district after robbing him.

The gang was busted on the basis of information provided by CPOs posted at market of Karamsar village near here on the fateful night.

Parminder Singh and Jagdev Singh of Bhutta village and Krishan Singh and Jasbir Singh of Jasran village were nabbed by a police party led by Naveen Kumar, SHO, Payal, when they were trying to leave the area. Two scooters were recovered from their possession.

According to information provided by Sushil Kumar, SP (D), the suspects had confessed to having killed Nazar Singh (50), a watchman of the Katahri cooperative agricultural society, after tying him with the cot on which he was relaxing on the premises of the society on the night of July 5. Though the miscreants had left no clue on the crime site, information provided about them by CPOs posted at Karamsar market had helped the police in nabbing them. The police had initiated investigation after registering a case under Section 460 of the IPC.

Had the CPOs, Nachhatar Singh, Manjit Singh, Baljit Singh and Tarlochan Singh not become suspicious after noticing blood stains on clothes of some passersby on the fateful night, the identity of murderers might have remained a mystery. "It was on the basis of the information provided by the CPOs that we could crack the murder mystery and reach the accused," said the SP (D) adding that the miscreants had come to steal but killed the watchman when he tried to stop them.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the accused had used a rod and a sharp-edged kirach to kill Nazar Singh and they had also used a pillow to suffocate him. The deceased had lost his life as he had tried to raise an alarm when he could not stop the robbers from trying to break open the store rooms. The accused had targeted the society office as it was situated at a deserted place on the Karamsar road.



Case property vehicles an eyesore
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
With no more space for keeping case property vehicles in the premises of the Sarabha Nagar police station, cops have started keeping the damaged accidental vehicles outside the BRS Nagar market, making them an eyesore for the passersby as well as shopkeepers.

The vehicles, besides presenting an ugly picture, prevent the usual hustle bustle in the market with visitors staying away from that side of the business area.

There is an added fear that the cops may start using the pavement permanently for this purpose.

Keeping the vehicles is a big headache for the police.

Not only at Sarabha Nagar but the problem is witnessed at all police stations.

With lengthy system of disposing of the vehicles or releasing them on supardari, those remain parked for months and even years in or outside the police stations.

DSP Simrat Pal Singh Dhindsa said the premises of the Sarabha Nagar police station is already full of such vehicles forcing officials to use the market space.



Sonia hailed for nominating Pratibha
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Punjab Congress leader Gurkanwal Kaur today hailed the party president, Sonia Gandhi for nominating Pratibha Patil as the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) candidate for the Presidential elections.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune here today, Kaur pointed out that Sonia Gandhi has created history for the second time. "First she declined the post of the Prime Minister herself and now by nominating a woman for the post of the President has happened for the first time," the Congress leader claimed.

Kaur also criticised the National Democratic Alliance campaign against Patil. She alleged that the NDA had been taken aback with the nomination of a woman candidate. "Moreover, the NDA constituents know it for sure that they were facing an imminent defeat, that is why they are getting too desperate," she added.



Amway donates ambulance
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 12
Amway Opportunity Foundation (AOF) and Rotary Club Southend, along with local distributors of Amway, made a noble contribution by donating an ambulance to Mohan Dai Oswal Charitable Cancer Hospital.

Amrit Kaur Gill, sub divisional magistrate (West), Sanker Parameswaran, director, legal and corporate affairs, Amway India, Dr Satish Jain, medical superintendent of Oswal Hospital and Amway distributors, led by Mohinder Braich, formally flagged off the ambulance in a ceremony held at Amway office in BRS Nagar here today.

Speaking on the occasion, Gill said it was a matter of immense pleasure to see that AOF and Amway distributors had come forward and joined hands with Rotary Club to donate this ambulance.

What was unique about AOF activities was the involvement of its volunteer base, drawn from the huge size of over 4, 50,000 Amway business owners, spread across the country, he added.

Sanker highlighted that AOF a registered non-profit organisation looked after the corporate social responsibility of the company and had been actively associated with several projects dedicated towards child welfare all over the country. Under the National Project for the Blind, the AOF, with its partners AICB and NAB, had ensured making available Braille textbooks to over 85,000 school going blind children in 15 states.



Move to hike power tariff to hit industry
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Condemning the proposal by the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) to increase power tariffs, the local industry yesterday said it would act as a blow to industrial consumers.

"The proposal to increase electricity tariff from 6 paise to 11 paise per unit for all categories of power consumer will have an adverse impact on the industry. At a time when industry is already passing through a crisis, an additional burden is absolutely uncalled for," said G.S. Kahlon, president, Auto Parts Manufacturers Association.

Critisising the board, he said it had become a practice with the board to burden electricity consumers whenever it felt any sort of financial problems.

Members of the association alleged that crores of rupees were due towards the board in form of unpaid bills . "In many cases, it is government departments that have high amounts of pending electricity bills. The electricity board should concentrate on recovery of these dues instead of burdening consumers every time," they said.

The industrialists also asserted that efforts need to be taken towards controlling power thefts. "There are several measures like controlling power theft, reducing transmission and distribution losses and stopping free power supply to certain sectors which, if taken, would solve a lot of problems being faced by the electricity board. It would not only help deal with the power crisis, but also reduce financial burden," added the industrialists.



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