Fish market parking project dumped
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 14
A shopping mall-cum-underground parking project that had been taken up by the municipal corporation almost two years back in the fish market area here has been shelved as of now.

The area, which remained dug up ever since, has now been filled up. The fish market owners, who were to be shifted to some outer area, too, continue to occupy the prime land. Even a foundation stone laid at the site by former local bodies minister Chaudhary Jagjit Singh has been removed.

The project that had been started during the Congress regime was aimed at bringing income to the MC by selling the showrooms there and also partly solving the parking problem in the market area on the otherwise congested old GT Road.

Clearly, since the project had been started by the Congressmen, no one, including politicians or officials, took interest in it once there was a change of power. Residents around the area are unhappy with the way things have been moving, for they had been demanding shifting of the fish market to some other area because of the continuous stench coming from there.

One of the prime sites of the MC, it had always remained encroached upon by fish sellers and owners of shops around the area.

Even when the new project was proposed, those running the fish market for the past few decades had vehemently opposed the move.

The matter had even reached the court but the case was later solved in favour of the MC.

The MC officials then reportedly handed over the project to an Amritsar-based firm. But no one from the firm is said to have reported back after doing some digging work at the site. There have also been reports of the agreement between the contractor and the MC getting snapped. None of the officials concerned has pursued the matter ever since as no one could clearly tell the status of the same.

Mayor Rakesh Rathour said he needed to check up with the officials. Commissioner Vinay Bublani said he too was not clear on the case since it began much before he joined the office. Other officials said they were not aware of the issue, for they had not seen any file moving in this regard for a long time.

Congress councillor Jagdish Raj Raja said since the area remained dug up for long, people had started throwing concrete and waste into the trench. He said since the project had now been put off, he wanted the site to be converted into a public park. “At the most, they can have a park on the basement parking. It will give some greenery to the site while sorting out the parking problem,” he said.



LPG transfer to plants through pipeline soon: Bedi

Jalandhar October 14
Revealing that the on-going work on laying a dedicated pipeline to transfer liquid petroleum gas (LPG) from Panipat to Jalandhar of the Indian Oil Corporation would be completed soon. Stating this here today, general manager of the company H.S. Bedi said that once operational the risky mode of transporting the LPG through gas tankers would be phased out.

Work on laying the pipeline from Panipat to Jalandhar was in full swing and it was expected that the same would be completed next month, Bedi told reporters, revealing that the pipeline was currently on the testing stage.

Admitting that currently adopted mode of transferring the gas to Jalandhar from Panipat was quite risky which could be evident from the recent accidents of leakage of gas from tankers. Bedi said that with the operation of the pipeline not only the safety norms would be strengthened but interruptions on roads would also not affect the gas supplies.

However, the transportation of LPG through road would be phased out, the supply through rail would be supplemented in case of need, he said, adding that in the long term it would be a cost-effective proposition also.

Meanwhile, he revealed that electronic filling was also being started in the bottling plant in Jalandhar.

Gas could not only be transferred from Panipat but LPG supply could be obtained from other plants situated at Mathua and Delhi as well because these plants were inter-connected with the Panipat plant, he said. — PTI 



Rough ride: Forum asks Euro airlines to pay up
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 14
Announcing an award of Rs 50,000 and costs of Rs 5,000 to a Phagwara-based resident, the district consumer disputes redressal forum has held Euro Fly Airlines, Delhi, responsible for causing delay and inconvenience to a complainant and his family on their return flight from Italy.

Deepak Sondhi, a resident of Hoshiarpur Road, Phagwara, had purchased the return ticket for his wife and daughter on the flight of Euro Fly Airlines for February 6, 2007, from Delhi to Verona in Italy. He had purchased a ticket of the same flight for himself from Bipasha Aviation Services, Jalandhar, to return to Delhi via the same route.

Sondhi had to board the flight on February 22, 2007, from Delhi and return along with his wife and daughter by the same flight on April 2, 2007. He said his wife and daughter took the flight as per schedule and reached Italy. The family was to return on April 2 for which they hired a taxi and reached Verona airport where an employee of the company told them that all tickets had been cancelled.

He said while some employees of the Jalandhar firm assured him that the tickets were confirmed, he contacted the staff of the airline who could not give a satisfactory reply.

Later, he was given computer printouts showing the cancellation of the tickets. He waited at the airport just hoping that the seats would be arranged for him in the next flight. He then went to the house of his brother.

The next day, after repeatred calls, an employee of the Jalandhar office told him that he should reach Verona airport to take a flight at 5.10 pm. He hired a taxi and reached boarding area of the airport at 3 pm.

At the airport, he and his wife had to walk a distance of 4 to 5 km, lifting their daughter in their arms and carrying a hand bag. A lady staffer told them they could not get the tickets. From there they again had to move further 5 to 6 km to reach the office of the airline outside the airport.

He said he also faced problems re-entering the airport as the staff resisted it. He had to borrow a phone from a man and get a recharge of 20 Euros to make calls. The trouble did not end here as he was told that the flight was delayed by five hours and would take off at 11 pm.

The harried passenger said after much persuasion he was given three refreshment coupons that fetched him only a small meal for his family. Even during the flight of 12 hours, he said they were served just one vegetarian burger, one bread and a coke each. They asked for some milk for their baby but they got some milk powder much later.

The offices of the Euro Fly Airlines, Delhi, and Bipasha Aviation, Jalandhar, did not reply to the notices and were proceeded against ex-parte.

The staff of the third respondent, Bird Travels, Delhi, replied saying that there was no privily of contract with them. Observing that the complainant and his family had to face a lot of inconvenience, the forum pronounced the judgement and asked the airline to pay 
the compensation. 



Nov 2: See the AIDS campaign on track
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 14
After chugging past over 166 stations and traversing across thousands of kilometers for the past 11 months, the Red Ribbon Express, which is in the last leg of its tour, will make a halt at Jalandhar railway station from November 2 to 4.

The preparations for the same have begun in the city with a committee formed under the civil surgeon. A couple of meetings have also been organised for the purpose by the district administration with NGOs for chalking out the local campaign.

The campaign will include on-platform and off-site communication activities for maximum outreach and impact. The special train comprises seven coaches equipped with educational material on HIV/AIDS, interactive touch screens, 3-D models, personal contact services in context with HIV-TB co-infection, an LCD projector, an auditorium for folk performances, counselling cabins, two doctors’ cabins for providing counselling, an office, testing, care and support unit, accommodation for the staff and performing artistes, dining area and pantry.

“During the halt at the station, nearly 60 performing artistes will be divided into different groups. Each group will have orators and performers who will go to villages in different directions to undertake activities such as street plays, folk songs, stories and group counselling sessions.

Locally mobilised youth groups, including Nehru Yuva Kendra, will join the teams from the train. Two exhibition buses and Sumos would be arranged to cover 72 villages in three days, said Dr H.S. Lamba of the civil hospital.

“The campaign otherwise includes a cycle caravan but we have replaced it with a Sumo caravan for we want to cover more far-flung villages which otherwise will not be possible. The participants will get tired even before they will reach the destinations,” he cited the reason.

Suggesting the main idea, Anoop Watts, president of a local NGO, said, “The campaign initiated by the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) aims at spreading awareness about HIV, promoting safe behavioural practices and fighting the stigma against AIDS more than dealing with it as a medical or public health issue”.

The train is scheduled to enter Punjab from Bathinda on October 27. It will then go to Ferozepore, then Jalandhar, Amritsar, Pathankot, Jammu, Ludhiana, Chandigarh, Ambala, Karnal and Panipat.

It will go back to Delhi on December 1, World AIDS Day, exactly a year after it started its journey.



Sculptors’ joy
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, October 14
Eminent sculptors from north India, led by renowned artist RC Sagar, will carve out sculptures for next ten days at Nawab Jassa Singh Ahluwalia Government College here.

The national-level sculpture exhibition and workshop started under the aegis of Punjab Arts Council, department of cultural affairs on Monday. DD Jalandhar deputy director Dr Daljit Singh inaugurated the event. The interactive workshop would inspire the youth to take up sculpting as a career, said DC JM Balamurugan, while addressing the gathering during the inaugural function Sculptures created by Sagar would be exhibited at Virsa Vihar from 10 am to 10 pm daily till October 22. 



Aditya, Suman earn berth to golf tourney
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 14
Aditya Gupta and Suman Puri booked their place in the Jalandhar Golf Club team for the Northern Zone regional final of the McDowell's Signature Club Golf Championship. In the intra-club tournament, the first stage of the multi-city event, held at the Jalandhar Golf Club here on Saturday, Aditya Puri who tallied 34 stableford points emerged as the winner in the 0-8 category, while Suman Puri emerged as the runners-up.

Jalandhar Golf Club were the latest entrants to the Signature club golf family as the inaugural year at Jalandhar witnessed a massive field of 106 participants to make it to the regional leg of the 7th Signature Club Golf Championship.

The duo was joined by Teja Singh and Yogesh Sapra who were the winner and runners-up, respectively, in the 9-16 handicap category. Teja scored 38 points, Yogesh aggregated 34 points.

Apart from the main prize, several exciting on-the-spot prizes were there to keep every participant enthused. Aditya Gupta won the ‘overall longest drive’ & ‘overall straightest drive’, while the ‘overall closest to pin’ was won by Teja Singh. Meanwhile, the regional final will be played at the Classic Golf Resort, Gurgaon on October 20. 



Young World
A gift for someone spl
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 14
The St Soldier Management and Technical Institute, Kapurthala, organised a seminar on the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on Saturday. As many as 200 students of MBA participated in the function. Prof Rashpal Singh from Layallpur Khalsa College addressed the students and explained the importance of the WTO and its impact on business world. He said the WTO was working for marketing policies, import and export of products, variations in prices of product, etc.

Meanwhile, students of St Soldier Divine Public School, Mandi Road, observed World Mental Day on October 13 and visited Pingla Ghar. School students Payal, Himanshu, Madhu, Jaspreet, Jyotsna, Latika, Anshika, Mansi and Manpreet gave sweets, toys and flowers to mentally challenged children.

IT fair

Students of the CT Institute of Management and Information Technology, Maqsudan, participated in the IT fair held at Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Hall where companies like HCL, APPLE, DELL and ACER exhibited their products.

Varsity toppers

Gurpreet Kaur and Yashpal Saini, students of the postgraduate diploma in commercial art bagged the first and second positions the examination conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University by scoring 90.54 and 89.81 per cent marks, respectively. Meanwhile, Amandeep Kaur, Simi Maria, Amit Kumar and Aditi Anandaur too secured merit positions.

Awareness club

Students of Apeejay School launched a “young minds awareness club” on the occasion of Daughters’ Day. They would work jointly with the club against the 
rising social evils like 
female foeticide, declining watertable, drug addiction, etc. Later, the students met mayor Rakesh Rathore.

Quality teaching

Students of the Kamla Nehru College of Education for Women, Phagwara, organised a national seminar on October 11 on the “Role of teacher educators in improving teaching quality”. Prof S.P. Malhotra, national fellow from the National University of Educational Training and Administration, Delhi, and Dr Amit Kauts, dean, faculty of education, Guru Nanak Dev University, emphasised on the need to have professional teachers who with expertise, knowledge, research and skills could help in producing quality teachers.

Annual function

Emm Aar International School, Adampur, celebrated its eighth annual day. The function started with “Bharat vandana”. Students presented an entertainment programme. ASP Dhanpreet Kaur was the chief guest on the occasion. Chief adviser of the school T. Lal Nirmaan welcomed the chief guest. Later, prizes were distributed among the students by the chief guest.

Quality education

The Lovely School of Education and All-India Association for Educational Research (AIAER) jointly organised a seminar on “Utilising research: A new way in quality education” at Lovely Professional University. The programme was organised for the academicians of Punjab to highlight the significance of research in academics and to use the study for improving quality teaching.

Nano talk

In an attempt to apprise the students of the growing trends in engineering, the research wing of the DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology organised a lecture on nanotechnology by Prof Bodh Raj Mehta, coordinator, nano science unit of the IIT, Delhi. He told the audience about the scope of the nanoscale technology and molecular manufacturing.

DIS secretary

Dr Satish K. Kapoor, former principal of Lyallpur Khalsa College, has been appointed secretary of Dayanand Institutions at Solapur, Maharashtra. This was stated by director-cum-principal of DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology C.L. Kochher in a press note here.



Walk to fight arthritis
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 14
As part of worldwide “walks” to promote and inculcate the habit of walking, a local hospital organised a special walk in view of World Arthritis Day on Sunday. Over 250 persons participated in the walk started from Satyam Hospital, Kapurthala Chowk and culminated at Apeejay School. 

Held under the aegis of the joint replacement centre of Satyam Hospital, the walk was organised for the first time in the city, said Dr Shubhang Aggarwal, chief of joint replacement centre. Children from Mayor World School, Apeejay School and MGN College and several senior citizens participated in the walk. All participants finished the 3-km-long walk in less than 45 minutes. 

A 50-metre race for those patients who have had hip or knee replacement surgery was also held. Dr Shubhang said he intended to conduct such walks on regularly as it would encourage patients with arthritis to exercise and get on with their lives and to encourage those who did not have arthritis to exercise and stay away from joint problems.



Use of LPG in cars

More and more vehicle owners these days are using LPG meant for domestic use in their vehicles as fuel. They don’t realise that this way they are harming society at laarge. On the one hand they create shortage of LGP refills for consumers and on the other they put their own life as well as that of members of the family in danger because it has never been safe to use LPG with market-fitted kits of poor quality. Also they endanger the life of other road users.

There is hardly any check on the practice on the part of the authorities concerned - be it the food and supplies department, gas companies or the police. They are allowing this bad practice to flourish. The authorities and the police should take some concrete steps to check this menace.

— P.K. Sharma, Jalandhar

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