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Satluj bridge out of bounds
Tribune News Service

Instead of carrying out repairs on the bridge footpath, the NHAI and the administration have opted to keep the pedestrians away by putting up notice boards

A signboard prohibits pedestrians against using footpath on Satluj bridge near Ludhiana.
A signboard prohibits pedestrians against using footpath on Satluj bridge near Ludhiana. Photo by Inderjit Verma

Ludhiana, November 13
The pedestrian path on the Satluj bridge has been declared out of bounds. Instead of carrying out urgent repairs on the much-used footpath on both sides of the bridge, the National Highway Authority of India, the administration of Ludhiana and Jalandhar have opted to keep the pedestrians away by putting a notice board on the either of the bridge.

Signboards stating "Kindly do not use the footpath" have come up on the either side of the bridges prohibiting the pedestrians. But with no safe alternate route provided to those crossing the bridge by foot, the pedestrians risk their life by using the road space meant for vehicles.

It is specifically causing inconvenience to residents of the nearby villages who use the footpath to cross the river many times a day. Besides, devotees to a Muslim shrine, situated in the Punjab Police Academy, also travel by foot over the bridge.

Recently, the volume of pedestrians has increased with the coming up of a Shani Dev temple near the bridge. Residents from nearby villages and some from Ludhiana city also prefer walking all the way to the shrines.

The bridge dotted with cracks and wide potholes on footpath pose grave danger to the pedestrians. Even the boundary walls are terribly damaged with barbed wires put up to avoid any one falling directly into the river.

"I pay regular obeisance at a temple located right next to the Phillaur end of the bridge. But reaching the temple proves to be a rather risky affair as while returning home I have to face a lot of inconvenience as half of the bridge is broken and potholes have been occurred on the footpath.

Instead of taking out any repair work, the authorities have pitched in a sign board to keep away the pedestrians from using the bridge, "said Sudesh Kumar, a resident of Laddowal.

Aggrieved over the depleted state of the bridge Rajiv Kumar, a resident of Civil Lines said: "We have paid toll tax for using the bridge but where are the facilities."

Mandeep Singh, a resident of Phillaur, said it was too dangerous to use the road than the footpaths, " Due to heavy traffic running on high speed, it was more dangerous to use the road."



Threat effect: Mayor calls meeting
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 13
Stung by threats of Congress councillors that they will protest if the F&CC committee not to be constituted, mayor Hakam Singh Gyaspura today called a meeting of officials under the Municipal Corporation to take a stock of the pending development works in the city.

Files pertaining to all works were requisitioned at the meeting chaired by the mayor and attended by senior deputy mayor Parveen Bansal and commissioner Vikas Pratap.

Sources said a long list was prepared to find out works that were overdue and needed immediate approval.

It is learnt that the MC was still in no mood to constitute the F&CC and process for taking the files in the general house was initiated today. Gyaspura was, however, not available for comments as he was said to be busy at a meeting.

They added that differences among SAD councillors was the biggest hiccup in the way of constitution of the committee that pass the estimates of projects, clear tenders, clear release of work orders and even the final bills.

It had become difficult for Gyaspura to get the councillors reach a consensus on members of the committee due to differences. The best short cut was to take the projects to the general house and get these passed.

‘‘As per the rules, the house is the most powerful authority. They do not need the approval of the F&CC then,’’ said leader of opposition in the MC house Prem Mittal. He added that similar practice was followed in the Amritsar and Jalandhar houses in the past.

The opposition, however, cast its aspersions on the fact that they might follow some other method and get some notification in this regard. ‘‘In that case we will decide our next course of action, ’’ said Mittal.

He said things would be worked out soon. The issues related to city, including the functioning of the B&R cell, the O&M cell, building branch, light branch and horticulture wing, were discussed.

‘‘We have decided to provide required lighting in different city areas, a gardener attached with each councillor in 75 wards with a direction that he would plant at least one sapling each on every working day.

Other projects staring in the face of the MC, including bridge in place of Lakkar bridge, several roads, Gill Road, Jassian Road, Chuharpur Road and Dugri road, were also discussed.



Youth Fest Fiasco
PU forms panel to probe attack on judges
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahhmedgarh, November 13
The Panjab University authorities have constituted a four-member committee to probe the of alleged attack by students and members of the bhangra team of GHG Khalsa College Sudhar on official judges during the zonal youth festival at GNG Khalsa College Narangwal a fortnight ago.

A committee, including the dean student welfare, cultural advisor to vice-chancellor, dean college councillor and Prof D N Johar from the law department, has been constituted to carry out the probe. According to S M Kant, director, Youth Welfare, Panjab University, the committee will summon the parties concerned for submitting evidence in their support.

"Though it is premature to speak on the quantum and nature of the punishment, the authorities believe that stern action should be taken against those who have tarnished the image of the university by assaulting judges," said Kant, adding that the committee would also verify whether students participating in the event were bona fide.

Members of the bhangra team of Sudhar college had allegedly attacked Sukhdev Singh Randhawa, Ajit Singh and Jagbir Singh (judges for the bhangra competition) on October 31. The principal of the host college had lodged complaints with the Dehlon police and the university authorities.

An FIR had also been registered. SHO, Dehlon, Prem Singh, said the police had been raiding the homes of the accused and the college but the suspects had not yet been arrested.



World Diabetes Day Today
Sweeteners may get bitter for diabetics
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, November 13
Low-calorie substitutes of sugar have become the latest fad, not only among the figure-conscious youth but affluent people in other age groups as well.

Practically, the use of sugar substitutes has become so common in the region that even those suffering from metabolic disorders like diabetes do not think twice before consuming so called low-cal food.

However, medical professionals question the wisdom of unlimited use of these sugar substitutes on several counts. Says Dr Ramanbir Singh, consultant endocrinologist at SPS Apollo Hospitals here, "We occasionally advise the diabetics or obese persons to use sugar-free tablets as sweeteners for tea or milk, but still taking a cup of tea or a glass of milk without sugar is any day better to cut intake of calories."

He, however, stoutly disapproved consumption of sweets, candies, colas, ice cream or other food items, prepared with sugar substitutes, particularly for those afflicted with diabetes. "People must not forget that even if no sugar has been used in low-cal food, these contain fats and carbohydrates which are converted into sugar by the body.”

In this regard, a comprehensive study conducted by the American Dietetic Society observed that even though extensive scientific research had supported the safety of five low-calorie sugar substitutes, currently approved by FDA for use in foods and beverages, a controversial animal cancer study of aspartame was currently being reviewed by regulatory authorities in the US and many other countries.

The study had also pointed towards some other significant health issues pertaining to sugar substitutes, most of which were digested.



Awareness walk, check-up camps today
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 13
SPS Apollo Hospitals will organise a diabetes awareness walk and a free check-up camp at multiple locations across the country here tomorrow on the occasion of World Diabetes Day.

Giving this information, Dr Gurpreet Singh, consultant endocrinologist at the hospital, said the campaign would aim at raising awareness of the rising prevalence of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents as early diagnosis and early education were crucial to reducing complications and saving lives. The healthcare community, educators, parents and guardians must join forces to help children living with diabetes, prevent the condition in those at risk, and avoid unnecessary death and disability.

Stressing that in order to control diabetes and prevent complications, blood glucose levels must be maintained as close to the normal range as safely possible, he said, in the camp, the doctors would work with families to help set their child's or teen's targets for blood glucose levels.

Dayanand Medical College and Hospital will hold a painting and poster competition in the medical OPD of the hospital on the occasion which will be open only to the children affected with diabetes. A free mega diabetes check up camp will be organised on November 14 by Guru Teg Bahadur Charitable Hospital here.



Exercise must to avoid diabetes: Doc
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 13
Terming aping of the western lifestyle as a major cause of diabetes, the district health authorities called upon various social organisations to join hands in educating the masses about the adverse effects of the hormonal disorder that gives rise to many other diseases.

Addressing a meeting of various social and educational organisations at MGMN Senior Secondary School here today, Dr K C Goel, district health officer, Sangrur, stressed the need to create awareness about diabetes.

The DHO called upon these organisations to reaffirm their commitment to the eradication of diabetes on World Diabetes Day tomorrow. "It is high time when we should educate people that diabetes can be a major factor in contracting cardiovascular diseases, renal disorders and other fatal diseases," said Goel.

Goel said certain patients blamed their forefathers for transmitting defective genes to them inducing diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, which were all related. "Despite the fact that genes carried traits for certain diseases, their manifestation could be regulated. The genetic factors become effective only when we ape the western style of living without any thought," held Goel, adding that we should genuinely get interested in physical activity, avoid calorie-rich foods, aerated beverages, alcohol and tobacco if we wanted to check the disease.



Foetus found
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 13
A foetus was found wrapped in a newspaper inside a tree guard on roadside in industrial area-A this morning.

The police suspects the foetus, about four-month old, was killed in an illegal termination of pregnancy or was yet another case of female foeticide.

ASI Harbans Singh, investigating officer, said a case under Section 318 (concealment of birth by secret disposal of foetus or body) of the IPC has been registered against unknown person(s) for killing the child in the womb.

He said the police was inquiring from local hospitals about the illegal abortion.



Hooda announces grant of Rs 5 lakh to lawyers
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 13
Chief Minister of Haryana Bhupinder Singh Hooda today announced a grant of Rs 5 lakh for the purchase of books for the library of the District Bar Association and urged the lawyers to charge less from the poor.

He said he, also being a lawyer, was feeling that in case both Punjab and Haryana, who are like brothers, act unitedly without any controversy, they could make much headway in development.

However, he pointed out that there were certain persons who were raising controversial issues for their vested interests. Punjab and Haryana had many commonalities and these should be preserved. In case there was any hindrance, that was due to self-interests, added Hooda.

He said the lawyers had played an important role in the freedom struggle. Their contribution could not be overlooked. It was necessary that they be given due recognition by respective governments. Agriculture Minister of Haryana H.S. Chatha accompanied the Chief Minister. Hooda and Chatha were presented mementos by the District Bar Association.



Parents of child suffering from cancer hard up
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 13
Sumit, a two and a half years old child, was admitted to the paediatric surgery ward of Christian Medical College and Hospital here with cancer (neuroblastoma) of neck and upper chest. The disease is progressing rapidly and blocking his wind pipe. The condition did not allow the child to undergo a simple investigation yesterday and he had to be put on the ventilator.

Sumit's father works as a daily-wage worker and his mother is a housewife. The family, with two other children, has no resources worth the name and can hardly afford two square meals.

According to doctors attending to the child, Sumit suffers from a potentially curable disease but his family, in no way, can afford even simple medical care. The surgical intervention and follow-up is estimated to cost around Rs 1.5 lakh.

In a bid to save the child from the life-threatening disease, the CMCH authorities have issued an appeal to the noble citizens of the region to come forward and help Sumit.

Paediatric surgery doctors will be available round the clock to receive donations for Sumit in the paediatric surgery area of Ward 2 in the CMCH. Cheques can be made payable to "The Surgically Sick Children's Fund".



Woman succumbs to burns
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 13
A woman of Basti Jodhewal succumbed to burn injuries in a local hospital after she had set herself on fire in her house last night. She was allegedly upset at illicit relationship of her husband.

The police said Raju, husband of the woman, has been booked under Section 306 of the IPC for allegedly forcing his wife Radha, mother of two children, to end her life. Police sources said Radha had been quite upset for the past few months over the alleged illicit relationship of Raju. Despite her objection, he had allegedly refused to mend ways.



Freedom fighter dead
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 13
Jagir Singh, belonging to the Gadar Party, who played a significant role in getting Independence to the country, died at Sahibana village near Kohara here last night. He was 90. He was cremated at his village with full honours here today.

Son of late Kartar Singh, Jagir Singh was suffering from cancer. He remained in Lahore Jail in 1930s and was underground also for more than four years.



Currency Notes

Banks usually contains old and mutilated currency notes instead of the new ones in their ATMs installed at different places. Further, sometimes customers also receive fake currency notes through ATMs.

Last week, when I withdrew some rupees from an ATM of State Bank of Patiala installed at Banks Office i.e. SCO 15, Sector 32-A, Chandigarh Road, Ludhiana, I received torn currency notes. A cello tape was pasted on some of them causing undue harassment for circulation in market as people hesitate to possess such currency notes.

On one hand, Reserve Bank of India has issued standing instructions not to staple the notes in order to maintain the condition of currency notes and on the another hand, banks personally are ahead in this act to staple the currency notes.

I therefore request the authorities concerned to please look into the matter and instruct the erring officials for such type of acts.

Ravi Chander Garg, Ludhiana

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Gang of burglars busted, 2 held
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 13
The Dehlon police has nabbed two members of a gang of burglars who had allegedly stolen cash and valuables from at least eight establishments of the area recently. One Maruti car, a motorcycle, a pistol and a spring knife were recovered from their possession.

Darshan Singh alias Binga of Bakra Market, Khanna, and Binder Singh of Assi Kalan, now resident of Bajrang Akhara road, Ahmedgarh, were arrested by the police were they were trying to leave the area on a motorcycle stolen earlier from a resident of Rasulpur village.

A pistol and three cartridges were recovered from the possession of Darshan Singh and a spring knife was recovered from Binder.

According to Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, SSP Ludhiana (Rural), the accused had been nabbed on the basis of a tip-off.

Preliminary investigations by Prem Singh, SHO, Dehlon, revealed that the accused were members of a notorious gang of burglars. They admitted to have committed at least eight burglaries at Pother, Latala, Khanna and local town during the past six months. Valuables and cash stolen from various establishments were yet to be recovered.



2,500 students to compete in youth fest
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 13
The youth welfare department of the Panjab University, Chandigarh, has released a calendar for the four-day Inter-Zonal Heritage and Youth Festival scheduled to commence at DAV College, Abohar, on Thursday.

S.M. Kant, director of youth welfare, PU, said competitions for music, arts and craft would be held on the opening day. Punjabi bagh and dasuti exhibitions will be the main attractions on this day.

Contests in dance and literary items (fine arts, debate, elocution, poetical recitation and creative writing) will take place on November 16. All theatre items will be staged on the penultimate day.

Folk songs, including var-gayan, kali, giddha and bhangra, are scheduled to take place on the last day.

Kant said as many as 2500 students from various colleges from 12 zones would participate in 28 items on various days.



Roller Skating
Sankalp, Saruchi win titles
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 13
Sankalp Sharma in the boy’s section while Saruchi in the girl’s section (0-6 years) bagged titles in track race II in the 10th Ludhiana District Roller Skating Championship which concluded at the Leisure Valley Rink, Sarabha Nagar, here today.

Results: Track race II (boys): 0-6 years- 1 Sankalp Sharma, 2 Gurvir Singh and Anshul Chhabra; 6-8 years- 1 Kanwar Bhavya Pal Singh, 2 Watanpreet Singh and 3 Narayan Sharma; 8-10 years- 1 Bhavjot Singh, 2 Darsbir Singh and 3 Shubhneet Singh; 10-12 years- 1 Bhavneet Singh, 2 Rajveer Singh and 3 Japsimran Singh; 12-14 years- 1 Shiva Gupra, 2 Kanwardeep Singh and 3 Preetraj Singh; 14-16 years- 1 Sukhjinder Singh, 2 Gulrej Singh and 3 Dilip Sagar; 16 years and above- 1 Varun Vaid, 2 Vicky Vadhon and 3 Jagdeep Singh.

Track race (girls): 0-6 years- 1 Saruchi, 2 Tehdil Kaur Pannu and 3 Dilvir Kaur; 6-8 years- 1 Varleen Kaur, 2 Gurmehar Kaur and 3 Niya Prabhakar; 8-10 years- 1 Mehakdeep Kaur, 2 Jasmeet Kaur and 3 Rasanmeet Kaur; 10-12 years- 1 Apaar Kaur, 2 Savleen Kaur and 3 Gurman Kaur Pannu; 12-14 years- 1 Simran Kaur, 2 Tavleen Kaur and 3 Gursharan Kaur.



Gold Cup hockey begins today
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 13
Sixteen teams from across the country will be vying for top honours in the 5th Gold Cup Junior Hockey Tournament to be organised from November 14 to 18 at Mehta Gurkul Public School, Kaddon road, Doraha.

Giving this information at a press conference here today, Anil Prabhat Mehta, president of the organising Doraha Hawks Club said besides one foreign team (Bangladesh) top outfits of the country, including last year’s losing finalists Punjab National Bank Academy, Delhi, along with SAI, NIS, Patiala, SAI Bangalore, SAI Gurgaon, SAI Sundergarh (Orissa), Mehta Gurkul Academy, Doraha, Jarkhar Academy, MP Academy, Bhopal, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Academy, Amritsar, Surjit Academy, Jalandhar, Chandigrh Academy, Air India, Delhi, and Indian XI u-18 would battle it out during this tournament to be played on league-cum-knock out basis.

Four matches will be played daily and the winners will be awarded a cash prize of Rs 21,000 while the runners up will receive a cash prize of Rs 15,000.

S.K. Sharma, IG, Punjab Police, will inaugurate the tournament today at 10 am.



Hockey meet: GNPS lads beat Sainik School
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 13
Host Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, managed to squeeze past Sainik School, Tilaiya, 2-1 to advance into the next round of the CBSE National Hockey Tournament for boys’ u-14 and u-19, being played here today.

Harjot Singh put Guru Nanak Public School ahead in the fourth minute and Robin Singh made it 2-0 immediately into the second session. Arvind reduced the margin for Sainik School in the dying minutes of the encounter.

In another match (u-19), Spring Dale Senior Secondary School, Amritsar, defeated Ganga International School, Delhi, 9-0.

In the third match, Maharaja Agarsain School, Sirsa, defeated Guru Nanak Dev School, Rampur, 10-0. The winners established a comfortable 5-0 lead at the lemon break.

The match played between Blooming Dales, Hisar, and St Anthony Senior Secondary School, Rampur, turned out to be a one-sided affair with the former romping home winners 11-0 after leading by nine goals at half time.

In the boys’ (u-14), Mata Gujri Public School, Ferozepore, proved too good for Nirmal Ashram, Rishikesh, whom they defeated 6-0. The winners were leading 3-0 at half time.



Harpal Singh is deputy director of sports
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 13
Kanwar Harpal Singh has been appointed deputy director of sports, Patiala division, sports department, Punjab., with its headquarters at Ludhiana. He took charge at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

Balraj Sharma, general secretary, Punjab Swimming Association, and office-bearers of different sports associations were also present.



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