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City flooded
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 13
The deputy commissioner’s camp office-cum-house was inundated, roads converted into streams and houses flooded as the entire city witnessed a deluge here today. 

Life came to a standstill as vehicles were stranded in waterlogged roads. Some houses with low-plinth level were flooded and residents had to manually drain out rainwater. 

DC Sumer Singh Gurjar's house was one of the worst affected as it had knee-deep water. A meeting of officials of the district administration was going on in the house when it got flooded. Their cars got stuck in the stinking water as overflowing sewage mixed with rainwater. 

There was 2 ft water outside the main office of the MC on the old GT Road. Water entered the building of the Central Bank of India at Sarabha Nagar.

Students of the Punjab College of Technical Education, Baddowal, were stranded as the parking on the campus caved in at several places. They had to wait until a tractor helped pull out cars. 

Residents had to wade through knee-deep water at several places. Although reports of waterlogging were received from almost all parts of the city, areas like Chander Nagar, Upkar Nagar, Abdullahpur Basti, Gill road, Khalsa College road, GT Road, Haibowal and Durga Puri were the worst affected as the streets were flooded. Many streets continued to be waterlogged till the filing of this report. 

Water entered several houses in Dr Amdebkar Nagar, Shivpuri, Old Shivpuri, Kila Mohalla, Daresi, Brahmpuri and Talab Bazaar. 

Some shops in Chaura Bazaar and other old markets were also inundated. Rupa Mistri Gali and Kishore Nagar residents also complained of flooding. 

The Damoria bridge was waterlogged and many vehicles were stranded in the middle of the road. 

The deluge exposed the claims of the civic body that the storm water sewerage system worth lakhs of rupees would take care of flooding.



What a deluge — 58mm rain today
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 13
The normal rainfall in the city (in August) is 180mm, but it has already witnessed 163mm of rainfall till date. 

Experts at the PAU have indicated that there will be more rain in the coming days. Dr G.S. Bains of the agro-meteorological department of the PAU, said 61.4mm of rainfall was recorded yesterday while 58mm was recorded till 2.30 pm today. 

The city was expected to get above normal rains this month, he informed, adding that the temperature (both day and night) had dropped between 3-4 degrees. 

"The normal (maximum) temperature hovers around 33 degrees in August, but it came down to 29.4 degrees today. The night temperature has decreased to 22.5 degrees,” he said. 

This rain was good for paddy, but for vegetables and maize, it could pose a threat.

Hardev Singh Sandhu, president of the central executive committee, All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha, said continuous rains were dangerous for cotton crop. “Farmers had sown cotton late due to persistent rain. The chances of attack by mealy-bug increases during monsoon. If rain continues for some more days, it may damage the crop,” he said. 

The rain will help increase the water table level which has been falling in the region at an alarming rate.


This Rakhi, shell out more for sweets
Shveta Pathak
Triibune News Service

Ludhiana, August 13
This Rakhi, be prepared to shell out nearly double the amount you spent on buyin g sweets last time. Rise in prices of the items from the milk to ghee and sugar has led to 30 per cent to 100 per cent increase in the rates of most of the sweets.

Laddoos, that were available between Rs 35 to 40 per kg, are priced between Rs 50 to 70; whereas burfi has seen around 30 per cent hike compared to last year and is now available at most of the shops for Rs 150 per kg.

Gulabjamuns and rasgullas are available in city markets for around Rs 70 per kg from roughly Rs 50 that prevailed last year whereas items like milk cake, kalakand and chhaina murgi have recorded 25 per cent to 40 per cent increase.

lebi is available for around Rs 60 per kg while kaju barfi is priced at not less than Rs 250 to 270 this time. Within the last month or so there has been an increase of around 10 to 20 per cent in prices of most of the sweets.

Owners of sweetmeat shops attribute the hike in rates to steep inflation that has caused rise in prices of most of the raw materials used in preparing sweets.

Sugar, that was available for Rs 1,600 to Rs 1,700 per quintal is now priced over Rs 2,100. The rate of gram flour has increased from Rs 30 to Rs 35 per kg to Rs 40 to 45, while a 15 kg tin of ghee has recorded an increase from Rs 700 to Rs 1,000 this year. Milk, the key ingredient, has hit the most with per kilogram rate having seen an increase from Rs 18 to Rs 22. An increase in fuel prices has added to the costs further, said sweetmeat shop owners.

“The price rise in input material has been so high that even after increasing the rates, our profit margins have declined,” said Ashwani of Hakikat Sweets here.

sidents, who are left with no choice but to pay for this increase, are making unsuccessful attempts to find cheaper options. “When I saw that prices of most sweets have increased, I thought I did go in for some confectionary items. However, there too the price rise is no less. Now, we are left with no choice other than to pay more,” said Suneeti Sharma, a resident. 



NOC to petrol station 
Residents protest, meet commissioner 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 13
Residents of New Prem Nagar are up in arms against the issuance of the no-objection certificate to a petrol station in their locality. People along with area councillor Gurpreet Singh Gogi met new commissioner G.S. Ghuman in this regard. 

They said Prem Nagar was a predominantly a residential area and a petrol station could threaten their very existence. The residents alleged that they had been voicing their concern over this issue since long. Despite this, the municipal corporation’s fire brigade issued the no-objection certificate to the petrol station. 

“The boundaries of the petrol station and houses are adjacent to each other. And if the fire breaks out it would surely lead to major tragedy,” said Gogi after meeting the commissioner. 

is won’t be allowed at any cost. “How can they play with the lives of so many people? The petrol station is coming up on a road that is not even fully commercial. I do not know how the certificate was issued,” added Gogi. 

He requested the commissioner to cancel the no-objection certificate so as to avoid any untoward incident.



Residents allege police inaction
Tribune News Service 

Mandi Gobindgarh, August 13
Residents here have demanded the immediate arrest of schoolboys who had circulated an obscene MMS of a girl student a few days ago. 

They have written to the CM and the DGP in this regard. 

The girl in the MMS is seen pleading before the accused not to take her pictures, the residents said. 

The police said a case had been registered against three boys who were said to belong to rich business families. The girl belongs to a poor family. 
Some social organisations and leaders of mazdoor unions organised a meeting in this connection and condemned police inaction. They alleged that the police was shielding the accused.

Ram Kewal Yadav, a resident, alleged that the boys’ families were forcing the girl’s family to leave the city. They were also trying to put pressure on the police to stop the investigation. 

The Fatehgarh Sahib SSP, Dr Kaustubh Sharma, said the police had identified three boys in the case and efforts were on to procure the mobile phone from which the MMS was sent. 

“We are not initiating further action as we are still waiting the girl's family to come forward with an official complaint.

If we arrest the boys now, we may not be able to prove their guilty without her statement,” he said.



Amarnath Row
BJP, VHP activists block traffic
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, August 13 
The two-hour “chakka jam” call of the Shri Amarnath Yatra Sangharsh Samiti for the restoration of land to Shri Amarnath Shrine Board in Jammu and Kashmir had a complete impact on the city roads today. Activists of the Samiti blocked the roads to ensure no vehicle moved between 9 and 11 am. 

While the police focused on maintaining peace and avoiding clash between the Samiti activists and the commuters, the activists virtually seized the city for two hours.

Long and serpentine queues of vehicles, including heavy trucks, were formed at Jalandhar by-pass, Basti Jodhewal chowk, Bharat Nagar chowk, Ferozepore road, Jagraon bridge, Samrala chowk, Sherpur chowk and other places.

Addressing a press conference at Samiti Kendra, convener of the Samiti’s local chapter Rajinder Sharma said the government should restore the land to the Amarnath Shrine Board.

Khanna: BJP and VHP activists blocked the GT Road for two hours following the call for a bandh in connection with the Amarnath row here today. Long route buses could not ply and commuters had to take alternative routes. The activists blocked traffic for nearly two hours, demanding the removal of the Amarnath Shrine Board chairman and Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra after the board gave up its claim on the forest land allotted to it.



City Concerns 

Rains usually bring joy but certainly not for the residents of Punjab’s financial capital, Ludhiana. Just an hour of downpour leaves the city deluged. And it’s not only the low-lying areas that suffer the brunt. Even posh localities get flooded, leading to all sorts of problems for the residents and daily commuters. 

The residents have protested on numerous occasions and the media have never failed to highlight the problem. But the administration has so far done little to offer any solutions. 

The administration passes the buck on the MC, which in turn says that the sewerage and the storm water discharge system has outlived its utility. They, together, also blame the residents for disposing garbage mindlessly, leading to chocking of drains and sewerage. 

Who exactly is to be blamed for this mess? Are their any solutions or has the situation reached a point of no return? Isn’t the administration trying to wash it’s hands off it’s own responsibilities by blaming the residents? Or do we really lack civic sense? 

The Ludhiana Tribune invites its readers to write their opinion on this issue. Readers can email their responses, in not more that 200 words, to ludhianaconcerns@tribunemail.com or send them to our City Office at Bhadaur House, Ludhiana. 

— City Editor



Teej celebrated
Our Correspondent

Khamano, August 13
The festival Tian Teej Dian was celebrated at Government Elementary School, Rian, under Master Jorawar Singh with the help of villagers. The function was inaugurated by Khamano Block Samiti chairman Avtar Singh Rian.

Block education officer, Khamano, Prem Thapar appealed the students to get knowledge of their culture. He expressed sorrow over the declining ratio of girls in the country in comparison with boys.

School students presented cultural programme and the participants were honoured by BPEO. District grievances committee member Iqbal Singh Rian, Sarpanch Surinderpal Singh, Paswak committee chairman Lal Singh, Mehla Mandal president Pal Kaur, members of panchayat, school staff and students were also present. 



State-level I-Day function in city
Badal to unfurl National Flag
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 13
The administration has made elaborate arrangements for the smooth conduct of the state-level Independence Day function the Government College for Boys ground, an official press note stated here today. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will unfurl the National Flag on the occasion. The final full dress rehearsal of parade, PT shows and cultural programme was conducted under the supervision of deputy commissioner Sumer Singh Gurjar today. Ishwar Singh, DIG, Ludhiana range, R.K.Jaiswal, SSP, K.P.Brar, ADC (G), S.R.Kaler, ACA, PUDA, and district heads of other departments were present on the occasion.

Later, Gurjar, in a meeting with the district officers directed all officers concerned to make full-proof arrangements in this regard. He, even, asked the municipal authorities to keep sufficient quantity of sand at the site for use in case of emergency and make arrangements to drain the water from the ground, in case of rain. He said the roads leading to the venue were being decorated.

Gurjar said the state-level Independence Day function, 32 personalities from different fields, including late Ishmeet Singh (posthumous) would be honoured with the state award by the Chief Minister. The deputy commissioner added that in the state-level function, nine contingent of the PAP from Jalandhar along with the Ludhiana police, Home Guard, NCC (boys and girls), ex- servicemen, scouts and guides would take part. He said four bands, two each from the PAP and the Ludhiana Police would follow the parade and students of 40 schools would present a mass PT show. An impressive cultural programme by the students would be the main attraction of the Independence Day celebrations.



Abandoned by admn, slum dwellers forced to live in filth 
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 13
Despite being the vote bank of local politicians, the slum dwellers living on the Pakhowal road, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Transport Nagar, Focal Point and various other parts of the city are forced to live in hell-like conditions.

Abandoned by the district administration, thousands of slum dwellers have no access to medical aid, the right of every voter. A large number of inhabitants, including children between three to five years of age have been found to be suffering from diarrhoea, viral fever and other seasonal diseases.

Downpour during the week has added to their plight as heaps of garbage emits foul smell and the soot surrounding their jhuggis has become a breeding ground for the flies, mosquitoes and other insects.

Weary of the apathetic attitude of the authorities concerned, Bir Sen, a slum dweller, said nobody from the health department had visited the area since long. “The inhabitants are drinking unclean water and the authorities have even failed to provide us with chlorine tablets. I am studying in Class VIII and have decided to become a doctor as I have seen people suffering from diseases and dieing in the absence of proper medical aid,” he added.

In what could be termed as a paradox, these slum dwellers have their names in the voters’ list but they don’t have the right to potable water, electricity connections, sewerage system and medical aid.

The civil surgeon when contacted stated that it was not mandatory for the department to organise camps in these illegal dwellings. “However, the health department is organising special camps for the inhabitants of these areas. Moreover, like every citizen the slum dwellers, too, have the right to approach civil hospital and nearby dispensaries for their treatment,” the civil surgeon added.

Abdul, owner of a roadside butcher shop near focal point, while complaining about the negligent attitude of the administration towards the slum dwellers said, “Almost every member in my family has fallen sick and the private doctor treated my son and daughter for malaria. But our area is last on the priority list of the municipal corporation and the health department when it comes to fogging or medical camp.”



Social clubs to educate slum dwellers
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 13
Constituents of a few social organisations of the town vowed to launch coordinated move to educate slum dwellers about significance of hygiene and balanced diet in maintaining good health.

Oath was taken in response to a call given by Dr K.S. Khurana, SMO, at local community health centre on the occasion of conclusion of medical camp organised jointly by health authorities and local branch of Lions Club at Ravidass Dharamsala, Jagera road, here today. The camp was organised as a part of the Independence Day celebration.

According to Dr Khurana, office bearers and members of a few social clubs, including Lions Club and Rotary Club, had vowed to associate with the health authorities in this movement to eradicate diseases from slum areas.

Referring to observations made after examining about 300 slum dwellers, Dr Khurana maintained that unhygienic conditions and lack of awareness about balanced diet were major causes of their (dwellers) poor health.

“Though majority of the families can afford food for all their members, they are not aware about the importance of various components of balanced diet. Similarly, improvement in hygienic conditions can also bring desired results,” said Dr Khurana, urging that social organisations should play active role in getting the government policies implemented.

Dr Jyoti Kapoor, Dr Karnail Singh, Dr Yusuf Randhawa and Dr Mohinder Singh examined patients for various ailments. Diagnostic tests, including ECG and X-rays, were conducted and medicines were provided free of cost. 



Easy money lure students to sell drugs 
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 13
Labourers and youths, especially students, are getting addicted to drugs. This was revealed by the two drug peddlers of Jhuner village, who were arrested for possessing 412 grams of smack worth Rs 80 lakh in the international market yesterday.

The addicts, in an attempt to meet extra expenses, later on become conduits in drug trafficking racket.

DSP Rattan Singh Brar, who was supervising the special task force (SIT), revealed that Jiwa Singh and Jagtar Singh had been supplying drugs in the area through labourers and youths, including students.

A police team had arrested the accused from near Bhandewal Bridge here yesterday. They were going to supply a consignment of drugs to their agents in the Payal area.

“Though it is premature to comment on their network, preliminary investigations have revealed that the duo used to distribute contraband through youths and students belonging to the lower-income groups. The agents were supplied small packets for Rs 400 each. They (agents), in turn, used to sell these packets for Rs 500 each,” the DSP said.

The police is trying to establish identity of the main supplier who, according to the accused, used to call them from a PCO at Malerkotla town and provided small packets near the railway station. 



Science club members honoured
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 13
Members of the Science Club of the Green Valley Public School were felicitated by the management committee of the institute for their brilliant performance at regional level science exhibition organised by the CBSE at Jalandhar recently.

According to Yash Bhushan Gupta, secretary of the school, Gurpreet Sond, Shubham Gupta, Vivek Tiwari and Shubam Tiwari were felicitated at a function organised at school yesterday. Working and still models on energy conservation and prevention of pollution were appreciated by the authorities, including director, CBSE.

Gurpreet Kaur, a science teacher, was honoured for guiding the students.



Maintain harmony, say docs for peace
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 13
The Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD), a body of medical professionals concerned with the health of society, has expressed anguish over the Jammu and Kashmir, turmoil.

It made an appeal to the public to maintain peace and communal harmony here today.

Dr L.S. Chawla, president, and Dr Arun Mitra, general secretary, said it was unfortunate that some politicians had complicated the issue and miscreants had virtually taken over the prolonged agitation.

The IDPD functionaries asked the people in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and elsewhere to maintain communal harmony and brotherhood.

They also demanded compensation for the families of those who had died or had been injured. They also asked for relief for those who had suffered loss of property.

Urging political parties to exercise restraint, they made an appeal to them not to indulge in activities that could worsen the situation.

"We also appeal to the media which can play a big role in highlighting the concerns of people and the state by giving a balanced report,” they said. 



Manchester of India? Hardly


Ludhiana is a developed city, but it would have been better if it was well developed. It has all modern facilities and advanced institutes in the fields of medicine, education, hosiery and auto parts. It is also on the international map, but it is hardly a picture of a modern city.

It is not well planned and lacks basic infrastructure. The city gets worse during monsoon.

All development that took place in the past four-five years was concentrated on developing new colonies. The problem of waterlogging was ignored. Houses and shops in the old city, in particular, get flooded each time it rains heavily.

Accumulated water is responsible for the spread of diseases in areas where sewerage does not exist or is choked. Main roads, specifically Gill road and Dholewal chowk, are prone to waterlogging, causing traffic jams.

The administration makes temporary arrangements which only result in wastage of time and money.

Residents can also help by way of planned constructions which ensure that the flow of rainwater is not hampered. Also, the use of plastic bags should be banned and measures should be taken to improve the existing outdated infrastructure rather than developing new areas.

— Vicky Dhanda


Ludhiana is called Punjab’s financial capital, but it is one of the most dirty and unhygienic cities, especially during monsoon.

Sewage starts overflowing and roads get inundated, making it difficult for motorists and pedestrians. Some roads do not even have a drainage system for rain and storm water.

Heaps of garbage along roads block sewerage and the storm water systems. Plastic bags mindlessly dumped by residents all over the city further aggravate the problem. Dustbins are also not cleared on time by the MC. Old dustbins should be condemned and new ones installed.

Residents, on their part, must cooperate with the civic authorities and dump plastic bags and other waste material at places earmarked by the MC.

Chewing of paan and smoking in public places should also be prohibited.

— S.S. Talwar


“Rain, rain not again, MC will have to work again”. I think this is what the MC staff must be praying each time they see clouds hovering over the city.

The administration and the MC has failed to provide an effective drainage system.

In order to cope with rains, we must strengthen the MC team first. Roads should be constructed with at least three layers of good quality premix. Further, underground drainage pipes, with iron cage, must be laid on either side of the road.

The city requires sub-surface drains that check groundwater problems. These drains are used to intercept sub-surface seepage before it enters the structural material supporting the pavement and are used to draw down the water table. Retaining walls, bridge abutments and sloped paving can also help.

Annual inspection and regular maintenance of roads must be undertaken by the authorities and high-pressure hydraulic cleaning done annually for some years after construction.

— Ravi Chander Garg


Certain areas like Mata Rani road opposite the MC zone-A office virtually becomes a river during rains with 4-5 ft of water.

The sole reason of waterlogging in this area is the encroachment on drains by shopkeepers of Niggar Mandi. The water would drain into an old 7-8 ft deep nullah. But now, it is chocked. The nullah was connected with 1-2 ft deep drains and was sufficient to take the load of the entire city. This fact has gone unnoticed by the MC authorities. — Sanjeev


Although we will be celebrating the 62th Independence Day this year, several municipal wards do not even have a sewerage network.

When departments and ministries do not live up to the expectations of people, these start blaming residents or start amending laws to cover their inadequacies.

Sewers are unable to take the load of the rising population and in many areas, there is no storm water discharge system.

Garbages and polythene bags are swept away with rainwater and choke drains and sewer pipes.

Cleanliness of roads and streets must be given the highest priority so that blockages do not occur. Old pipes with smaller diameter should be replaced. In all wards, the facilities of sewerage and clean drinking water must be provided. Residents should not to held responsible if the department concerned fails to fulfill their requirements.

— Jai Gopal Kusla



Dugri Urban Estate neglected

No elected representative has taken any interest in the development of Dugri Urban Estate area Phase I and II.

Lot of amount is granted to the representatives, but nothing is spent for the welfare of the people. At the time of elections, they visit door to door and beg for votes, but after that they forget them for the next five years. We are observing this for the last about ten years in case of Dugri Urban Estate.

Under MP Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS), not even a single penny has been spent for the development of this area. Will the elected representatives give attention to the issue?

Kuldip Singh Kreer, Ludhiana

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Former sarpranch booked
Tribune News Service

Khanna, August 13
Former sarpanch of Behlalpur village Amarjeet Kaur has been booked for withdrawing Rs 2.45 lakh fraudulently. She has also been directed to deposit the entire amount, which she had withdrawn in instalments of Rs 5,000 between August 13, 2007 and February 6, 2008.

She was booked on the complaint lodged by district development panchayat officer (DDPO), Ludhiana, Mahinder Singh. A case under Sections 420 and 409 of the IPC was registered against her at the Machhiwara police station. 



Midday meal mere gimmick: Parents
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 13
Extension of national programme of midday meal to upper primary stage of education in private aided schools has received poor response from parents of the beneficiaries and the staff at concerned institutes.

Terming the extension as an attempt of the UPA government to harness support for its allies during coming parliamentary elections, the parents have apprehended that diversion of attention of teachers towards preparation of meal according to norms laid down by the authorities would adversely affect the studies of the students.

Parents of students from Classes I to VIII, studying in private aided schools of local town and surrounding villages were unhappy that the authorities had engaged teachers of these schools in arranging meals for children who mostly came from well to do families.

Dharam Pal Sharma, member of the Ahmedgarh Vidya Parcharak Sabha, said, “Even after knowing that the scheme had failed to fetch desired results in state run schools, the governments has extended it to private aided schools, where the facility was not even required.”

Bimal Kumar Sharma, councillor, rued that the government, instead of providing teaching aids and other necessary facilities, had created problems for heads of the concerned schools. He suggested that the administration should instead give financial help to needy students of these schools.

Perusal of records revealed that special secretary-cum-director general school education and state project director, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Authority, Krishan Kumar had directed all deputy commissioners of the state to ensure that they get the scheme implemented in schools falling under their respective jurisdiction. Though the schools have received grants for purchase of materials, infrastructure and utensils are yet to be provided.



School conveys social message through radio
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 13
Students of Ram Lal Bhasin Public School, Phase I, Dugri, broadcast their programme on Community Radio, Guru Nanak Girls College, here today. The students got an opportunity to express their views on conservation of environment through a radio programme.

During the talk show, the little ones encouraged people to plant more trees in order to keep the environment green. The school students also formed Tarumitra Club to help students accomplish their mission.

The school received a number of calls to congratulate the students for their achievement to take the initiative to bring about constructive changes in the society. The programme got a good listenership from medical fraternity and the masses.

Community radio was chosen as a medium to convey the message of the students because it is becoming popular among the masses these days, felt majority of participating students.

The Tarumitra Club of the school presented the programme with a mission to educate people to plant more trees in order to keep the environment clean and green.

The patron of the club Balraj Bhasin appreciated the effort made by the students. 



Lecture on work ethics at GADVASU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 13
Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, in association with Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), organised an expert lecture for the outgoing interns in the Silver Jubilee Block of the university recently. The lecture was delivered by Dr Pushpinder Singh, director, social and health services, Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle.

Dr Jaswant Singh, professor, veterinary bio-medical sciences, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, was the chief guest at the function, while Dr K.S. Sandhu, director students' welfare presided over the function.

Dr Pushpinder Singh delivered a talk on ‘work ethics’ to the outgoing veterinary professionals. The principles of Guru Nanak Dev were discussed.

Dr Jaswant Singh laid stress on three principles given by Guru Nanak Dev, ‘Kirt karo, naam japo and wand chhako’.

Dr K.S. Sandhu advised the students to help the society by inculcating the values of the honest living and purity of thought.



Teachers’ Salary: People to contribute money 
Our Correspondent

Bhanohar, August 13
Residents of this village have decided to contribute money from their pockets to pay the salaries of teachers working at Bhai Isher Ji Memorial Government Senior Secondary School. This decision was taken after the angry students locked the main gate of the school in protest against the non-payment of teachers’ salaries for the past a few months.

The students alleged that their teachers had stopped teaching them. “The management committee had not paid the teachers salary for the past a few months,” a student added. The gate was opened after committee members led by sarpanch Raminder Singh assured the students that the teachers would get their salaries within a week.

According to Amarjit Kaur, principal, the school was upgraded to the senior secondary-level in 2003. Office-bearers of the PTA and PSWC had promised to generate money from their own sources for paying the teachers’ salary.

Things went smoothly till sufficient number of students took admission in Class XI and Class XII. But the committee found it difficult to manage the things after residents started sending their wards to other schools. Factionalism among the local leaders compounded the problems and the students were forced to lock the gates for their voices to be heard.

However, Raminder Singh while holding his predecessors responsible for the unsavory situation maintained that he and his associates should not be held responsible for the non-payment of teachers’ salary. 



Saraswati girls to participate in national science fair
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 13
It was a proud moment for the foursome of Saraswati Modern School, Hambran Road, Mehak Bassi, Ekta Mittal, Arpita Arora and Manjot Sagoo, all students Class X, when their school registered a place in the National CBSE Science Fair.

The team had participated in the Regional CBSE Science Fair held in PAP DAV Public School, Jalandhar, on August 8 and 9, where nearly 300 models on various themes were on display.

The team had prepared a model on ozone depletion and its subsequent dangers to the environment, under the theme of disaster management.

The model showcased various sources of ozone depletion accompanied by an exceptionally good presentation on the computer that explained the phenomenon and also the explanation of various questions related to it.

The students also barged ahead with calculated measures to control the rate of depletion.



HDFC Bank told to compensate customer
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 13
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has ordered HDFC Bank Limited to refund the extra amount charged from a credit card holder. The bank was also directed to pay Rs 1,000 as litigation expenses to the consumer.

President of the forum J.S. Chawla and its members pronounced the order while deciding the complaint filed by Onkar Singh of Ram Nagar, Ludhiana. The bank was ordered to refund the extra charged amount of Rs 4,647, along with nine per cent per annum interest.

The complainant had submitted before the forum that he had availed the credit card facility of the said bank. He paid for the petrol worth Rs 900 through his credit card. However, a banker had charged him Rs 2,940 from his account for the same.

Thereafter, he asked the bank officials to rectify the amount. As per the instructions of bank officials on October 22, 2006, he made the payment of Rs 940 as full and final settlement.

But after some time, he came to know that the bank officials had deducted Rs 4,647 from his savings account maintained in the same bank on account of the alleged pending dues, penalties and interest. The complainant had submitted that he was unnecessarily harassed.

On the issuance of notice by the forum, a bank official appeared. But neither any written statement was filed nor any official appeared thereafter. Then the banker was proceeded ex-partee.



Dentists play important role in preventing HIV: Expert
TribuneNews Service

Ludhiana, August 13
Christian Dental College, Ludhiana, in collaboration with Punjab State Aids Control Society, Chandigarh, organised a workshop on the theme of awareness on prevention of HIV infection.

Dr Madan Lal spoke on HIV infection and AIDS followed by detailed lecture on preventive measures including the use of male and female contraceptives, dental dams and plastic wraps as well as the facility of HIV antibody tests.

Dr Vandana spoke about care and support required for HIV-infected individuals. She stressed on the importance of human rights to overcome the stigma, discrimination and of rights-based approach to help the HIV infected and AIDS victims.

Emphasising on the myths in AIDS, Dr Aroma spoke on importance of counseling in HIV positives. Dr Gurkirpal Singh, a former professor of virology, stated that prevention of HIV infection is the only cure.

He further stated that the modern dental practice was not restricted to teeth only as dental surgeons played an important role in detecting infection, preventing its spread within the population and thereby improving the standard of public health.

A full-fledged clinic exclusively for the HIV positives in the dental college for studying dental and oral manifestations of HIV infection with threatening opportunistic infections was in the favour of public health, the doctor added.

College principal Dr Abi M.Thomas and vice principal Dr Koshy were also present.



TT: Green Land beat BVM
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 13
Hosts Green Land Senior Secondary School and Alpine International School, along with those from KVM, GPS School, Mandi Gobindgarh, DAV Public School, BRS Nagar paddlers came out triumphant in their respective semi-final encounters to secure berths in title clashes matches on the second day of the Ludhiana Sahodaya School Complex Table Tennis Tournament being organised at the Green Land Senior Secondary School, near Jalandhar bypass here today.

Around 250 participants from CBSE affiliated schools are participating in the tournament.

In the boys’ U-19 years section, Green Land School outplayed BCM School, Shastri Nagar, 3-0 while KVM School beat Alpine International School 3-0 to reach the final.

In the boys’ semi-finals (U-17), GPS School, Mandi Gobindgarh, blanked KVM School by 3-0 and DAV School, BRS Nagar, prevailed over Alpine International School (3-2) to enter the final.

In the boys’ U-14 years section, Alpine International School and DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, overpowered GPS School, Mandi Gobindgarh, and Green Land School, 3-0 and 3-1, respectively, to set up the title clash.

Similarly, in the girls’ semi-finals (U-19), Alpine International School got the better of BVM School, Kitchlu Nagar, by 3-2 while Green Land School outclassed Tagore International School, Sahnewal, by 3-1 to settle for the final.

In the girls’ U-17 years category, Green Land School proved too good for BCM School, Shastri Nagar whom they drubbed 3-0 while Alpine International School scored an identical win 3-0 over BCM School, Dugri to advance into the final.

DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, outnumbered BCM School, Shastri Nagar, by 3-0 and Alpine International School beat Ryan International School (3-1) to make it to the final.



Angad academy win in hockey
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 13
Guru Angad Dev Academy of Khadoor Sahib quelled a strong challenge from hosts Mata Sahib Kaur Academy, Jarkhar, on the third day of the annual Rakshak Punjab Schools Inter-Academy Hockey League (under-14) being organised by the Punjab School Education Board in asociation with the Mata Sahib Kaur Sports Club at village Jarkhar near here today.

In the second match, Baba Bakala Academy, Amritsar, faced stiff challenge from Cheema Academy of Batala befere squeezing past 2-1.

Third match played between Malwa Academy, Ludhiana, and Cheema Academy of Batala could not be completed due to rain.



Chess: Manisha to represent AS College
Tribune News Service

Khanna, August 13
Manisha, a student of BCA II won the Inter-class Chess Competition held at AS College for Women, Khanna, wherein eleven students participated. Jaspreet, a student of MA (Hindi), stood second and Harpreet, a student of BA III, bagged third position.

The competition was held to select probables for inter-college competitions to be held in coming few days. The winner of the competition would represent the college in the upcoming competition.



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