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MC in a spot again
This time over unfinished roads

Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 6
The municipal corporation which has been accused of embezzlement of funds several times is once again in the dock over two roads along the banks of Budda Nullah.

In information gathered under the Right to Information Act, the civic body has given contrary replies, raising a question on what was done with Rs 62.85 lakh for road construction.

In 2006, the municipal corporation had invited tenders for the construction of road along the nullah from Kali Mata Mandir to Pavitar Nagar bridge and from the bridge to Haibowal Kalan.

It had kept Rs 1.58 lakh as earnest money and the time limit for the completion of work was six months. When information regarding the construction of these roads was asked for in 2008, the municipal corporation had replied that the work had been allotted to a contractor and it was in progress. Regarding the photocopy of the work file, the public information officer had denied information, stating that the contractor had raised objection to it under Section 11 of the RTI Act.

Contrary to it, when information was again solicited this year, the “new” MC answer was that no work on the site from Homeopathic College to Pavitar Nagar bridge had been allotted.

A visit to the site reveals that no road was ever constructed along the banks of the nullah and the area had been encroached by slum dwellers. Heaps of mud and garbage were piled up on both sites.

SE Dharam Singh, who is also heading the notice inviting tender cell of the municipal corporation, was asked about it, he replied he was not aware and would enquire into the matter after asking for the file.

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MC blind to dumping of fly ash
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 6
Environment has never been a priority for the industrial city, which is becoming a “pollution well” --- be it Buddha Nullah or dumps of fly ash. The industrial sector, especially the dyeing industry, has been posing environmental hazard.

A visit to places like Industrial Area and Focal Point shows how fly ash, a byproduct obtained after burning rice husk, is dumped along roads, posing health problems.

The area has no green cover as a result of the dumping of the fly ash and the land has been rendered infertile.

Even public parks in the area are in a deplorable condition, reflecting the laxity of the municipal corporation. Forget green cover, the civic body has also failed to protect its land in the area which is being used by industrialists to dump fly ash.

People residing in these areas are mainly workers earning daily wages. Talking to The Tribune, they said they suffered from health problems like eye and skin allergies and respiratory problems, but could not do anything about it. Ram Lubhaya, working with a dyeing unit, said: “Both my children have asthma and doctors have told us to find a house in an area where there is no dust, especially ash, but it’s not possible because I cannot manage to rent a house for Rs 500 in the city.”

He added that his wife had some complications during her second pregnancy and doctors had attributed it to the environment conditions.

Punjab Pollution Control Board environment engineer Babu Ram said it was the responsibility of the municipal corporation to identify erring industrial units that were responsible for dumping fly ash.

He said if the civic body could identify the units, the PPCB would take action against those.

He said it was the responsibility of the units to manage the disposal of fly ash.

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Power plays truant
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 6
Power played truant even as the city experienced thundershowers and high velocity winds all through the day today. A large number of localities had to go without power from half hour to two hours in the morning and again later in the day at regular intervals until late evening.

Water supply was also affected in Civil Lines, Haibowal, Sarabha Nagar, Model Town, Bhadaur House, Salem Tabri and several other localities.

Officials of the PSEB said a main transmission cable from Noorwal to GT Road substation had broken down due to the high velocity winds and it took more than an hour to repair and restore power supply to several parts of the old city.

In the afternoon, power to the entire area from Humbarn to all along Ferozepur road was disrupted after a main transmission line feeding the substation there snapped.

“Carrying out repair of a main transmission line (high tension cable) and restoration of power supply in the affected areas is a time-consuming process, especially when the weather conditions are not favourable. The work for repair of the snapped line was carried out expeditiously and power supply was restored in most parts of the city after about an hour,” the PSEB officials said.

They stated that no power cut had been imposed and the supply had been disrupted only because of the weather.

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Man arrested for killing labourer
Tribune News Service

Mandi Gobindgarh, April 6
The police today arrested an accused involved in the murder of a migrant labourer.

The body of Vijay Kumar, alias Raju, was found buried in a godown in August 2008. He was working as a labourer in the godown where its owner had kept some cattlehead. Vijay was looking after fodder for the cattle and stayed alone in the godown.

An iron rod was found near the body and it appeared that the victim was repeatedly hit on the head before his body was buried.

Police officials investigating the matter termed the murder as blind and initiated inquiries. During the course of investigation, it was found that the victim entered in a heated argument with a man who was working in a godown nearby. The police suspected the worker of the other godown and tried to trace him. He had gone missing after the body was recovered.

After much efforts, the accused, identified as Mohammad Jawahar, was arrested from Jamunia village at Bhagalpur, Bihar. During interrogation, he revealed that he had been working at the place of the victim earlier, but the employer replaced him due to some mistakes committed by him.

He got another job in a nearby godown, but he was holding a grudge against the worker who replaced him. He argued with him one day and then fought on another day over the removal of pictures of some gods from the godown. He later murdered him and buried the body.

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Man robbed of over Rs 4 lakh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 6
Robbers decamped with Rs 4.37 lakh after throwing chilly powder in the eyes of an employee of a security agency here today.

The incident took place in broad daylight near the accommodation for IAS and PCS officers.

The victim has been identified as Vikram Sinah. He said he had gone to collect the instalment from a firm near Fountain Chowk. While returning, he saw the plug of his motorbike had been removed.

When he got down to fix it, two men with masks put chilly power in his eyes and snatched the bag containing the money. They then fled in a white Hundai Verna car (PB-10- CE- 3188). When the police traced the number, it happened to be allotted to a motorcycle.

A woman witnessed the entire episode and was the first to raise the alarm.

She said there were four persons in the car. They parked the vehicle on the opposite side of the road and two masked men alighted from it.

“Listening to the screams of the youth, we thought robbers had hurt the youth. When we went to help him, we saw chilly powder all over his body. He was screaming that he had been robbed of his money,” she added. In the meantime, the accused ran toward the car, put the bag on rear seat and fled towards Bharat Nagar Chowk.

Senior police officials reached the spot and started investigation.

The victim, eyewitnesses and officials of the security agency were also questioned by the police. Security arrangements had been tightened at all entry and exit points of the city.

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Lax Security Who is to blame?
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 6
Today’s robbery incident has again brought to the fore the indifferent attitude of banks and other financial establishments that transfer lakhs of rupees without taking proper security arrangements. The huge amount is sometimes transferred from one place to another by employees hired on meagre salaries.

These companies promise adequate security arrangements, but break rules to cut down the expenses. Often, a single employee carries huge amount of cash and visits dozens of places, drawing the attention of snatches and robbers. In today’s incident, Vikram Sinah was traveling on a motorcycle with money in a bag and visited around six places before entering Mall road.

The victim said it was his usual route and he visited these places on a routine basis.

The SSP, Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill, said according to the CMS companies clause, no employee could take more than Rs 3 lakh while travelling in the city and in case they were carrying more than that, a security van with a security guard would travel with the employee.

A company source said chances were that CMS security service would not get the insurance claim as it had violated rules.

Similarly, collection employees working for banks and mobile phone companies face a similar situation on several occasions. These employees have also been targeted by snatchers.

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LIT to give land for relocation of police stations
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 6
The Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) has agreed to the request of the Punjab police for the transfer of land for the purpose of relocation of the Model Town police station, which is proposed to be made into a model police station, as also the Kitchlu Nagar police post which does not have its own building.

Giving its assent to the transfer of 1 acre at Model Town Extension and another 2.25 acre at Maharishi Valmiki Nagar here, the LIT has submitted proposals to the government through the directorate of local bodies, Punjab, in this regard.

The land proposed to be transferred to the police is among those properties of the trust that have been identified by the government for being mortgaged to the Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) against loans taken by the municipal corporation for executing sewerage and water supply projects in the mega city, officials of the engineering branch of the LIT said.

According to officials, necessary action would be taken for the transfer of these chunks of land to the police department after the government cleared the proposals.

In the course of its exercise for the renovation of buildings of existing police stations, and seeking land for the relocation of police stations and police posts which were located in private buildings in various parts of the city, the police has already transferred surplus land around city kotwali in the prime business area of Chaura Bazar to GLADA for commercial utilisation. In return, GLADA has been asked to arrange for the construction of a modern building for the city kotwali which, at present, is functioning from a dilapidated building.

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Partial compliance of Section 144
Admn warns violators

Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 6
Taking cognizance of the partial compliance of orders promulgated under Section 144 of the Cr.PC by the Sangrur District Magistrate in view of the model code of conduct, the district administration has warned to take action against violators.

While landlords and employers, failing to inform the authorities about antecedents of their tenants and employees, would be booked for violating provisions of the law under Section 188 of the Cr.PC, cancellation of licenses of these persons would be recommended who failed to deposit their arms at police stations in their respective areas.

The authorities had taken serous notice of alleged partial compliance of orders promulgated by Sangrur Deputy Commissioner VK Ohri under Section 144 of the Cr.PC after implementation of the model election code of conduct.

Despite administration’s repeated appeal to the landlords and employers for providing complete information about their tenants and employees, only a few have bothered to cooperate with the authorities so far. Similarly only a fraction of holders of arms licenses had deposited their weapons at their respective police stations.

As politicians and VIPs were mostly holding the arms licence, the police was finding it hard to force them to deposit the same at some gun house or at the police stations. In certain cases complete addresses of the holders were not available with the local authorities.

Showing concern over this tendency, Sangrur SSP, Naunihal Singh, directed the circle officers of the district to undertake door-to-door campaign for persuading the residents to comply with orders being promulgated by the district magistrate from time to time.

Malerkotla DSP Gurpreet Singh Sikand said SHO Bimal Sharma and SHO Harinder Singh had deputed beat officers for ensuring complete compliance of the orders in their respective areas.

“Though it’s the duty of the residents to follow directions of the election commission we have directed our officials to persuade them (residents) to cooperate. We will initiate action against those who violated norms willfully,” said Sikand adding that the cancellation of arms licenses of those would be recommended who didn’t obey the orders.

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Rain: Tough going for farmers
Seek Rs 20,000 compensation

Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 6
It seems there is no end to the worries of farmers this time with weather playing spoilsport just before the harvesting of wheat crop.

Intermittent rains along with winds have been reported from the district and nearby areas. The weathermen at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have informed that thundershowers and hailstorm were expected at many places in the next 24 hours, which was bad for the ripened wheat crop in fields.

Bhupinder Mahesari, general secretary Bharti Kisan Union from Mahesari village near Moga told that entire Malwa belt, including places like Moga, Jagraon, Faridkot, Ludhiana, etc were affected due to the sudden rains.

“The crop has flattened and the government must provide compensation of Rs 20,000 per acre to save farmers. Special assessment must be conducted to know the losses. Farmers have no role in natural calamities and thus it becomes a duty of the government to watch our interests,” said Mahesari.

Gurpreet Singh Sekhon, another farmer, told that they were ready to harvest the crop but the rains had dampened their spirits. "In the last 24 hours, intermittent rains and hailstorm had damaged the crop at several places. We can just pray to God otherwise we will have to incur huge losses,” said Sekhon.

Dr GS Bains, head of the agro-meteorological department, PAU, told that weather was unpredictable and this was due to western disturbances.

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‘84 riot victims protest against Centre
Ask government to cancel Tytler’s nomination

Our Correspondent

Doraha, April 6
Victims of the 1984 riot along with a few residents of the town took out a protest march against the acquittal of Jagdish Tytler and allotment of ticket to him and Sajjan Kumar.

The protesters were holding black flags and wearing black badges as a mark of protest against the government’s decision to give a clean chit to the two leaders who were allegedly behind the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

They said the victims had entrusted all their hopes on the CBI, as they were confident that it would take just and fair decision rather than a politically motivated one. But the victims received a setback when they learnt that the accused have not only been acquitted but also rewarded in return. They alleged that the judiciary, too, had failed to heal the wounds of thousands of Sikhs who had not been able to erase the horrific memories of those days and were still in a state of shock.

The demonstrators demanded that the government should cancel their nominations or be prepared to face consequences.

Inderjit Singh Kala, President, Municipal Council, Doraha; Tarlok Singh Jaggi, Pritam Singh Jaggi, Harjiwan Pal Singh Gill, Ranjit Singh Khalsa, Manmohan Singh Julka, Daljit Singh, Gurvinder Singh Babbar, Manjit Singh Jaggi, Parminder Singh Pinda, Manvir Singh and Harnek Singh Neki were among those who took part in the protest march.

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Kiln owners halt sale of bricks
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 6
Prices of bricks are set to rise with brick kiln owners of the state halting its sale from today onwards. The kiln owners are protesting against the arrest of their counterparts in Amritsar last week.

Sarabhjeet Dhillon, general secretary, Punjab Brick Kiln Owners' Association, Ludhiana unit, said: "The incident reflects upon the apathetic attitude of the police and the government towards us. We have stopped the sale of bricks from today and the protest will continue till our counterparts are not released."

This, he said, would surely affect the rates of bricks in the state. "Because, besides the sales, production has also been halted due to inclement weather and the rain," he added.

He revealed that last week, labour leaders in Amritsar district and Tarn Taran attacked a few brick kiln owners while demanding higher wages than those fixed by the Punjab government.

"The labour leaders, along with 200 to 300 workers, were forcibly stopping the work at all kilns. The owners resisted their move and requested them not to take the law in their hands and to hold discussions in a democratic manner. However, the leaders instigated the workers and attacked the owners with bricks. The kiln owners sustained injuries in the attack," he added.

He further said police officials were immediately informed, who in turn, called the labour union chief and brick kiln owners for negotiations. "However, the kiln owners, who sustained injuries, were arrested and a false case registered against them under Section 307 of the IPC."

"Following the incident, the brick kiln owners of Amritsar and Tarn Taran immediately stopped production work in protest against police inaction. And today, we have stopped the sales of bricks in the state as the owners are being falsely implicated by labour leaders," he remarked.

"We tried to resolve the matter amicably but the government failed to do justice and didn’t get our members released within the stipulated time frame. So, we called for the statewide agitation," Dhillon added.

He further said in protest against the incident, the brick kiln owners of Ludhiana district had already stopped the sale of bricks from April 3.

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Indiabulls closure hits mall
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 6
Shutting down of Indiabulls mega store recently has hit the city’s first shopping mall Ansal Plaza hard.

The mall seems to be losing its sheen among residents following the sudden closure of the store, which was one of the biggest and oldest retail outlets not only in the city, but also the entire state.

Sources said there was a dip of over 40 per cent in the number of people visiting the mall everyday.

A storeowner at the mall said: “The store was the biggest attraction here. We have noticed a sudden fall in the number of people visiting the premises since the store closed down.”

The mega store, spread over a 50,000 sq ft, had separate floors for men, women and kids and catered to the needs of people of all ages. The store was a favourite shopping destination of residents who frequented the mall “just because of the store”.

The sudden closure of the store has left the residents disappointed. Says Ruchi Virk, a housewife: “Indiabulls store had much to offer. It had something for everybody. I loved to shop at the store. I visited Ansal Plaza only because of the store.”

Agrees Priya Sabharwal, a college student: “Most of my friends used to frequent the mall to check out the latest at the store. It had an amazing variety of smart causal wear and accessories for everybody.”

The store had something special to offer to its customers even when it was on the verge of closure. It put up a mega sale, offering discounts as high as 70 per cent.

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Contractors seek payments, meet mayor
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 6
A group of contractors, who owned hot-mix plants, along with senior deputy mayor Praveen and Akali leader Vinod Jain met Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura and apprised him of their problems.

The contractors complained that their bills of various works were put on hold and the payments that were to be made till March 31, 2009, were still pending.

They further said, “The civic body has asked to complete various projects but when the payments were to be made, the officials said they have forwarded the receipts and bills to the municipal commissioner and amounts could be given after his signature only.”

The contractors alleged that they had paid commissions to officers at various levels to ensure that they get the payments on time, but all in vain.

They also revealed they had gone to meet the municipal commissioner but he had gone before they reached the office.

Thus, the contractors said they decided to discuss the matter with the Mayor and approached him.

They also said Mayor Giaspura had assured them that the payments would be made within one or two days.

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Fee Hike
ADC snubs school managements
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 6
Although talks between the managements of the CBSE schools and parents remained inconclusive today, Additional Deputy Commissioner Kuldeep Singh snubbed the school managements for their failure to explain the reason behind fee hike and other exorbitant charges.

The managements of Kundan Vidya Mandir, MGM Public School, Ryan International School and Delhi Public School presented their records to the ADC. The inquiry has been initiated on the basis of a memorandum submitted by the Hindu Sikh Jagirti Sena (organisation formed by parents) to the Deputy Commissioner.

The organisation had protested and launched a relay fast on April 1 at the Jagraon bridge.

Kuldeep had asked the school managements for more records and had also summoned the managements of the remaining schools on Wednesday.

He dislosed that the managements of the Sacred Heart Convent Schools, Sarabha Nagar and BRS Nagar, had supplied records to him.

Parveen Dang, president, Hindu Sikh Jagirti Sena, alleged that the managements tried to hide the facts. One of the schools is selling a pre-nursery book for Rs 350, whereas an MA book is not sold for this amount.

Dang said the managements should defer the fee hike till the inquiry by him was completed. He further asserted that they would continue the agitation till their demands were met by the administration.

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From Schools & Colleges
KCW girls stand out in exams
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 6
Students of Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, have secured fourth, sixth, eighth and ninth positions in Panjab University in MSc (IT)-3rd semester examinations held in December, 2008.

Sania Aggarwal stood fourth in the university by scoring 84.9 per cent, Manpreet Kaur stood sixth scoring 83.7 per cent, Manpreet Kaur bagged eighth position scoring 83.2 percent, Saveena Paul secured ninth position scoring 82.4 per cent.

The students clinched six out of the top 10 district positions. The students of MSc (IT)-1st semester have also secured excellent marks.

Priyanka Gupta stood third scoring 85.5 per cent. Gurkiran Haneja stood tenth by scoring 82.5 per cent marks. The students bagged fourth out of the top 10 district positions.

College principal Dr Varinder Kaur Thind applauded the staff and students for clinching top university positions.

Placement drive

The Training and Placement Cell of Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology invited representatives from HDFC Standard Life Insurance to shortlist MBA students for summer internship. Area sales manager Vijay Garg and channel development manager Gurwinder Singh were welcomed by the faculty and students.

While addressing a seminar, Vijay talked about career opportunities to about 80 MBA students.

He informed that as a project trainee one can learn with a regular stipend.

It was also highlighted that the project trainees are not expected to indulge in sales.

World Health Day

Primary wing of Bal Bharati Public School organised a special assembly on the “World Health Day” today. The aim was to highlight the importance of maintaining a good health for a bright future.

The assembly started with a prayer followed by a few lines by Arav of Class I on World Health Day.

Students of Class I Gursahib, Romita, Pranay and Abhiraj dressed as fruits and vegetables and stressed on the significance of our routine diet.

A skit was presented on the theme that every human being was responsible for his health.

Everyone needs to take a nutritious diet and must avoid junk food.

Debate contest

A declamation contest on childhood and present education system was organised on the premises of GMT Public School recently. The topics were modern kids, childhood- the age of innocence, kids losing moral values etc. Principal Amarjeet Dhaliwal presided over the function while Navdeep Kaur, Vinod and Raminder bagged the first, second and third positions, respectively.

Examination

The NCC cadets of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Udham Singh Nagar, brought laurels to the alma mater by clearing ‘Certificate-A exam’. Around 40 cadets appeared in the exam in February, 2009. More than 30 cadets secured above 85 per cent whereas other 10 secured above 75 per cent. School principal Sunil Arora awarded certificates to the cadets for their excellent performance.

Farewell

The students of MBA-CIT of Master Tara Singh Memorial college for Women were given a farewell by their juniors through a cultural extravaganga ‘Sham-e-rukhsat’. A miss farewell contest was also organised. Principal Surinder Atwal encouraged the students to become independent so that they could carve a niche in the competitive era.

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Misconduct by exam superintendent alleged
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 6
Against the alleged arrogant behaviour of the centre superintendent towards lecturers on duty, a delegation of more than six lecturers of Arya College met the principal recently.

They reportedly put pressure on the principal and coordinator of the exam centre at Arya College, Dr SM Sharma, to write to the varsity against "highhanded-ness" of the centre superintendent.

The deputation was led by the president of Arya College Teachers' Union, Prof RP Sabharwal. One of the lecturers, on condition of anonymity, disclosed that the superintendent was from Kamla Lohtia Sanatan Dharam College and he often indulged in "misconduct" with lecturers on duty.

"The superintendent misbehaved with lecturer in front of the students outside the examhall on April 4. A complaint was filed against his behaviour at SCD Government College here during last exams, too. We had gone to the principal Dr Sharma, who assured that he will bring it to the notice of university,” said the lecturer.

Meanwhile, the Dr Sharma said it was not a serious matter. “I called both the parties and sorted the issue. Exams are being conducted in a peaceful manner,” he said.

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Reporters' Diary
Be humane towards patients

Callousness on the part of the city residents has exceeded all limits considering the way they treat ambulances on the road. Despite the fact that ambulances carry patients under trauma and if they reach the destination on time their life could be saved, the residents don’t seem to realise this. Even if they hear an ambulance honking from behind, they would not take their car aside. This happens almost everyday. Fervent appeals by various organisations to treat ambulances sympathetically have fallen on deaf ears. So next time you spot an ambulance, do give it a way for the sake of a precious human life.

Odd men out

As city’s who’s who from the medical fraternity gathered under one roof in a get together one evening, even the more elusive and busy doctors could be seen in the party hosted by Dr R Vatsayan. The doctors, who have a waiting list of two to three days for their patients, had all gathered to put forth their concerns for the city, in general and the medical fraternity, in particular, before Congress candidate Manish Tewari for whom the party was hosted.

Not only the doctors, a few industrialists were also spotted at the venue, with questions on why they should vote for the Congress candidate. However, what was really interesting was the presence of a few BJP functionaries who “just dropped by”. Later, finding this photojournalist walking into the residence, the BJP leaders sneaked from the back door of the house, avoiding any dialogue for obvious reasons.

Call me sir!

When I along with a journalist friend went to cover Amrinder Gill’s star night organised by a leading medical college of the city, he was stopped at the entry point to prove his identity, while I was trailing behind. As there was no invitation card sent to the media persons, my friend showed his identity card. While checking the card, the person at the reception who happened to be an orthopedician, asked him to call the public relation officer to seek permission to enter the venue. The doctor said he would only let him in if he first addressed him as ‘sir’ as it was his duty to check with the PRO if we were invited or not. He was perhaps making an allusion to his seniority at the hospital. The doctor, however, knew nothing about the polite manner expected from the hospitality in charge at the gate of the venue. The incident only made us laugh at the doctor’s demand for showing respect out of sheer vanity.

Dog fight

The alarming rise in the stray dog population in the mega city has led to a peculiar situation in which residents of a number of localities have been clearly divided into two diametrically opposite groups - one who offers leftover food and other eatables to show their love and care to the canines and the other frustrated but helpless over the nuisance. Of late, there have been reports of verbal dual, or even scuffles between the two groups from many parts of the city, especially when the stray dogs tear a piece or two of the human flesh. Unsuspecting kids out there to play in the streets, as also pet dogs or cats seem to be the favorites of the stray dogs to pounce upon which often leads to the stick-wielding family members of the victims running after the four-legged creatures to teach them a lesson. At times, the situation takes a turn for the worse when the so called animal lovers refuse to take things lying down and come out in support of the dogs whom they feed with all love and tenderness. What ensues in such situation is a dogfight with the roles of the human beings and the dogs completely reversed.

Migrants’ dilemma

The possibility of putting up their own candidate in the coming Lok Sabha elections from the city appearing to be a distant dream, the 3.5 lakh strong vote bank of migrant population from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar seems to be divided over extending support to the Congress or the SAD, the two main contenders in the fray. A few prominent leaders of the migrants, depending on their proximity to the political leaders of the two main parties, are said to be making overt and covert attempts to woo their supporters in favour of candidates of their choice. Both groups are charging each other with “betraying” the migrants by extending support to a few parties during election time to promote their own political careers. “The decisive vote bank is sold by our own leaders during assembly or parliamentary polls without the community getting anything in return expect for the credit earned by its self-styled leaders,” is how a political activist of the migrants summed up the dilemma being faced by majority of them.

3 musketeers

Known for altering the inadvertent behaviour into a deliberate act, the traffic cops deputed on the Dugri bridge or road (under construction) have accommodated at least six rickshaw pullers for using the barrier on closed road as ‘rickshaw stand’. The fearless rickshaw pullers line up every morning on the barrier, which has become a convenient pick up point for them. On the other hand, the cops unlike ‘three musketeer’s’ cool off their heels under the peepal tree giving people a chance to learn and unlearn ‘traffic management’. Oblivious to the jams on three intersections on the said road under construction, these three traffic cops have some important issues to deal with in between their teatime. But catching the young boys without helmets and convincing them for on the spot fines are undoubtedly on their priority list.

Precious gift

Last week, I got a call from an unknown person who made my day and instilled a new feeling for my work. The person had called me up regarding a story published and was appreciating my efforts terming it as one of the best ways to hit hard on officials engaged in corruption. The five-minute talk with that senior citizen was like a boosting pill. During our day today chores we often come across a time that we feel would our efforts bring a change. At such point of time, public appreciation is the most valuable gift a journalist can get.

Blog for babies

Seeing the baby grow is a special feeling for every mother and every mother tries to capture the special moments either in the camera or in a video. But one of my friends has acted differently and has created a blog for the same. She has penned her inner feelings in the form of poems and written about her baby’s innocent eyes, the way he crawls around, his first steps, when he first called her ‘mama’ and so on. She has very aptly out her emotions into words. Every visitor to her blog after reading her poetry easily understands to which extent she is enjoying her motherhood and very minutely watching her child’s each moment. She believes, “pictures and videos can no doubt capture child’s mood but I wanted to capture my mood on the specific occasion”, she adds with a smile.

Contributed by Kanchan Vasdev, Rajesh Bhambi, Kuldip Bhatia, Anshu Seth, Jyotika Sood and Manav

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Healthcare services launched
Tribune News Service

Hambran, April 6
With an aim to bring down the infant mortality rate in and around Hambran, Mata Kaushalya Devi Pahwa Charitable Hospital, Hambran, today launched a door-to-door healthcare services at the village.

The management of the Christian Medical College and Hospital,Ludhiana, is running this charitable hospital.

Four women health visitors were today given bicycles to provide door-to-door healthcare services in and around Hambran under the Rural Health Outreach Programme. They would cover the village in three months with special emphasis on immunisation of expectant women and children.

With growing incidence of tuberculosis in the state, the hospital authorities have included the 'diagnosis' of TB which would be done on the basis of reports made by the these visitors from their day today survey. Thereafter, the patients would be sent to the primary health centre, Hambran, for DOT.

This charitable hospital is known for its fight against 'female foeticide'. To encourage the birth of a girl child, this hospital is running a unique scheme wherein a shagun of Rs 500 is given to every girl child born in the hospital followed by free of cost check-ups and treatment till 18 years.

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Health awareness drive
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 6
The Punarjot Eye Bank Society started a health education programme at the community centre, C-Block, near the Canal Bridge, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, during a medical check-up organised by the Senior Sikh Budhijivi Council (Regd) in Ludhiana.

Miss World Punjaban-2009, Mohit Inder Bawa, inaugurated the project. She pledged to donate her eyes after death.

Dr Ramesh stated that if diabetes and glaucoma were left untreated it could cause blindness. Subhash Malik, secretary, stated that this project would cover all villages and towns of Ludhiana.

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535 examined at medical camp
Our Correspondent

Raikot, April 6
A free medical camp was organised at Jalaldiwal village by Giani Nihal Singh foundation and Gadri Baba Dulla Singh in the memory of Numberdar Sukhdev Singh Deol.

The camp was inaugurated jointly by Comrade Mehar Singh Baddowal, Gurcharan Kaur and Gurdial Kaur Sidhu of the village.

As many as 535 patients were examined in the camp. About 35 patients were identified for operations. Dr Harminder Sandhu, Nirmal Punia, Jaswant Singh, Amar Singh, Ravinder Singh, Comrade Surinder Singh and Harpreet Singh extended their services in the camp.

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Anti-corruption council welcomes SC move
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 6
Members of the Anti-Corruption Council of India have welcomed the Supreme Court’s judgement in Sanjay Dutt’s case debarring him to contest the Parliamentary elections.

In a press note issued here today, Dr secretary general of the council Shiv Gupta said there was a dire need to check the criminals and collaborators from entering the state legislatures and Parliament.

Terming the judgement as a landmark he said the movement would help in shunning out criminals from the political system.

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Obeisance paid to Goddess Bhagwati
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 6
A number of devotees paid obeisance to Goddess Bhagwati amid chanting of bhajans by singer Neetu Chanchal at the annual ‘Chowki’ at the grain market here yesterday.

The programme was organised by the Luxmi Narayan Sewa Dal. Choreographic presentations of bhajans and spiritual plays, including Hanuman devotion, Krishan Sudama and Shiv marriage were appreciated by devotees.

Chanchal said religious functions were the only occasions where leaders of various parties interacted with each other irrespective of faith or differences.

“Ceremonies like jagran, chowki and nagar kirtan bring people from all sections of the society closer,” Chanchal added.

Representatives of various religious organisations attended the programme.

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SAD pursuing divisive agenda, says Tewari
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 6
Manish Tewari, national spokesman of the All-India Congress Committee and party candidate from the Ludhiana parliamentary constituency, while addressing a series of meetings in the Dakha Assembly segment along with former minister Milkiat Singh Dakha, pointed out that the Congress had always pursued a development agenda while the Akalis and the BJP had always been pursuing a divisive and disastrous one.

He urged the people to ensure that Dr Manmohan Singh returned as the Prime Minister for another term. Moreover, it was important for Punjab because he had special love for the land.

Referring to the SAD-BJP government in the state, Tewari said most of the people who were willing to invest in Punjab during the Congress regime fled as they were subjected to undue harassment.

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Four shanties gutted near Bhanohar village
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, April 6
About four shanties were destroyed in a fire that broke out near Bhanohar village here yesterday. Owner of these shanties, Baggi, also lives nearby.

He suspects it to be handiwork of a few miscreants as Gulam Ahamed Din, a 13-year-old child, was recuperating inside a shanty.

He was woken by the immense heat. When he rushed out of the shanty he saw all of them on fire.

The child had also seen a turbaned youth standing near the blazing shanties.

On being asked about the person responsible for setting shanties on fire, he thrashed the child and fled away, Baggi added.

Bagi said his household goods, including Rs 35,000 in cash, Rs 1 lakh worth gold, new motorcycle, TV besides other things were destroyed in a fire.

He suspects that a few persons, who are addicted to Marijuana, might have used fire for ignited a cigarette filled with it and thrown the burning stick.

Marijuana plants grow in plenty near his shanty and drug addicts frequent the place.

Baggi added that he had always objected to their presence for consuming the contraband.

He, however, thanked god as his son had taken all heads of cattle out for grazing otherwise all them would have died in the fire.

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Biz Word
Hotel opens chain
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 6
Life Hotels, a leisure hotel, has opened one of its chains at the Hambran Road here. On the occasion of its launch Sukhvinder Singh, MD, said: “The hotel offers facilities ranging from recreational business, fine dinning and sports for unlimited entertainment of the dedicated clientèle.”

LPG, CNG cars

General Motors will soon come out of the cars fitted with LPG and CNG kits by middle of this year. This was stated by General Motor’s India’s president and MD Karl Slym, who was in the city to launch Chevrolet-Ok pre-owned cars programme.

Talking to mediapersons, Slym said the new programme of pre-owned cars was being rolled out in a phased manner. The company would buy all brands of cars in exchanges of new cars from the Chevrolet stable.

Flagship store

Liberty has opened its new flagship store at Shastri Nagar. The store has wide rang of footwears with stylish look, designs and colours. The new comfort collection is specially designed with the use of latest technologies like tetra massage, push heel, bubble massage, wave massage that relaxes the muscles of feet and gives day long comfort.

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Drugs worth lakhs seized
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 6
The district drug inspector Rajesh Suri, and in charge anti-narcotic wing Sub-Inspector Harjinder Singh, confiscated drugs worth lakhs during a raid today in Sant tower near Pindi street, Ludhiana.

Pawan Kumar who is already facing a trial in Drug and Cosmetic Act for past one year was caught again with 1, 27500 tablets, 4,200 capsules, 473 syrups and 149 injections.

Rajesh said a case has been registered against Pawan under Section 18 of IPC. "Pawan doesn't have a license to purchase drugs but he manages to procure them by illegal means and sells them to people, including young boys and girls," drug inspector added. He also expressed his helplessness to take action against the culprit adding that there was no law for arresting such people.

It is pertinent to mention that a large number of non-licensed drug stores/chemists shops are being run by some unscrupulous elements in the city and rural areas but the government agencies responsible to take action against them are “inert”.

“The health department too adopts a pick and choose policy when it comes to conducting raids, as the key players behind the whole show of illegal sale of habit forming drugs have never been taken to task,” complained the owner of a chemist shop near Model Town.

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Brawl claims life
Section 302 to be added
Our Correspondent

Khamano, April 6
The Khamano Police is required to add Section 302 in the registered case after Mohinder Singh, who was injured in a brawl, died at GMCH-32, Chandigarh, on April 3 and the case was registered on April 4.

The dispute took place in which four persons Jagtar Singh, Varinder Singh, Gurmeet Singh and Skattar Singh had beaten up deceased Mohinder Singh on March 22 and a case was registered on March 25 under the Sections 451, 323, 325, 34 of the IPC.

He received internal injuries and died at the GMCH-32, Chandigarh. Fatehgarh Sahib SP Shamsher Singh Boparai visited the site and ordered the police to take an immediate action. The Khamano police arrested an accused, Jagtar Singh, and is looking for others.

The deceased was an old man and the dispute reportedly took place due to a piece of land.

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Graft: LIT officials seek bail
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 6
Avtar Singh Azad, executive officer of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) and superintendent Paramjit Singh today moved anticipatory bail applications before the sessions court in a corruption case.

The duo were booked under Section 13(1)(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act at the Civil Lines police station on April 4 following a written complaint of the Deputy Director of the local bodies department.

They were charged with extending “undue” help to an allottee in the Model Town scheme of the trust. Reportedly, the EO allowed the defaulter allottee to deposit instalments against rules in order to help him.

In their bail applications, the accused claimed that they did nothing wrong and the case was based on documentary evidence, which was already in the possession of the complainant and the prosecution agency.

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