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Electroplaters to blame too
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 2
After the installation of the reverse osmosis (RO) system at the common effluent treatment plant (CETP), the claims of the electroplating units of achieving zero discharge seems to go down the drain as the investigations by The Tribune revealed that there are many loopholes in their claims.

The working of the CETP, too, has come under the scanner as some of the machinery is in a dilapidated state as seen during a visit to CETP today, raising a question mark on the working of the unit.

While the CETP can treat only 1-lakh litre of discharge per day, the investigations revealed that the daily output of the electroplating units was around 12 lakh litres.

On a visit to the plant, the new machinery may catch ones attention, but if one goes through the old machinery, its neglected state can be easily noticed. The acidic water tank where the water from the electroplating units is collected has four metres and none of them is functional. Besides, the pump house, too, is non-functional and disjoined pipes and power cables substantiate it.

Talking to The Tribune, Rajinder Singh, who is running the effluent treatment plant, revealed that the water received from the electroplating units is highly acidic with pH varying from 1.2 to 1.8. He added that they were charging 55 paise per litre from each unit.

However, when the labour engaged at the treatment plant was asked about the working of the machinery, they said, “Sometimes you can see the motors functioning but most of the time they are non-functional.” They added that generally five to 10 vehicles carrying water come on an average day at the CETP.

Notably, till now, the electroplating units had been playing a blame game with the dyeing units, accusing that only dyers had been polluting the Buddha Nullah and they have stopped discharging effluents into the stream. The findings prove that blaming dyers only for pollution in the Buddha Nullah is not correct as electroplaters, too, have failed to abide by the PPCB directions.

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Unpaid Power Bills
Govt comes to rescue of defaulter depts
Pays Rs 66 crore to state electricity board
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 2
Finally, the state government has cleared the arrears of energy bills that various departments, including the Punjab Police, failed to deposit with the PSEB.

The government decision to pay up the outstanding amount to the PSEB has saved the defaulter departments of embarrassment as the PSEB, following the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, had ordered snapping power connections if these departments failed to clear the arrears before March 31, 2009.

Confirming this, Member (distribution), PSEB, K.D. Choudhry said the state government had made direct transfer of funds to the PSEB to liquidate the arrears of energy bills due against different departments till October 2008.

According to information provided by the PSEB to the High Court in the course of hearing of a civil writ petition, various state government departments owed over Rs 66 crore to the PSEB till October 2008.

A double-judge Bench of the High Court had issued instructions to the PSEB on December 16, 2008, for disconnecting power supply to all the defaulting government departments if they failed to clear their arrears by March 31.

The PSEB, in its counter affidavit, had informed the High Court that the cumulative arrears of energy bills against government departments stood at Rs 5,922.28 lakh on May 30, 2008, which went up to Rs 6,303.86 lakh on July 31, 2008, and further to Rs 66.17 crore on October 30, 2008.

Taking note of the High Court directions, the Chief Engineer (Commercial), PSEB, had issued office orders to all five operational zones at Ludhiana, Patiala, Jalandhar, Amritsar and Bathinda on February 2, 2009, to take up the matter vigorously with the defaulting departments for recovery of arrears and further to disconnect the power supply to all such departments that fail to clear their pending bills by March 31, 2009.

Even though the PSEB officials were fully aware that the disconnection of power supply to police stations, government hospital and dispensaries, district courts, local bodies and panchayats maintaining water supply to small towns and villages will have serious repercussions, yet in the wake of HC orders, they had made all preparations to snap power to all defaulting departments, lest they should be hauled up for contempt of court.

"The state government has done well to realise the gravity of the situation and all arrears of power bills have been cleared in one stroke through direct transfer of funds to the PSEB. Timely action has saved the departments concerned from embarrassment, particularly at the election time, and bad blood against the PSEB had the mass disconnection of power been carried out," remarked a senior official of the central zone.

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Clean Chit To Tytler, Sajjan
SSF anger spills on tracks
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 2
Perturbed over the clean chit by the CBI to Congress leaders Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar and move for cancellation of FIR against them in connection with the anti-Sikh riots of 1984, activists of the Sikh Students Federation (SSF) today resorted to "rail roko" at railway station here.

The SSF functionaries, led by their president Gurcharan Singh Grewal, staged a protest in front of the Jammu-Mumbai superfast at platform number one for some time and flayed the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre for rubbing salt on the wounds of the Sikh community. Railway officials, however, claimed that the train services were not affected by the protest.

Grewal said the CBI action was a black spot on the democratic setup of the country and members of the Sikh community would fight a decisive battle to seek justice. "The Congress has been doing gross injustice to the Sikhs after the Independence and even today the Sikh community as well as Punjab are being discriminated against."

He said giving the clean chit to the Congress leaders, known to be the main accused in the 1984 riots, before the election and their nomination to contest the Lok Sabha elections on Congress tickets had gone on to prove that Sikhs were treated as number two citizens in India even now. Grewal gave a call to the people of Punjab to wage a battle for their rights and expose the anti-Sikh face of the Congress before the entire world.

Prominent among others present on the occasion were Bhupinder Singh Nagoke, Manpreet Singh Bunty, Paramjit Singh Dharam Singhwala, Joginder Singh Begoana, Gurmukh Singh, Kuljit Singh Dhanjal, Ranjit Singh Neeta, Amritpal Singh, Malkiat Singh Taank, Manmohan Singh Khalsa, Parambir Singh Bawa, Gurpreet Singh, Bikramjit Singh, Arvinder Singh Rinku, Ravinderpal Singh, Raju Chawla, Sukhpalwir Singh and Kanwaldeep Singh.

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Politicians accused of neglecting disabled
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 2
Accusing the political parties of ignoring the issues of the disabled, city-based non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working for the disabled have joined hands with other NGOs of the country to take out protest rallies against those contesting the Lok Sabha polls.

The NGOs, including the Vocational Rehabilitation Training Centre (VRTC), School for Deaf and Dumb, Aashirwaad and the Voice of Handicapped Association, will raise their voice against non-inclusion of issues concerning the disabled in election manifestoes of the political parties.

None of the political parties have said a single word about redressing the problems of people with disabilities, which points towards their apathetic attitude towards this section of the society.

Expressing his distress over the indifferent attitude of the politicians towards the people with disability, Baljit, member of the Voice of Handicapped Association, said, “It is rather shocking that these politicians are not even wooing us as voters. They must realise that each vote is precious and makes a difference in the total count and we as voters are progressive citizens of India who take pride in casting their votes.”

The heads of city-based NGOs stated that there is a gross violation of 3 per cent reservation policy in government departments as the handicapped are not given due quota. Non-utilisation of funds for the cause, missing ramps in public places and offices, violation of inclusive education programme in the CBSE schools are amongst other issues of the people with disabilities that are not addressed.

Rued Suvarsha Kalra , director of School for Deaf and Dumb, “Since its inception in 1971 , even 50 per cent of students, despite clearing the exams with normal students, have failed to get jobs. We are doing our best in the school but outside world is far from being compassionate.”

In 2007, Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu had announced a grant of Rs 10 lakh for the disabled and said local MP Sharanjit Singh Dhillon would give the amount. “But when we approached the local MP, he refused to give the same adding that he didn’t have funds. Despite our repeated attempts, we failed to get a single penny of the announced grant," lamented Dr Neelam Sodhi, the organisation director of Aashirwaad.

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PAU students protest against security lapse
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 2
Students of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today boycotted their classes and held a protest march against security lapse on the campus. Earlier also, the students have been protesting against authorities for not stopping outsiders from entering the University premises. In almost all the brawls that happened in recent past at PAU and Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), the outsiders were involved.

Parminder Singh of Punjab Agricultural University Students’ Association (PAUSA) said in a recent incident in which GADVASU president Mani Singla was attacked, certain veterinary students, along with outsiders, were involved. "We want that action must be taken against the accused. They openly came and attacked our fellow-students while guards acted as mute spectators. Such anti-social elements can attack the girls hostel," said Parminder.

Another student of the university and an eyewitness to the incident, in which Mani Singla was attacked, said students were trying to settle their personal scores under the garb of ragging. "These veterinary students are the supporters of attackers. When stopped from attending classes yesterday, they levelled allegations that they were being ragged by seniors," he added.

It is pertinent to mention here that outsiders come to meet their friends at university hostels on regular basis. The security guards are threatened of dire consequences, if they try to stop these outsiders. In one such incident that took place a few months back, a group of outsiders under the influence of liquor attacked certain boys in the hostel in which latter were seriously injured and students had protested against security lapse.

"We are going to meet the Dean and hostel in-charge in the evening. Let us see what will come out of the meeting," said Parminder.

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Minor girl kidnapped from school
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 2
A 17-year-old girl was allegedly kidnapped by a migrant labour from G K Model Public School.

According to the victim's father Gopal Singh, resident of Dhandari, her daughter Ganga Kumari was kidnapped by Vidya Nand of Darbangha, Bihar.

However, the police has registered an FIR of kidnapping against the accused.

On the other hand, the accused family claimed that the girl was not minor and actually teaching at GK Model Public School. She fled with the boy with the intention of marriage.

Jaswinder Singh, in charge, Dhandri police station, said the parents had been asked to produce the birth certificate of the girl but so far they could not provide the certificate.

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I-kg opium seized; one arrested
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, April 2
The Jagraon police has arrested a youth with 1-kg opium at Dangian village.

According to sources, the police party intercepted a scooter-borne youth, identified as Binder Singh (20), a resident of Takhtupura village, and recovered 1 kg of opium from his possession, which he had tied around his waist with the help of a cloth.

The Jagraon police has registered a case against the accused under the NDPS Act.

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13-yr-old raped; couple nabbed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 2
A 13-year-old girl, who was separated from her parents during Bihar floods, was allegedly raped by a city resident and was forced into prostitution by him.

The police said the victim belongs to Pournia, Bihar, and came in contact with resident Naval Kishore, who brought her here.

He raped her and forced her into prostitution. She was even raped by many other people.

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Action against local bodies’ officials political?
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 2
There seems to be more political overtones than anti-corruption campaign of the Vigilance Bureau in the recent action against local bodies officials, who were booked for corruption.

The VB had booked local bodies Director and former Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation S.K. Sharma, Senior Town Planner Balkar Singh Brar, ATP Kamaljit Kaur and BJP councillor’s husband Tarun Jain recently. A case under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of IPC and Section 13 (D) of the Prevention of Corruption Act was registered against them.

Given the fact that the complaint against them had been making rounds of tables of different babus in the bureau and government offices for the past two years, the action was taken in a jiffy in the run-up to elections.

The VB had summoned Jain and Brar and questioned them for hours together. After questioning, they were sent back but an FIR was registered. And, finally, when it was registered, no action followed.

The action was taken so clandestinely that the VB became inaccessible to the media for two days.

Since Sharma was tipped to be very close to former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, when he was the Commissioner, MC, Ludhiana, residents were sensing more trouble for him. The entire case seems to have lot to do with the political affiliations of Sharma’s brother, Vishnu Sharma, who happened to be a former Mayor of Patiala.

With the legal experts opining it was the prerogative of investigative officer to decide whether the accused are to be arrested or not, it remains to be seen what happens next.

The registration of the case had come as a sigh of relief for the complainant, who was finally heard. Otherwise, he had knocked at the doors of bureaucrats, vigilance, political leaders and the media also. The FIR was registered finally but that has proved to be just another document in the file till date.

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Road inspection panel collects samples
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 2
The high-level Punjab government committee formed to probe into the quality of roads across the state visited Ludhiana yesterday and took samples of material used in various roads.

The team was headed by committee chairman Lt Gen BS Dhaliwal. According to sources, the team took samples from Bharti Colony, the Link road, some newly build roads near the Pakhowal road, the circular road and Dr Dhami road. Till the filing of this report, collection of samples and inspection of roads was still on.

The sources revealed that SE Dharam Singh and Xen HS Khaussa from the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation were accompanying the team.

This is the second visit of Lt Gen Dhaliwal's to the city. Earlier, he had come to the city on November 21, 2008, to inspect the city roads and a majority samples taken by the committee had failed quality test. After the report, the officials in the Municipal Corporation were given a warning and directed to be careful in road recarpeting.

The committee was formed during the Sangat Darshans of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal after he received various complaints about the roads in different cities of Punjab. The committee also has chief engineer-cum-chief vigilance officer AK Prabhakar as its member.

Notably, the vigilance department of the local bodies, too, has been getting various complaints regarding sub-standard material being used for road construction across the city.

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6,000 cops to be deployed for poll
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 2
Six thousand police personnel from the reserved forces will be deployed at all polling stations in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

About 1,300 cops will be positioned at Jagraon, around 2,000 at Khanna and 700 cops will be reserved for any eventuality.

The city will have around 461 polling stations with 1,066 polling booths.

A senior official said the polling areas had been divided into three blocks, hypersensitive, sensitive and nonsensitive, keeping in mind the past records of the locations.

About 13 polling stations have been anticipated as hypersensitive and around 157 are estimated to be sensitive.

As many as 43 hypersensitive polling stations are estimated at Khanna, whereas Jagraon has 11 hypersensitive stations and 103 sensitive ones.

Security will be on high alert at the hypersensitive polling stations.

Schools, colleges, religious places and communally sensitive areas will be under strict vigilance.

According to sources, a special patrolling team has been set up by the police for the elections.

The team will keep a watch on the polling stations in rural and urban areas. Around 20 polling stations will be allocated to each team.

Election observers, who will come from other states, will also be provided a security cover.

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29 interviewed at placement drive
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 2
The training and placement cell of Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT) organised a campus placement drive for its MBA students.

Link Builders, an IT company engaged in the business of web marketing (outsourcing) to overseas countries, visited GNIMT for the campus interview yesterday.

Wing Commander SS Arora (retd) and Priyanka Gupta, training and placement officer of the college, accorded a warm welcome to Vani Aul, who coordinated the event for the students to appear in the campus interviews.

Before commencement of the interviews, Arora briefed the students about the nature of job and job profile. Vani gave a brief profile of the company and various career prospects in the company to the students.

The recruitment process involved rounds of self introduction, extempore and group discussion. As many as 29 students were interviewed.

Shortlisted students will be called for further recruitment process in the company's office.

Dr H S Singha, director, thanked the company for deputing his team for conducting the campus interviews in the college. He also advised the students to improve their personality and acquire professional skills to enhance their employability during this period of economic slowdown.

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Parents, sena team up against fee hike
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 2
Resentment is prevailing against the alleged loot of the students by the CBSE-affiliated schools in the city as the parents of the students have resorted to agitation.

The parents have taken exception to the compulsory supply of books and bags. Sunil Kapoor and Sarfraz, parents of the students, have alleged that schools are supplying hard bound books with heavy bags and same is a big health hazard. The schools are charging commission from the book publishers, they say.

The National Consumer Awareness Group has written to the Punjab Chief Minster, Union HRD Minister, Punjab Education Minister and the Punjab Governor against the unprecedented fee hike and sought the withdrawal of the same. MP Singh Gogia, president, and Shiv Gupta, general secretary of the group, have called upon these leaders to bring about a legislation to check the fleecing of the students and poor parents.

The Hindu-Sikh Jagriti Sena, an organisation of the parents, has already started relay fast at Jagraon bridge from yesterday and has threatened to intensify the agitation if the district administration fails to intervene. As many as 21 members the organisation has started a fast in front of the residence of the Deputy Commissioner.

The organisation has raised voice against the hefty fee hike in the tuition fee, admission fee and heavy charges for the accessories like books, bags and shoes, which are being supplied by the schools compulsorily. The sena is also consulting the legal experts to challenge the fee hike in the court.

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PCTE, UK college sign pact
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 2
The Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE) has signed the UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) with City College, Birmingham, the UK, an academic partner of the PCTE.

UKIERI is an initiative taken by the United Kingdom and the Government of India to develop and promote educational and cultural awareness between the two countries. City College has two partner institutes in India. They are the PCTE and Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.

The PCTE group of institutes has been selected as the project leader for the proposal by City College. The project will be governed by the British Council. The partner institutions will get 35,000 pounds as grant for promoting educational exchange and curriculum development of more professional courses.

The staff from the PCTE will travel to the UK in September 2009 under the scheme to identify the course contents, curriculum development and accreditation of courses. Subsequently, the staff from City College will also visit the PCTE.

Dr KNS Kang, director-general of the PCTE group of institutions, said the British Council had selected six colleges in the UK to proceed with academic collaborations with Indian institutions. City College was one of them. The college had its academic collaboration with the PCTE and Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, about three years ago.

Dr Kang further said the basic objective of the project was to identify the students and staff from the PCTE.

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Lovely Lotus starts session
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 2
The Lovely Lotus School, BRS nagar, started the new academic session in a novel way by holding “All fools” party. The teachers and children laughed together when they saw one child putting both the legs in one side of the trouser and another using a frock with trouser.

The catchword was they tried to copy the adults and were in hurry to grow up. It was quite entertaining to see the children in all their spontaneity and innocence making mistakes, learning from them and growing up.

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RIMT students shine
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, April 2
Students of the RIMT Campus for Management and Computer Studies participated in the inter-college management and cultural festival, “Spardha”, organised by the IT Group of Institutes. They took part in eight events and secured positions in five.

The results are: Super marketer: Harmeet, Hitesh and Darpan 2; business quiz: Rahul Sharma and Sandeep Singh 2; defend and attack: Sandeep Singh 2 and Harmeet Singh 3; guess who am I: Rahul Sharma and Sandeep Singh 1 while Hitesh Gupta and Ravi Sharma 3; Indian idol: Manoj 2.

Students of the campus won the overall trophy at Atam Vallabh Jain College. They had also bagged positions in a cultural fest recently held at the RIMT-IET, Mandi Gobindgarh, and the GNIMT, Ludhiana.

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ATM at RIMT

Mandi Gobindgarh, April 2
The Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) started its ATM at extension counter on RIMT campus. The ATM was inaugurated by chairman of the RIMT group Hukam Chand Bansal.

Bansal said efforts would be made to provide more facilities to the students in future. SK Lakhani, AGM and regional head of the bank, said his bank was committed to provide a centralised banking solution. Mutual funds, insurance, e-banking, real time gross settlement scheme would be some of the initiatives.

Harish Chander, manager of the extension counter, elaborated various educational-loan schemes for the students. — OC

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CME on stroke today
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 2
The departments of neurology, medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation along with the College of Physiotherapy of Christian Medical College (CMC) are organising a CME on "Stroke: Recent advances in medical treatment and rehabilitation" here at the hospital auditorium tomorrow.

Prof Bornstein from Israel, who is also the vice-president of the World Stroke Organisation, and Dr Stephen Read from Brisbane, Australia, would be the key speakers at the CME.

Besides faculty, many distinguished experts like Padma Bhushan Prof JS Chopra from Chandigarh, Prof S Prabahakar from PGIMER, Chandigarh, and Prof MM Mehndiratta from GB Pant Hospital, New Delhi, will be chairing different sessions.

The first half of the CME will deal with the medical treatment and in the second half, the rehabilitation talks will be delivered.

About 300 participants from Northwest India are expected to attend, said organising secretary Dr Jeyaraj D Pandian.

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City Concerns
Voters and unkept promises

With elections around the corner, voters, once again, become a witness to colourful election speeches, which promise stability, reforms and development giving reasons why has progress eluded the country. Allegations against political foes, blaming each other for everything wrong in the country continues to form a major portion of the political debates. The voters have a strong opinion against unkept promises made in elaborate agendas. This is what a cross section of the city voters has to say on the issue.

I

Growth and the city, perhaps, have been the biggest rivals for the city over the past many years. The city has always faced ignorance from the authorities.

Years have passed, but the growth of the city could not even cross its infant stage. The leaders have not kept the promises. The city is flooded with a whole range of problems, however, the main ones are traffic, infrastructure and law.

Ludhiana will definitely find a better place in the world map if the city concerns are attended to properly. The common man of the city aspires only for corruption-free efficient governance. He expects genuine implementation of development plans and support of law.

Deepak Batra
Ludhiana

II

An election promise is a promise that has today turned out be a mere word given to the general public by a politician, who is trying to win the election. Not fulfilling the election promises has become a practice. The promises are absolutely forgotten when a politician occupies his office. Further, non-fulfillment of these promises often disaffects people from the entire political process, increases apathy and lowers the voter turnout.

These days, everybody has one question in his or her mind, "Why election promises are not fulfilled?" When enquired, politicians at the fag end of the tenure in their office conjure many reasons for the promises remaining mere words. The first argument is that there was a big difference between election announcement and the inauguration of a government project. The planning and execution stage consume much of the unneeded time gap.

It is also argued that during the time gap between the announcement of a development plan and the execution on ground, following lengthy procedure, there is a change in the officers concerned or the ministers concerned which often changed the original programme.

Another reason is more fundamental. There is a technical difference between a political campaign promise made by a politician and a government policy. A third, and perhaps the most significant reason, is the composition of the legislature. In a democracy, the ability of an elected president to pursue promises articulated during the election period, for instance, will depend on the composition of the national legislature. In most instances, it becomes more challenging for an elected president to fulfill campaign promises when the opposition holds a majority vote in the legislature.

Further, as per my view, particular government should not be elected for what they promise, but rather for their ability to deal with the unexpected things. Moreover, factors such as competence, honesty, ideology, and experience are in many ways a better method of judging a party or politician than their promises that may or may not be kept. A politician's character, the party to which he or she belongs to, and factors like scandals have a far greater impact and matter most on how people should vote than specific election promises.

Ravi Chander Garg
Ludhiana

III

While it is true that the politician do make promises, and therefore, should be held accountable to deliver on those promises but it is unrealistic for anyone to assume that all promises made by the politicians will or must be fulfilled. We must know what political campaign promises are. Why do politicians make promises? Political campaign promises are necessary part of the political process. The politicians make promises to sell their services to the voters. Although these promises are tailored to appeal to our psyche; they do not, however, force us to buy the political rhetoric. Unfortunately, in most instances, the politicians who make the widest, unimaginable and non-feasible promises get elected.

The unfortunate paradox is that most voters never ask themselves the basic question about the possibility of achieving of the promises that they hear or read in the papers during the elections as they would in the market place for goods and services. As no one can imagine to enter into a contract without reading its contents, public in general accept a campaign promise "as is" without any critical evaluation of its practicability.

Further, it's true that the political campaign promises and governments' policies can never move similar way as campaign promises are usually more general statements that represent the vision and goals of the politicians. The government policies, on the other hand, emerge as a result of a deliberate and a more formal strategic planning process. Designing realistic policies require a valid analysis of the existing problems with a deliberate intent to understand their causes, to study alternative solutions and to ultimately adopt the best possible strategies to solve the outlined problems. Moreover, in the sphere of public policy, such extenuating strategies must be framed according to the interest of the general public and little correlation must be there in between them.

Shivanshu Garg
Ludhiana

IV

Although names of many of the candidates have been made public, yet the election fever is to pick up. The candidates fighting elections have become habitual in making long and false promises to seek votes irrespective of the party they belong to. The famous flyover's construction, which was started after noisy demonstration against it by shopkeepers of the area, has not been completed so far. Due to political reasons the previous state government hastened to inaugurate it to take credit without having it linked from the civil lines side. The civil lines traffic still moves through the Domoria bridge causing great congestion in peak hours thus nullifies the main object of the flyover. All elected representatives are allocated local area.

Development funds for the necessary development of their respective areas but these funds are never used justifiably and properly. Here too sycophant rule the roost. It is on account of these facts that the people at large have lost faith in democracy and do not want to exercise their franchise.

The candidates, generally, are the same having no proper agenda except to win the election by hook or crook and fill their coffers after election. It is due to the above fact that the voting percentage is on the decrease in every forthcoming election. The voters should have the right to reject the candidate out right, who has already been tested.

Krishan Chitkara
Ludhiana

V

The city has not been neglected by the politicians, but, by its citizens who fail to have a civic sense, the ones who urge for their rights while overlooking their duties towards the community, the ones who vote for fulfilling their personal motives, which ranges from help in the administration related work or monetary help, the ones who vote for caste and religion neglecting the common good of society as a whole. The citizens with such intentions can never elect good leaders and if by luck a good leader comes to power, we force him or her to get spoiled.

Lack of political will is due to lack of people who are the actual implementer at the root level. If the politicians are corrupt, it is the people who give them an opportunity to be corrupt. What the city needs more is not the attention of politicians but the responsible behaviour of it's people. Let us do our little to make the conditions better. Let us vote sincerely for a responsible candidate in the coming elections.

Gurleen Kaur
Ludhiana

VI

I expect from my MP that he should be familiar with each and every problem of his constituency. He should not be a film star or a cricketer, who remain busy in shooting a film or a TV show. My new MP should easily be accessible to every citizen irrespective of his status.

I expect him to move in ordinary vehicles, not on luxury cars like "Carolla", he would not put burden on the government exchequer by deploying army of security persons around him. He should have polite and secular attitude toward people. He should have earned his name due to social service, character and hard work, not because of political inheritance.

Gagandeep Sharma
Ludhiana

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Patients examined at dental camp

Ludhiana, April 2
Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College and Hospital organised a free dental check up and awareness camp at Gurdwara Singh Sabha in New Moti Nagar on the Chandigarh road here yesterday.

Hundreds of area residents availed the benefits of the camp extended by a team of senior dental surgeons led by Dr Pawan Arora, professor and head, the department of community dentistry, and Dr Ashish Kumar.

The experts initiated the camp with dental awareness talk, educating people about common dental ailments, including tooth decay and gum diseases, which led to mobile teeth and eventually the need for teeth replacement.

The team provided comprehensive diagnosis with the aid of mobile dental van equipped with latest diagnostic and therapeutic facilities. — OC

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Students bid adieu to seniors
Our Correspondent

Raikot, April 2
A farewell party “Sham-e-Rukhsat” was organised by students of MA I Political Science of SGG Janta Girls College, Raikot, for their seniors yesterday.

Taranjeet was crowned Miss Farewell, while Amandeep was declared as the runner-up.

Senior vice-president of the college Harjeet Kaur congratulated the students of MA II for completing their journey of studies.

Principal Dr Savita Uppal wished them a bright future and hoped that each one of them will also fare well in the exams and bring honour to the college. Head of the department Prof Tarun Ghai thanked the students for their cooperation, loyalty and putting in their best for studies throughout the session.

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199 awarded degrees
Our Correspondent

Doraha, April 2
Convocation of the BCM College of Education was organised today.

A total of 176 students of BEd and 23 of MEd were awarded degrees. The degrees were awarded by chief guest Dr SS Gill, Vice-Chancellor, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot.

Principal Dr Khushwinder Kumar presented the college report.

The chief guest stressed on the need of dedicated and hardworking teachers for a developing nation.

Guest of honour Mahatma Satyanand Munjal, co-chairman, Hero Cycles, motivated the students to struggle hard in order to get entry into a challenging profession.

Ramanjit was presented roll of honour for getting top positing in MEd examination. A total of 58 students were awarded prizes for securing first and second positions in university examinations.

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Girl needs aid

Ludhiana, April 2
Bhageshwari (11) was brought to Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) in a serious condition with ASD (hole in her heart).

Surgeons have recommended an early surgery but non-availability of funds is causing a delay in her treatment.

Her family is unable to bear the expenses of her treatment, which will cost approximately Rs 1.50 lakh and additional for the medication. The child's parents have appealed to the public and all NGO’s to help her financially so that she can undergo the treatment.

The CMCH authorities have appealed to the public to contact the medical superintendent's office at CMCH. — TNS

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NGO on road safety formed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 2
The demise of Punjab Minister of Cooperation Capt Kanwaljit Singh in a tragic road accident has once again forced the people to think on road safety policy. A resident Kamaljit Soi has formed a NGO, “Raahat”.

The NGO is committed to make Indian roads safe to drive, says Soi, who is its president. “The accidents happening on the roads effect us in many ways. This is not only loss of precious human life but also a loss of brains and human beings, creating a void in the society,” he says.

To be started on April 13, the Baisakhi, the NGO is planning to launch its crusade against bad driving by launching training programmes for truck drivers with various truck unions.

It will also issue a road safety pledge, which will be distributed and publicised across the country to make people aware of the road safety issues.

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Food samples taken
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 2
A team of health officials took samples of various food products from different outlets in the city.

Dr GP Mangla and Dr Harjot Singh, district food inspectors, along with other officials, took the samples of turmeric from from a shop at Rani Jhansi Road, fruit juice from Sanjay Gandhi Colony, salt/tea from Bhamian Kalan village, and vanaspati ghee/mix milk from Tajpur Road.

The samples have been sent for testing.

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Death mourned
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 2
The board of directors (BoD) of the Punjab Housefed has expressed grief over the sudden demise of Punjab Cooperation Minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh.

In a condolence meeting held here today, the BoD described the minister as an honest, far-sighted, unblemished and dedicated political leader who served every section of society irrespective of political affiliations.

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Villager booked for sodomising minor
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 2
Manjit Singh (41), a resident of Gujjarwal village, has reportedly sodomised a minor of the village a week ago.

The victim, Kamaljit Singh, a student of class VII, was attending a path organised by the social organisations of the area.

On the night of March 26, the accused took him to an isolated place in a field on the pretext of dropping him at home where he committed the crime and fled.

The boy was so frightened by the threats from the accused that he did not disclose the incident to anyone.

He informed his parents later when he could not bear the physical pain after a few days.

The police booked the accused under Section 377 of the IPC after verifying allegations levelled by the victim yesterday.

Medical examination of the victim at the Dehlon civil hospital suggested that he had been physically exploited.

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Murder accused held
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, April 2
The local police has arrested accused in the murder case of Daljit Singh (40). He was murdered on the night of March 30 when he objected to the kundi connection being installed by the accused.

The persons who were arrested include Jagjit Singh Bittu, his wife Rekha and their sons, Gagan and Raman.

The three of the accused had caught hold of Daljit while Jagjit Singh had attacked him with iron rode on his head, killing him on the spot.

A case against the four was registered under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC at the Sidhwan Bet police station.

The police arrested them when they were going from their village to Bujarg village last evening. The police got police remand for Jagjit Singh and Rekha till April 4, while the minor, Gagan and Raman, were sent to the Shimla Puri observation home by the CJM, Ludhiana.

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Youth arrested with smack
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, April 2
The Dakha police recovered 7 grams of smack from a drug peddler yesterday.

The accused has been identified as Charandass (25) alias Sanu alias Akshay of the local Guru Nanak Mohalla. He was arrested by sub-inspector, Chaman Parkash from a rented shop at Raikot road.

Yogi Raj, SHO, said the police got information that Charandass is peddling smack in the area. Many cases were pending against him in various police stations in and outside Punjab. A case has been registered against him under sections 21/61/85 NDPS Act.

The shop from where Charandass was arrested is stated to be used as a den by the drug addicts. Charandass along with his friends used to sell the drug there. The neighbours got irked by the unlawful activities and informed the police.

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47 bags of stolen wheat recovered
Our Correspondent

Raikot, April 2
The Jalaldiwal police has recovered 47 bags of stolen wheat during a routine patrol last evening.

Chowki in-charge, Jalaldiwal, Mohan Dass saw four persons near a heap of gunny bags near the Boparam dhaba on the Raikot Barnala Road who were trying to load the wheat bags in the truck. On seeing the police, the accused fled from the spot with the truck.

The police recovered 47 bags of wheat having markings of Pungrain, FCI and wherehouse.

It seems the wheat was stolen from various government godowns to be sold off to big dealers, said the police.

A case has been registered under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC against unidentified persons.

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Man booked for issuing threat
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 2
The police booked an unidentified person for threatening a resident for ransom of Rs 85 lakh.

According to Gurpreet Singh, a resident Ayali Kalan, an anonymous caller threatened him to arrange Rs 85 lakh. He also threatened him of dire consequences, if he informed the matter to the police.

Gurpreet Singh's father Tersem Singh was murdered for ransom a few years ago. Later, the accused was nabbed by the police.

The police has registered a case against an unidentified caller and started the investigation.

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NOZIT-09
Mayank beats Ajeet in badminton quarters
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, April 2
Competition in various disciplines was held on the second day of the North Zone Inter-Medical College Tournament (NOZIT-09) at Dumra Auditorium of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) here today.

Students also take out a candlelight procession against ragging yesterday at DMCH campus.

Teams from different medical colleges battled it out to overpower each other.

Today's results:

Badminton: Men's singles (1st round): Mayank (GMC, Chandigarh) beat Shail (GMC, Patiala) 21-12, 21-15; Ajeet Singh (UFHT) beat Gagandeep (DBDC, Faridkot) 21-15, 21-12; Mohd Kazim (GMC, Amritsar) beat Mikhal (GMC, Patiala) 21-19, 21-13; Arvind (CMC, Ludhiana) beat Sushant (DMC, Ludhiana) 21-13, 14-21,21-14; Nikhil (GMC, Chandigarh) beat Anubhav (DMC, Ludhiana) 21-15, 21-12; Abhinav (DMC, Ludhiana) beat Gagandeep (DBDC, Faridkot) 21-15, 21-12; Brij Mohan (UFHT) beat Anandjeet (SGRD, Amritsar) by 21-13, 21-15; Dhawal (CMC, Ludhiana) beat Sachin Jain (Lord Mahavira Homeopathic College, Ludhiana) 21-14, 21-12.

Men’s singles (quarterfinal): Mayank (GMC, Chandigarh) beat Ajeet Sood (UFHT) 21-19, 21-13; Mohd Kazim (GDC, Amritsar) beat Arvind (CMC, Ludhiana) by 21-18,21-19; Dhawal (CMC, Ludhiana) beat Gaurish (CDC, Ludhiana) 21-17, 21-17.

Women's singles (quarterfinal): Aprajita (CMC, Ludhiana) beat Neetika (GMC, Chandigarh) 21-12, 21-13; Shilpa Pal (UFHT) beat Disha (Lord Mahavira Homeopathic College, Ludhiana) 21-12, 21-11; Chandni Rajput (UFHT) beat Shilpa (DMC, Ludhiana) 21-18, 21-17.

Women's singles (semifinal): Aprajita (CMC, Ludhiana) beat Shilpa Pal (UFHT) by 21-13, 21-14; Chandni Rajput (UFHT) beat Priya (DMC, Ludhiana) 21-13, 21-15.

Table tennis: Men’s singles (1st round): Ankush (CMC, Ludhiana) beat Karan (DMC, Ludhiana) 11-8, 9-11,11-7; Arpan (DMC, Ludhiana) beat Girza (UFHT) 11-7, 11-6; Ajay (DMC, Ludhiana) beat Harbir (GMC, Chandigarh) 11-9, 12-10; Akshat (GMC, Amritsar) beat Anubhav (GMC, Chandigarh) 11-4, 11-9; Tarundeep (DMC, Ludhiana) beat Lakshya (GMC, Chandigarh) 11-9, 14-12; Gitansh (DBDC, Faridkot) beat Rakesh (DMC, Ludhiana) 11-7,8-11

Men’s singles (2nd round): Anupreet Bassi (PTA) beat Ankush (CMC, Ludhiana) 11-8, 11-5,11-4; Akshat (Amritsar) beat Anish (CMC, Ludhiana) 8-11,11-9,12-10,11-4; Prashant (CMC, Ludhiana) beat Gitanshu (Faridkot) 11-5, 11-8,11-6.

Women’s singles (quarterfinal): Aprajita (CMC, Ludhiana) beat Kulmeet (DMC, Ludhiana) 11-5,11-4,11-8; Manraa (UFHI) beat Shruti (DMC, Ludhiana) 11-5,11-6,11-2; Ashima (CMC, Ludhiana) beat Kanika (DMC, Ludhiana) 11-9, 11-8, 11-5; Shruti (UFHT) beat Kazmi (DMC, Ludhiana) 11-4,11-8,11-6.

Women’s singles (semifinal): Aprajita (CMC, Ludhiana) beat Manraa (UFHT) 7-11,11-9,11-5,11-8; Shruti (UFHT) beat Ashima (CMC, Ludhiana) by 11-8, 12-10,11-13,11-7.

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Town girl brings laurels
Tribune News Service

Khanna, April 2
Rashi Aggarwal, a student of Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School here has brought laurels to her school.

She has got third position in the National Games Boxing Championship held at Goa.

She has also won various boxing championships at state and district levels.

She has been getting coaching from Sohan Lal Singh and Labh Singh.

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