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MC discharging sewage into forestland
Councillor to raise issue at general house meeting today
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 27
After polluting Budda Nullah by throwing city sewage into the drain, the municipal corporation is now emptying sewage of a few localities in the forest area on the G.T. Road thereby threatening a large number of trees.

Numerous trees have already dried up in the recent past due to water logging as sewage of Gurnam Nagar, Friends Colony and Manoj Nagar is being thrown into the forestland alongside the GT road.

Besides the residents of Gurnam Nagar, New Gurnam Nagar and New Aman Nagar are living under the shadow of diseases due to stagnant water in their vicinity.

While numerous trees have dried due to the lackadaisical approach of the municipal authorities, the forest department continues to sleep over the problem.

Residents say that the forest department fines them heavily if they cut a tree but they were not initiating any action against the erring corporation and a private establishment that was discharging its sewage directly into the forest area.

Area councillor Kamaljit Lal said these colonies with a population of nearly 50,000 did not have a sewerage system. The corporation had developed small drains, which were not connected to any major drain. The water was hence getting logged into forestland.

‘‘After I took oath, I started requesting the municipal authorities to find a solution about this problem. But nobody has heeded to my complaints. I have written a number of letters to the mayor but to no avail. I wonder why the representatives have become so insensitive,’’ asked Lal.

Residents said a private company laid the sewer line as there was no way to discharge wastewater in the area. After some time the line developed a snag. The corporation employees came and discharged the water into the area by breaking the pipeline connected with a manhole.

‘‘Since then the water is getting collected in this stretch of forestland. We have seen poplar and other trees dying. But nobody has cared to do anything,’’ said a resident said.

Lal said he would take up the matter in tomorrow’s general house meeting once again and see if he would be able to do something about the problem.



Ahmedabad blasts: Police steps up vigil
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 27
Various teams of the city police today conducted house -to-house search especially in the migrant and Muslim-dominated areas as vigil was stepped up following the serial blasts in Bangalore and Ahmedabad.

While the police had already increased vigil at crowded places like markets, malls, cinema halls, railway stations, bus stand after the Bangalore blasts, intensified search was carried out in special pockets and areas like the old city, Tibba road, Rahon road, Dabba road, Focal Point and numerous other colonies.

Special surveillance teams mainly focused their search on abandoned bicycles. This mode of transport considered harmless so far has suddenly become the most dangerous ones with bicycles being used in Bangalore and Lucknow blasts as well.

Normally, cops check two wheelers, scooters at specially erected checkpoints during such alerts but today all modes of transport, even bicycles and auto rickshaws were not spared.

SSP R.K.Jaiswal told The Tribune that the purpose of the search was to find if some anti-social elements were living in the city in the garb of migrants.

Cops enquired about antecedents of those who could not immediately prove their credentials. Sources said a number of persons were detained for few hours but later let off when someone testified in their favour.

Police officials have also appealed to the residents to maintain vigil around them. “Residents are requested to report to the police about abandoned suitcases, vehicles or suspects they come across. House owners have also been directed to keep themselves well informed about their tenants as well as servants,” they added.

Meanwhile, activists of the All-India Shiv Sena have condemned the serial bomb blast at Bangalore and Ahemdabad in which many innocent people lost their lives.

Baljit Singh Jassian,vice-president, Shiv Sena, Punjab, has requested the residents to maintain peace and communal harmony.


Power cuts: Even tigers feel the heat
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, July 27
Not only Ludhianvis but wild cats at tiger safari near Amaltas are also suffering due the acute power crises.

Caretakers at tiger safari are having tough time looking after seven tigers in this extremely hot and humid weather.

With limited resources and not a single generator available to tackle the power crises, the job is becoming difficult for the caretakers with each passing day.

Besides seven tigers two bears, two ostrich, deers and various breads of birds have been kept in the safari for attracting visitors.

The tigers are let loose to venture in the safari in shifts. According to caretakers, the condition of tigers is getting deplorable, as they remain confined to a humid room with no electricity, until their turn comes to venture out.

Though, the authorities have installed air coolers but these are either increasing humidity in the dense rooms or lying non-functional due to frequent power cuts. Tigress “Chorni” conceived four tiger cubs on April 4, which were shifted to Chatbir Zoo on April 28, due to inadequate infrastructure at city’s lone tiger Safari.

According to caretakers, Rs 1.50 lakh was given for safari’s upkeep out of which Rs 60,000 is spent only on the meat given to the tigers.

Frequent power cuts have, now, forced the authorities to increase the use of ice slabs for protecting the bears from heat and humidity. An employee has also been deployed to sprinkle water on tigers after a stipulated period, but that does not seem to be the solution.

An employee of the safari said, “What else can we do with limited resources. We are trying our best to cope up with the situation.”

While, in charge of the Chatbir Zoo, Dharminder Sharma, does not seem to be optimistic about the situation.

“We can not do much at the large scale as the humans are also grappling from the power crises so the animals have to bear the burnt of humid conditions. As far as resources are concerned we are doing our best.”

For the visitor it is turning out to be a sordid affair, who throng at the tiger safari on weekend to watch their favourite animals.



Only 4 docs for 50,000 people
Residents demand civil hospital
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 27
Residents of the town and surrounding villages, falling under Sangrur and Ludhiana districts, have urged Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and health minister Lakshmi Kanta Chawla to upgrade the existing community health centre to a civil hospital.

Accusing the previous governments of ignoring genuine demands of the residents, office- bearers of a few social organisations alleged that facilities available at the community health centre were not enough for providing quality medical care to at least 50,000 people.

“Though ideally a subdivision-level civil hospital should have been constructed and at least 20 doctors and equal number of para medial staff appointed, the authorities constructed a village-level community health centre with sanctioned strength of four doctors only,” reads a communiqué addressed to both.

Jagjit Singh Jajjie, president, Kalgidhar Federation, regretted that despite repeated requests the authorities had failed to complete the construction work of the building that was inaugurated 10 years ago.

With an average enrolment of over 200 per day, doctors have to refer serious patients to Malerkotla, Sangrur and Patiala hospitals. At times doctors have to work round-the- clock to handle emergency cases.

Though an ambulance was provided a few years ago there is no permanent driver. However, the Punjab Health System Corporation and the health directorate appointed two drivers on contract basis. When any of them is on leave other is supposed to work round- the-clock.

New mother and child health wing, the foundation stone of which was laid by then parliamentary secretary Razia Sultana is yet to be inaugurated.



Serving humanity naturally
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 27
Dr Amresh Kapil, recipient of the Ratna Award and gold medalist in naturopathy, started practising naturopathy in 1985 soon after his wife was diagnosed with blood cancer.

This Ludhiana-based doctor was accredited for curing over 2,000 patients in a span of 12 years.

DGP Punjab honoured him twice at PPA, Phillaur, for successfully healing the simple ailments as well as chronic diseases of cops. He was given an appreciation letter followed by a citation for his selfless service at the academy since 2007.

The doctor spends two hours daily at the academy, treating cases of asthma, migraine, diabetes, hypertension, cervical and spinal problems.

Dr Amresh, while interacting with the media today, said after resigning from the (Food Corporation of India), he studied naturopathy and started his wife's treatment on his own. "Contrary to the verdict of doctors, who declared my wife a non-curable case (last stage of cancer), she lived a healthy life for eight years through naturopathy. "Pranayam, magnetic therapy, acupressure and radiation through meditation are the simple methods that I adopt to cure my patients," the naturopath added.

A patient, Dev Raj, who was unable to recover from his pelvic fracture, improved incredibly regaining his leg and foot movement after getting treatment from Dr Amresh.

Another patient said: "Self-medication led to numbness in my fingers which prolonged for months despite the best treatment from doctors. Thereafter, I went to Dr Amresh, who cured me within a week."

The naturopath has also treated some senior officials, including former Gurdaspur SSP Narinder Bhargava and Ashok Sharma from the DRI.

While talking about challenging cases, Dr Amresh says: "Jaswinder Singh at PPA, Phillaur, was suffering from a chronic disease and had developed knots in his legs, hands, feet and arms following an overdose of certain medicine. Despite having spent Rs 24 lakh on his treatment since 1997, the patient was in bad shape.

There is 70 per cent improvement in his condition after I started his treatment in September 2007. It motivates me to reach out to more and more people."



Creativity, talent set stage ablaze
Shivani Bhakoo

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 27
The budding designers of International Institute of Fashion Technology (IIFT) here displayed their creative and designer outfits during the annual fashion show at lawns of Sutlej club here last evening. The evening of talent and creativity began with students’ collection on the ramp. The audience witnessed a sizzling fashion show, which was modelled by some big names in the industry, including Rashmi Chaudhry, Meret (Fashion TV model) and Sandeep Bansal (Mr India ’07).

Models display creations of budding fashion designers at the IIFT in Ludhiana on Sunday.

Models display creations of budding fashion designers at the IIFT in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune photos: Sayeed Ahmed

The themes in the show were print ‘o’ magic, romance, Hawaiian, Indian tadka, cocktail, Arabian nights, tribal, exotic nature, popcorn etc.

The clothes were made of fabrics like georgette, nets, chiffon and knits. Embroideries and embellishments had made the silhouettes ornate, maintaining a rich feel.

The crowd at the club was cheered by singers Malika and Jyoti and a scintillating performance was given by Dare Dazzle dance troupe from Mumbai. The show was covered by radio station ‘Big 92.7 FM’ and was judged by leading people in garment industry. Evaluation was based on creativity, designs, fit and cuts and overall look.

At the end of the show, Sumit Chalia, director, IIFT, said the institute would continue to promote professionalism in the field of fashion and excel in achieving its aim and objectives.



Diagnostic cardiology summit at heart institute
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 27
Hero DMCH Heart Institute, a unit of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, today organised its first diagnostic cardiology summit at Maharaja Farms.

President of the DMCH Managing Society Sunil Kant Munja inaugurated the summit.

The summit began with a lecture on “Nuclear medicine imaging-current clinical utility and future trends” by Dr Ravi Kashyap, head of nuclear medicine, INAMS, New Delhi. He emphasised upon the use of nuclear medicine in management of various diseases.

Dr Rajesh Vijayvargia, associate professor of cardiology, PGIMER, Chandigarh, delivered a lecture on “Clinical relevance of some lab tests in present-day practice” followed by a lecture on “Evaluation Protocol in valvular heart disease” by Dr Balram Bhargava, professor of cardiology, AIIMS, New Delhi. The doctor emphasised on newer lab tests that help in better management of critical patients.

In his lecture on “Diagnostic pathway for evaluation of peripheral vascular disease”, Dr Sanjeev Sharma said many new modes of investigation were available now and nuclear medicine was one of them.

The evening session of the summit will have lectures on “Practical illustrations and lessons in ECG” by Dr Vijay Trehan, professor of cardiology, GB Pant Hospital, Delhi, and on ‘Investigative protocol for evaluation of syncope” by Dr S.S. Kothari. There would be a special lecture on “New Frontiers in Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery” by renowned cardiac surgeon from Apollo Hospital and chairman, Mediciti Hospital, Gurgaon, Dr Naresh Trehan.



Charitable homeopathic dispensary inaugurated
Mahesh Sharma

Sant Rameshwar Giri Kheri Wale inaugurates a homeopathic dispensary at Shree Ram Sharnam Mandir in Ahmedgarh on Sunday.
Sant Rameshwar Giri Kheri Wale inaugurates a homeopathic dispensary at Shree Ram Sharnam Mandir in Ahmedgarh on Sunday. Photo: Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 27
Claiming that free medical treatment was the noblest service for lower strata of society, Sant Rameshwar Giri Kheri Wale called upon office-bearers of various social and religious organisations to open more homeopathic and ayurvedic dispensaries and clinics in their respective areas.

Sant Giri was addressing a gathering of devotees after inaugurating a charitable homeopathic dispensary at Shree Ram Sharnam Mandir here today.

He further said homeopathic and ayurvedic dispensaries did not need huge funds for maintenance.

Dr Navtej Singh Grewal and Dr Sanjiv Bhakko examined and gave medicines to patients.

Ravinder Puri, Bimal Kumar Sharma and Bhag Singh Bhagga (councillors) assured cooperation to the organisers.



Designer bridal wear on display
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 27
Bride and Groom exhibition that began at hotel Maharaja Regency, Ludhiana, today will continue till July 29. It has been organised by the ITE Group India.

This exhibition has been organised in Ludhiana, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Bangkok, Malaysia and London during the past eight years. At least 50 designers will showcase their latest collections during this exhibition. While making this collection the designers have kept in mind the tastes and likings of the people of Punjab.

Kiron Sharma, director, ITE Group India, said designers and jewellers hope that their creations would get good response and cater to needs of rich and middle class families. Contemporary and traditional styles of jewellery, designer outfits, bags and foot wears, lustrous silverware, furnishings, and other lifestyle products from all over India would be put on display during this exhibition.



200 examined at eye camp
Tribune News Service

An eye check-up camp being organised by Bharat Vikas Parishad in Khanna on Sunday. Khanna, July 27
A free eye check-up camp was organised by the Bharat Vikas Parishad at Khanna civil hospital wherein more than 200 patients were examined. As many as 30 patients were recommended to undergo surgery and were given next week’s appointment.

An eye check-up camp being organised by Bharat Vikas Parishad in Khanna on Sunday. A Tribune photograph



Goyal is Rotary Club chief
Tribune News Service

Khanna, July 27
Members of the Rotary Club, Khanna, elected Anil Goyal as president of the club during a function wherein Ropar MP Sukhdev Singh Libra was the chief guest.

The newly elected president promised to initiate various social works during his tenure.

Members of the Rotary Club with Ropar MP Sukhdev Singh Libra and newly elected president Anil Goyal.
Members of the Rotary Club with Ropar MP Sukhdev Singh Libra and newly elected president Anil Goyal.



Inefficient administration

Residents of the city are crying for basic amenities to which they have a fundamental right, but the municipal corporation as well as the state government have failed to provide not only these, but also a neat and clean atmosphere to the residents.

Most of the roads are in a deplorable condition. In some areas, they have not been recarpeted for years. Patchwork being done at some places has not been levelled by road rollers.

Water, a basic necessity to survive, is contaminated in most areas with water pipes running along sewerage lines. Some localities are afflicted with water scarcity. Power shortage is rampant.

It is time for the authorities concerned to wake up from their slumber.

Ravi Chander Garg, Ludhiana

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Students showcase talent at Abacus fest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 27
Kids at "Abacus fest" of Punjab impressed every one with their skills here today. More than 500 students drawn from 1000 students of Brainobrain’s Abacus belonging to the Punjab and Chandigarh region participated in the competition at Arya College.

Rajinder Bhandari, president, Punjab BJP was the chief guest on the occasion. He gave away the prizes to the winners of the competition. Brainobrain’s director (technical), Arul Subramaniam and director (quality) Ashok Subramaniam, presided over the function.

ing to the age group of 9-15, a few children demonstrated their mathematical equation solving skills, involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division by the abacus within seconds.

“Brainobrain is tutoring personality development and a new tool for human excellence NLP (Neuro linguistic programming) which enhances kids skills. This program improves on memory, concentration, speed, accuracy and learning abilities of students. “This program has added a new dimension to the lives of many students,” said Nidhi Gupta, regional director.



Vocational subjects more scoring
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, July 27
The students who have studied subjects other than the vocational ones in their senior secondary classes have serious objection against the ones who have studied vocational subjects and secured high marks, thus, diminishing their chances of admission. Non-vocational subjects are less securing due to their theoretical nature.

Such students say the vocational students, once they are out of the school, should opt for a vocational course as most of them, on the basis of their high percentage, opt for courses such as BBA, BCA and B.com and grab the seats of the more deserving ones.

A student, who has studied non-vocational subjects, says, “The vocational subjects such as horticulture, home science, knitting technology and textile designing are more securing.”

Apart from English and Punjabi, a student has to opt three vocational subjects of 100 marks each comprising 30-marks theory, 50-marks practical and 20-marks on-the-job training.

A student has to secure just 10 marks to clear the theory paper. In the practical exam, most of the students generally secure high marks.

Principal Narinder Singh Sidhu says, “In some of the government schools, it has been observed that the teachers, in order to raise the pass percentage of the school, coax the students to read vocational subjects. When such students join courses like BBA and BCA, they lag behind as they have no clarity about the concepts and they are not habitual in putting in required labour at the lower level.”

Jaswant Singh Gill, director of an institute, opines that the college should have the right to deny admission to the students with entirely vocational background as the seats in quality courses are limited. Students with more substantial understanding of the subjects should be preferred over them.

A government school teacher says, “Students opt for vocational courses as the availability of jobs is minimising and self-employment is being encouraged. We ask the students to opt for vocational courses and the students too show their interest for such courses as they can provide them technical knowledge and make their future safe.”



Students display their exhibits
Our Correspondent

Doraha, July 27
In order to enhance their learning skills, the students of Green Grove Public School, Mohanpur, had put up an exhibition-cum-competition of their vacation assignments today.

e exhibition was inaugurated by school president J.P.S. Jolly. The students arrayed their exhibits and displayed their creativity. The exhibition mainly focused upon art & craft, social science, E.V.S and maths.

science exhibits included charts of fruits, vegetables & wild animals along with skeleton system, photosynthesis, simple pendulum, respiratory system, digestive system, electric bell, electric Ursa Major and kaleidoscope.

Water cycle, types of vegetation, volcanoes, rural & urban livelihood formed a part of the social studies exhibition. The junior section students displayed assignments, scrapbooks, clay toys & garlands, ice cream sticks, wall hangings made out of waste material.

The models under maths section were parallelogram, plain figures solid figures, triangle showing medians, altitude, different types of angles, parallel lines and presentation of rational numbers.

The art & craft section was decorated with fabric painting, napkin painting, paper rolling, masks & ludo games.

Member of school trust Prahlad Singh and Jolly viewed that the exhibition not only infused a scientific and creative spirit among the students, but also played a key role in tapping hidden talents of the students. The parents and the guests too appreciated the working models and other scientific facts displayed with the help of charts.



Grants for private aided schools cleared
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 27
Claiming that pending grants for private aided schools of 17 districts had been cleared, deputy director (private schools) Darshan Singh Dhaliwal urged management committees of the schools concerned to improve their internal book-keeping in order to avoid disappointment in future.

Dhaliwal was interacting with office-bearers of the management committee of private aided schools after he was felicitated during a function organised at GHG Khalsa Senior Secondary School here today.

Admitting undue delay in the payment of salaries of about 10,000 employees of private schools, Dhaliwal maintained that inconvenience was caused due to non-reconciliation of salary statements submitted by the heads of schools with bank accounts of their respective institutes.

"Though we have tried to solve the problem by releasing grants conditionally, the managing committees of these schools should cooperate by ensuring proper book-keeping of the institutes," said Dhaliwal.

Balbir Singh, principal, Shanti Tara College, Harbhajan Singh, manager, HGH Khalsa School, Gurmel Singh Gill, president, Guru Nanak Kanya Maha Vidyalaya Senior Secondary School, Kedar Kapila, manager, MGMN Senior Secondary School, and Krishan Kumar Goyal, manager, Jain Muni Shri Kundan Kanya Mahavidyalaya, presented mementoes to Dhaliwal. 



From Schools
Sacred Heart holds orientation programme for staff
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 27
A three-day orientation programme for the staff members on the theme of ‘Make me a channel of peace’ was organised at Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, here today.

Various methods were suggested to the teachers to cope up with their hectic schedule.

The resource person, Rose Celine, education coordinator, Bethany Education Society, exhorted the participants to shed hostility and anger and regain peace within.

@Teej celebrations : The pre-primary wing of Guru Nanak International Public School organised Teej celebrations on the school premises yesterday.

The whole wing was decorated with balloons, flowers and phulkaris. The students and staff members came attired in traditional Punjabi outfits. Stalls of mehndi and bangles were put up. Children presented a number of items, including bhangra and gidda. Teachers made the programme lively and enjoyable by performing to the tunes of popular Punjabi numbers.

@Rangoli contest: A rangoli contest for middle, secondary and senior secondary sections was organised at GRD Academy here today. Students from different classes participated.

Manila, Chetan and Gautam stood first in their respective categories. Class-wise birthday celebrations were also held. In the later half of the day, a computer carnival was also organised. Students made power-point presentations on topics like child labour, smoking, power shortage etc. Principal Aneeta Kundra appreciated the work done by the computer department.



GMT holds reading competition
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 27
A paper-reading contest was conducted at GMT Public School for the students of Classes IX and X here today.

More than 100 students participated in the contest. The topics included illiteracy, road rage, and liberation of women. The students were given tips on how to be a fluent orator. According to principal Amarjeet Dhaliwal, this competition was organised to encourage the students and to shun the phobia of English language.

Ashita, Shruti, Jasleen, Parwinder and Sarah of Class IX, and Avani, Bhawna, Anjali and Parminder Singh of Class X won the competition. Kashmir Singh Thind, director, and Dhaliwal appreciated the participants and congratulated the winners.



Manakwal club knock out Bandhu XI
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, July 27
A fine batting by Talwinder Singh, Harpal and a useful contribution with the ball by Ramandeep Singh and Bawa, hosts Manakwal Cricket Club registered an easy 8-wicket win over Bandhu XI in a Twenty20 Cricket League being organised at Manakwal village, about 20 km from here, today.

Batting first, Bandhu XI were bowled out for 121 runs with four balls to spare. Their innings revolved around Kamal and Prince. Kamal faced 25 deliveries and made 35 runs while Prince scored 31 off 25 balls.

For Manakwal Club, Ramandeep and Bawa shared the spoils, capturing three wickets each. Ramandeep conceded 20 runs while Bawa gave away 25 runs and restricted their opponents to a modest total.

Hosts surpassed the total in just 12 overs after losing two wickets. Talwinder made a quick-fire of 35 runs in 25 balls while Harpal hammered 30 off just 17 balls and Walia scored 24 runs in 12 balls to steer their team to a comfortable win.



Swimming trials tomorrow
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, July 27
The city District Swimming Association (LDSA) will organise trials to pick up the swimming and water polo teams (junior boys and girls) here at the Municipal Corporation Swimming Pool, Rakh Bagh on July 29 at 3 pm, according to Apinder Singh Grewal, president of the association.

Swimmers born in the years 1991, 1992 and 1993 are eligible for 15-17 groups and those born in 1994 and 1995 can take part in the 13-14 group.

Selected swimmers will represent city in the 33rd edition of the Junior Punjab State Swimming and Water polo Championship for boys and girls in all the national events to be organised at the War Heroes swimming pool, Sangrur from August 1 to 3, Grewal added.



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