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Saving Power
Malls, eateries make light of DM’s orders
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 29
The District Magistrate’s orders on closing shops, malls and all commercial establishments at 8 pm to tide over the power crisis were flouted with impunity in the entire city last evening.

Despite it being a Sunday, a number of shops, malls and commercial establishments were opened till late in the evening and no one seemed to care about the orders.

District Magistrate-cum-Deputy Commissioner Vikas Garg had on Saturday ordered that all establishments would remain closed from 8 pm to 10 am every day to save electricity. The orders are in place till July 31.

He had stated that the state was reeling under an acute power crisis and in these circumstances it had become the duty of everybody to contribute and help tide over the crisis.

He had also appealed to the people to comply with the orders in public interest.

A survey of city markets by a team of The Tribune last evening revealed that all malls were opened till 10 pm. Many shops were also opened and so were commercial offices.

Several banks and private establishments had not even bothered to switch off the glow sign boards.

These boards remained lit throughout the night although streetlights and fancy lights were switched off at the right time.

The shopkeepers, who were asked about flouting the orders, said they were unaware of any such directions. They said they had not been told about it by anyone.

“There was no announcement in this regard. There were no orders. We do not read newspapers so we do not know if there was any directive in this regard,” said Mehar Singh, a shopkeeper.

He added that the District Magistrate should have sent the orders to their unions so that these could have been conveyed to them properly.

Eating joints in the city did brisk business while staying open till late in the evening.

All roads seemed to lead to eateries and malls where people found respite from scorching heat, as these places always have uninterrupted power backup.


Meanwhile, officials take it easy
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 29
The directives to open all state government offices by 7.30 am were thrown out of the window on the first day today, with majority of officials sipping their bed tea while people started queuing up outside their offices.

A team of The Tribune visited many such government offices and found that the orders hadn’t been complied with.

Most of the top officers of the municipal corporation, including Joint Commissioner Mohinderpal Singh and XEN HS Khossa, were not present at their Mata Rani Chowk office by 7.35 am.

A handful of clerical staff, who managed to reach on time, gave scant regard to the complaints of the residents.

An employee said: “It is the first day after the directive and officers can be a little late also. We are there to help you.”

A similar scene was witnessed at the PSEB office at Fountain Chowk around 7.50 am, when no one from the office came forward to receive the bills of residents who had lined up at the billing counter.

Dilbag Rai, a resident of Krishna Nagar, said: “There is no electricity at home and there are no employees at the PSEB office to receive bills. I do not know how long I have to wait for the employees to come.”

Tirlok Sharma, Makhan Singh and Mohd. Shamshad, all residents, questioned the government’s wisdom in opening offices so early when employees only came at their usual time.

However, senior XEN, Civil Lines, Pardeep Sharma said: “The employees are already working overtime and conducting checks to curb ‘kundi’ connections. I have asked for written explanation from the employees who reached late at the office.” He claimed that the first bill was received at 7.55 am.

At mini secretariat, except for a few officials, no one was present in their respective offices by 8.05 am.

Even Deputy Commissioner Vikas Garg, DTO Chander Gaind, DEO Amarjit Kaur were absent from their offices.

Barring deputy DEO Versha Shukla, the subordinate staff of the education department was nowhere to be seen.

While at the district transport office, except for cashiers the rest of the staff were absent.

An employee of the DTO department, who had just stepped into the office, said officials had apparently not read the newspaper and were unaware of the changed timing.

Rajinder Singh, a resident of Jawadi, said: “It’s surprising how officials always know about the sudden holidays announced by the state government.”

Offices of all top police officials of the city, including SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill, SP-I Harsh Bansal, SP-II Sanehdeep Sharma and SP (headquarters) Harish Kumar were also found locked.

When the team reached the Improvement Trust building at Feroze Gandhi Market at 8.30 am, most of the employees who reached on time were spotted sitting outside.

A senior official said they had not yet received any order from the head office.

At MC zone-D office, Joint Commissioner BK Gupta was found hearing the grievances of people, while Commissioner GS Ghuman was yet to arrive till 8.45 am.



Gosain, Dhanda assert zero tolerance
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 29
Sat Pal Gosain, Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha and Harish Rai Dhanda, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, will continue their visits to different departments here in an endeavour to weeding out corruption.

A joint press release issued here today said: “We assure public that we are committed to giving clean administration. The government employees should also know that no corruption will be tolerated at any level. Corrupt officers will be given exemplary punishment if they indulge in corruption or do not give clean administration to people. Visit by us to any department should be viewed in that context.”

It added: “We want to tell the officers that they should co-operate with us in giving a clean administration. They should serve as public servants and serve people in that spirit. We will have zero-tolerance level on corruption.”



Traffic Blues-II
Bottlenecks major headache
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 29
Traffic bottlenecks, dharnas and langars, shrines and temple on the roadside have been a bane of motorists as these have been leading to frequent traffic jams on city roads.

The city roads are dotted by some major traffic bottlenecks. And the city police has been trying to solve this problem for decades, but in vain.

Jagraon, Domoria Bridge, Bharat Nagar Chowk, Bhaibala Chowk, Division No. 3, Gill Chowk, Samrala Chowk, Laxmi Cinema Chowk, Mata Rani Chowk and Clock Tower are some of the major traffic bottlenecks in the city.

Thanks to some ancient policies, blame game between the police and the MC and the increasing number of vehicles, these bottlenecks are turning into a major headache for the traffic police.

Also, Jagraon Bridge, Bharat Nagar Chowk, the road outside mini secretariat and Chatar Singh Park Chowk are the preferred venues for protesters, who hold dharnas and demonstrations there at will.

“Even politicians exploited these places during the recently concluded elections. These roundabouts are the lifeline of the city. Protesters know the importance of holding a dharna at these crucial points. If they block traffic there, the possibility of their demands being fulfilled is very high,” said Sanjiv Pandey, a resident of Sham Nagar.

The police has so far failed to regulate traffic during religious processions.

The old city area is the worst hit as most of the religious processions are taken out there, causing major traffic snarl-ups.

Shrines, temples and langars organised by devotees on the roadside are other major trouble spot which continue to hound motorists as well as the police.



City Concerns

Major GS Benipal (retd), a tehsildar, was beaten up inside his office, dragged out and stripped in full public view allegedly by some Akali youth wing activists in the city recently. For, he had “refused to register their revenue document out-of-turn”.

Interestingly, there has been a been a negligible, almost none, citizen reaction to the thrashing of a public servant. The incident puts a question mark on the security of a common citizen when even officers are not safe in their own workplace.

Ludhiana Tribune will like citizen reaction to the incident and lacunae in the administrative handling, if any, along with suggestions for improvement.

Responses, in not more than 200 words, can be mailed to ludhianaconcerns@tribunemail.com or sent to our city office at Bhadaur House, Ludhiana.



Brig Zora Singh to be honoured posthumously
Our Correspondent

Brig Zora Singh
Brig Zora Singh

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 29
The leaders of various social and educational organisations have decided to honour Brig Zora Singh posthumously for his contributions towards the development of the area and exemplary service in the defence forces.

His bhog ceremony would be held at Brahampur village, near here, tomorrow.

Ravinder Puri, councillor and president, journalists’ association, said it had been decided to institute a Brig Zora Singh Memorial Running Gold Trophy. He would be remembered for his contribution in bringing massive development to Brahampur, spreading education in the rural areas and promoting talent.

“Talent hunt programmes would be launched to fulfil his dreams. Workshops would also be held to inspire others to come forward,” he added.

Brig Singh, an alumnus of King George Royal Indian Military School, Jalandhar, joined the IMA, Dehradun, in December 1941. He played an exemplary role during the Kashmir Operation in 1948 and the Peace Keeping Mission in Congo in 1962.

He was also awarded the PVSM (Param Vashisht Sewa Medal) by the President of India on January 26, 1966.



Assault on Tehsildar
Revenue dept limps back to normalcy
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 29
The revenue department in the district today limped back to normalcy after remaining closed for a week on account of strike by revenue officials, who were demanding justice for tehsildar Major GS Benipal (retd).

However, the presence of people in the sub-registrar offices remained thin throughout the day.

Since the request of revenue officials to be provided with security was put down by the state government, anxiety was written large on the faces of officials on duty in different offices.

The state government had held that there were nearly 300 revenue officials in the state and it would not be possible to spare 600 odd security guards for them. Benipal was provided with the security on the second day of the incident only.

The revenue officials said since they had attended the offices after the incident today, their families were apprehensive of their safety. “Though we know that nothing of the sort would be repeated now as the strong action has sent a message very loud and clear, our families are little scared. We are also wary of any commotion taking place in the office,” said a revenue official.

Meanwhile, the SR offices did not witness a good rush, but Suvidha centre had a number of people queuing up at 7.30 am. All pending works of these people were cleared.



Immigration industry unwary of meltdown
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 29
The economic slowdown, which threatens to shake the very foundation of developed nations of the world, has failed to leave even a trace of impact on Indian immigration industry. With developed nations ageing at a rapid pace, which is projected to continue till 2025, ‘young’ India stands as a treasure of human resources.

Lt Col BS Sandhu (retd), chairman & managing director, World Wide Immigration Consultancy Services, says that global immigration is making waves as developed nations deal with aging populations and impending labour shortages. Many governments are implementing major changes to their immigration policies to ease them for influx of talented and hard working immigrants.

Talking about the industry, Sandhu says his consultancy services has provided placement and settlement to more than 70,000 people recently and has interacted with more than 5,000 North American companies to meet their human resource needs. He says that Canada and Australia are improving their immigration policies to respond to needs of employers and potential immigrants.

Since Canadian & Australian economy depends heavily on immigration to fill shortages in its labour market, applicants falling under Canada’s 38 Priority Occupation List (POL) and Australia’s Critical Skill List (CSL) are processed on fast-track system and applicants get decision within a short span of 12 months.

Brijendra Kumar, a student who wants to do hotel management course from Canada, says one could also qualify for permanent residency with the help of Arranged Employment Opinion or the Canadian Experience Class as far as Canadian immigration is concerned.

Besides, immigration companies are also helping professionals to immigrate to Denmark under the Danish Green Card Scheme. This point-based immigration enables the applicants to reach Denmark again within 6-12 months. Under the Tier -1 General Skilled Migration Program, the aspirants are helped to settle in the United Kingdom.



Loopholes in policies draining funds: Chawla
Inaugurates ESI Hospital
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, June 29
The loopholes exist in the policies framed by the government to provide health care to the public, as the funds go waste without providing the desired 
relief to the poor, the Health and Family Welfare Minister, Laxmi Kant Chawla, said.

The minister was here to inaugurate the ESI Hospital today. The hospital was set up in 1996, but the Complex had removed the foundation stone. Nearly 400 nurses would be appointed, Laxmi Kant Chawla said.

She added that around 160 specialists and 10 anaesthesia doctors were posted in dispensaries. The dispensaries did not require them, and thus, all had been transferred to their relevant posts now.

The minister said she had visited the Complex two months ago and had decided to provide infrastructure to this 50-bedded hospital. Now, 10 specialists had been recruited and the remaining posts would be filled soon.

She said the state government had adopted certain measures to weed out the menace of drug addiction. Moreover, the state government had seized drugs worth Rs 6 crore, whereas, during its five-year tenure, the Congress had only recovered drugs worth Rs 58 lakh.

Principal secretary AR Talwar, director health Dr YC Markhan, regional director of ESI Corporation, GC Gena, senior state medical commissioner, RK Mathur, civil surgeon Dr Satwant Kaur Bhalla, BJP district chief Lal Chand Jindal, former municipal council chief Bal Mukand Aggarwal, councillor Om Parkash Gupta and Rajiv Sood and BJP leader Ran Singh Khalsi were also present on the occasion. 



Rural water supply project, urban feeder linked up
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 29
Rurka village, which comes under the Alamgir sub division of Punjab State Electricity Board, has become the first village in Central zone (Ludhiana) to have its water supply project linked to urban feeder with uninterrupted power supply, except for scheduled power cuts.

BS Bath, engineer-in-chief, Central zone, PSEB, who linked the rural water project to the urban feeder, said the board was having a difficult time this year due to delayed monsoon and massive increase in demand for power in the state.

He appealed to the farmers to only use ISI- certified electrical motors, which were energy efficient. “The board has launched the voluntary disclosure scheme (VDS) for enhancing load of electrical motors installed by farmers.”

HS Randhawa, deputy chief engineer, East, apprised the residents of the water and power scarcity and asked them to conserve power and water.

He said the increasing gap between the demand and availability of power had necessitated power cuts across the state and the people should bear with the board till the situation improved.

Village sarpanches Budh Ram and Rajinder Singh Virk said the distribution and transmission system must be strengthened and load on transformers should be regulated in such a way that overloading did not cause disruptions.

Kulwant Singh Sandhu, executive engineer, Lalton Kalan division, Parminder Singh, SDO, Sarinh, SK Gupta, Raghbir Singh Sanghowal, Surinder Singh Virk, Balwinder Singh Bajwa, Harinder Singh Bhangu, Karnail Singh, Major Singh, Mehar Singh, Bikkar Singh, Harpal Singh, Balbir Singh, Rachpal Chand Sharma, Ajit Singh Ladian and Harmel Singh Pehalwan were present.



Swimming in hot weather can spell trouble: Docs
May cause ear, sinus problems in kids
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 29
With parents enthusiastically sending their wards for swimming in the scorching weather, cases of ear and sinus problems have been rising. Doctors are suggesting the swimmers to take necessary precautions in this regard.

Dr Manish Munjal, professor, department of ear, nose and throat, Dayanand Medical College, said it was seen that ear problems outnumbered sinus ailments and that, too, in the under-12 age group, during the swimming season.

He observed that chlorinated water of swimming pools or dirty water of streams or ponds entered the nose, mostly of the beginners, which resulted in sinus.

The water irritated the lining of the nose, which caused sneezing, nasal discharge, fever, pain and headache.

He advised the starters to avoid entry of water in the nose and sinuses by not sniffing forcefully when underwater, keeping head above water and practicing breath holding with and without nose pinching.

He said children usually attended the morning and evening shifts during vacation, spending maximum hours in pool, thereby leading to retention of water in the ear canal. This leads to collection of white or black soft debris, mostly fungus in the canal, causing heaviness, blocked ears and reduced hearing.

The uneasiness or itching experienced made one scratch the ear canal vigorously with finger nails, ear buds, hair pins, keys, oil pins, toothpicks, anything one could lay ones hands upon, he added.

The fissures created due to scratching lead to excessive growth of bacteria and ear discharge varying from watery to milky, to yellow-to-yellow green depending on the severity of infection resulting in severe ear pain, said Dr Munjal.

He advised that a specialist should check ears before the season to remove any wax and exclude any perforation of the drum.

Earplugs of a special material and appropriate size should be used, which have a tendency to retain moisture, he added.

He advised that if one has a nose or ear infection, it was better to postpone entering the pool, as it could worsen their condition and could even infect others. 



Water Scarcity: Residents cry foul
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 29
Residents of wards located far off from the main overhead water-storage tank, are crying foul for not getting adequate water supply for weeks together. Unavailability of water has hampered the sewage system, too.

Family members of functionaries in the municipal council, which is supposed to ensure supply, are also among the sufferers.

Unable to manage running of the civic body tube wells according to needs of the residents, councillors of hard-hit wards have started supplying water to residents by running submersible pumps at their residences and commercial establishments.

The Tribune found out that residents had been facing water scarcity for the past few weeks. What to talk of storing water in tanks installed on rooftops, they were not even getting enough water for bath and washing utensils and clothes.

Numerous residents were seen going to their friends and relatives’ houses in other parts of the town for getting ready for the day. So much so, head of the families who were reluctant in sending their wards to canals and ponds for taking baths earlier, have started allowing them to do so.

Mistaking problem to be related with blockade of supply pipes, a large number of residents engaged plumbers to get their connections rectified, but to no avail.

While men were trying to evade situation by staying away from their houses, condition of women has become pathetic. In order to keep kitchens running, they depute children to bring water from schools and religious places where generators are used for running tube wells and filling the overheard storage tanks.

Terming intermittent power cuts to be a reason behind the water scarcity, Usha Rani Sood claimed, she along with other colleagues had made temporary arrangements to tackle the situation. Besides coordinating with PSEB officials for improving the power supply, she has directed officials to reschedule timings of running tube wells.

Councillors Bimal Kumar Sharma and Khushi Mohammad, who own dairies, have started supplying water to residents in milk tankers.



Development works take off
Tribune News Service

Khanna, June 29
Development work of various projects was initiated by the president of the Municipal Council, Iqubal Singh, here today. Besides ensuring cemented drains and parks to the residents, he said parks would be maintained on Amloh road also.

A number of residents attended the function at Preet Nagar on Amloh road, where in Iqubal Singh spoke about various developmental projects. He promised that the drains would be cemented at Preet Nagar, where no such work had been initiated for a long time.

Iqubal Singh added that the parks would be maintained by spending extra money from the budget of the Municipal Council.

He said Rs 16.82 lakh would be spent upon the developmental works at Preet Nagar.



Potable Water: Villagers vow to assist World Bank project
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 29
Residents of certain villages of the Kilaraipur Assembly constituency have vowed to associate themselves with the World Bank project to ensure availability of clean drinking water to residents of 100 villages in its first phase.

This comes following an appeal made by SAD leaders led by Dakha MLA Darshan Singh Shivalik and former minister Jagdish Singh Garcha.

Interacting with a team of officials of the water supply and sanitation department and SAD leaders during a road show organised at the Lohgarh-Jodhan road yesterday, residents of Narangwal, Jodhan, Dhaipaie, Gujjarwal, Mansooran and Mehma Singh Wala villages vowed to ensure the success of the scheme.

Appreciating the concern of the government to provide safe drinking water, Nirmal Singh, a Narangwal resident, said it was high time that people understood the significance of conserving resources, including water.

“We vow to not let a single drop of go waste, as we know that a lot of money is being spent to procure it in pure form,” said Nirmal Singh while talking to The Tribune after the road show.

Earlier, Shivalik and Garcha appealed to the residents to help the government achieve the target of providing clean drinking water to all by 2012.

A World Bank project at the cost of Rs 1280.30 crore had been launched to provide healthy sanitary conditions and pure drinking water to residents of 100 villages of the state in the first phase.

Programme director and superintendent engineer, Ludhiana, AK Soni said the Narangwal Gram Panchayat Water and Sanitation Committee had deposited its share of Rs 3.66 lakh and work on the Rs 49.20-lakh project would start soon.

Kasabad, Noorwala, Ladian Khurad, Kot Gangu Rai, Hussainpura and Bajra were the other villages where work on the project had been started.



Two sportspersons felicitated
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 29
Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana, honoured two students who excelled in various disciplines of sports during the last academic session.

These students, Ranjodh Kaur and Gauravdeep Singh, were given scholarship for their achievements in sports during a function organised on the college campus, in which Avtar Singh Makkar, president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee and the Nankana Sahib Education Trust, was the chief guest.

Ranjodh Kaur, best athelete of the college and captain of the Punjab Technical University cross- country team, had represented the university in the All-India Inter-University Cross Country Race held at Rohtak.

She also won gold medal in 1500m, 2km, 4000m mass start in the PTU Inter-College Cycling Championship besides clinching top honours in 1500m and 100m hurdles in the inter-college athletics meet.

Gauravdeep Singh was also adjudged the best athlete and established a new meet record in the 800m race.

He, too, won gold medal in 800m race during the Punjab Technical University Inter- College Athletics Meet.

Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, chairman, Punjab Mandi Board, along with trustees of the Nankana Sahib Education Trust, Harsurinder Singh Gill, Gurmail Singh Sangowal, members of SGPC, Dr Manohar Singh Saini and principal of Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College were present at the function.



From PAU
Farmers told to sow maize, soyabean
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 29
In view of the hot weather and delayed monsoon, scientists of Punjab Agricultural University have advised farmers to give adequate attention to paddy crop.

According to head of the agronomy department, Dr US Walia, the fields of paddy might develop cracks due to hot and dry weather. This should be avoided by keeping the soil wet.

The farmers, who are yet to transplant paddy, might wait for a couple of days, he added.

Scientists of Punjab Agricultural University also asked the farmers to cultivate alternative crops in spite of paddy such as maize, soybean, moong and arhar. The time is right for sowing maize crop and soybean crops. Farmers can reap profits by sowing the university-recommended varieties of maize and soybean.

Course for IAS officers

A two-day training course for IAS officers started at Punjab Agricultural University here today. In the inaugural session, officiating director of extension education, Dr DS Dhillon, apprised the officers of the role of the university in improving agriculture in the state and its contribution towards rural upliftment.

Director of research Dr PS Minhas spoke about the research programmes of the university. He discussed the future research priorities of the university.

Head, department of vegetables, Dr DS Cheema, and head, department of horticulture, Dr JS Bal, respectively, spoke about the problems and prospects of vegetable and fruit cultivation in Punjab.

Head, department of forestry, Dr Avtar Singh, spoke about the importance of forestry in the state. The course, which has been organised by the directorate of extension education, will conclude on June 30.



Doc stresses voluntary blood donation
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 29
Dr Sat Pal Sharma, civil surgeon, during a function yesterday emphasised the need to promoting voluntary blood donation. The function was organised by district branch of the Indian Red Cross Society to honour blood donors and organisations that organised blood donation camps regularly under the auspices of the Red Cross Regional Blood Bank last year.

He stressed that people ought to understand the importance of blood donation and should come forward voluntarily to donate blood.

As many as 35 NGOs and 10 donors were felicitated at the function.

Deputy director, small savings-cum-honorary secretary of District Red Cross Society, AK Sharma, said the message of voluntary blood donation had to be conveyed to a large number of people, so that voluntary blood donation could become a mass movement.

"Our blood collecting team has been going to far-off places such as Budhlada, Mansa, Sardoolgarh, Bathinda, Nawanshehar and Mukatsar for collecting blood."

He further said the district branch of the Red Cross Society was running a “bal bhawan” in Sarabha Nagar here. This institution accommodated healthy children of leprosy parents and poor children from all over Punjab. The children were provided free boarding, lodging, education facility and medical care. At present, there are 78 children in this institution.

Moreover, a senior citizen home being run by the society since 1982, was a unique activity of the Red Cross Society, and probably the first established in India. It aims at providing life to men or women who suffered from problems of old age and loneliness.

Similarly, the society was also running a “School for the Deaf and Dumb”. Trained staff had been engaged, especially for giving general education to the hearing or speech-impaired kids in a scientific manner. At the same time, the children were provided vocational training in different trades such as furniture and canning work, wax candle making, carpentry, tailoring, and embroidery. The school has 41 children at present.



Pig farmers meet at vet varsity
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 29
The monthly meeting of the Progressive Pig Farmers’ Association (PPFA) was held at the silver jubilee block of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU).

As many as 40 pig farmers participated in this meeting.

The problems of pig farmers were discussed by the university experts.

A special lecture on “swine flu” was delivered by Dr Rajnish Sharma, assistant professor, veterinary public health department.

Dr Sharma said swine flu was a respiratory disease, which could spread from a diseased person to a healthy one. He stressed that pig meat should be consumed only after proper cooking.

He said protection from this disease could be achieved by adopting healthy habits such as cleaning hands properly, using handkerchief while sneezing, avoiding contact with a diseased animal and timely consultancy from family physician.

Further, clean and hygienic measures should be adopted at pig farms and entry of visitors should be restricted.

Dr HK Verma, professor and head, department of veterinary and animal husbandry extension, said the monthly meeting for pig farmers was organised by the PPFA on every fourth Thursday of the month.

The PPFA has around 250 members.

He said the attitude of farmers was changing towards pig farming and many new pig farms were coming up.

He also advised the farmers to follow scientific guidelines of the veterinary university for achieving maximum profit.



Role of arthroscopy emphasised
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 29
With an aim to propagating the arthroscopic techniques or minimally invasive surgery in orthopaedics in the northern region, the Indian Arthroscopy Society organised a workshop on “Basic Arthroscopy” here yesterday.

Dr Harpreet S Gill, senior consultant and head of the orthopaedics department, SPS Apollo Hospital, who was the course coordinator, said these techniques were useful for healing the injuries of sportspersons and general public as well.

“Arthroscopists can treat the knee and shoulder injuries without doing an open surgery that lessen the tissue trauma, and thus, early revival of function.”

He also spoke about shoulder injuries and the role of arthroscopy in their treatment.

Dr IPS Oberoi, national convener, Arthroscopy Learning Centre, New Delhi, said such courses were being organised all over India. These helped the orthopaedic surgeons in upgrading their knowledge and skills. He further said neglecting shoulder and knee ligament or soft tissue injuries could initiate early onset of arthritis. He further dwelt upon the treatment of knee meniscus injuries.

Dr VB Bhasin, head of arthroscopy unit at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, spoke about the treatment of recurrent dislocations of the shoulder and knee ligament reconstruction. Dr Rajnish Garg, associate professor of Orthopaedics at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, discussed knee anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.

Around 50 orthopaedic surgeons of the region attended the course.



Credit camp by Oriental Bank
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 29
A credit camp for farmers of Ludhaina and Moga districts was conducted by the Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) here. Around 1,100 farmers and self-help groups were given loan worth Rs 72 crore.

The camp was inaugurated by Alok K Misra, chairman and managing director, Oriental Bank of Commerce, along with Vikas Garg, deputy commissioner, Ludhiana, Satwant Singh Johal, deputy commissioner, Moga, Dr DS Dhillon, director of extension education, PAU, AK Tangri, general manager, head office, New Delhi, NK Chauhan, deputy general manager, regional office, Ludhiana and various managers of branches of OBC in the district.

A cultural programme, including skits and choreography on social evils, was presented by students of Punjab Public School.

Alok K Misra said the bank was laying special focus on lending to various segments of priority sector like agriculture, micro, small and medium enterprises, education and housing. 



Nanda Dhan Pothohar Brotherhood chief
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 29
NS Nanda was re-elected as the president of the Dhan Pothohar Brotherhood, Punjab, for the ninth executive term, here today.

Speaking on the occasion, Nanda paid rich tributes to Master Tara Singh, who sacrificed his life for the Sikh community and development of Punjabi language.

A food festival, “Mela Pothohar Da,” was also organised in which Punjabi delicacies were prepared.

An exhibition of phulkari, bags, books and other articles was also held.



Novel way to remember King of Pop

Paying his tributes to Michael Jackson, Phillaur-based artist Yash Momi made a tiny sketch of the King of Pop on his nail. He was an inspiration for all generations. “Jackson was known for both his singing and dancing abilities and the world had lost a genius and a true ambassador of not only pop music, but of all music,” said Momi. Now the sound of silence prevails and an era has come to an end with his death. “We are lucky to be a part of that generation where Michael sang to glory,” he added.

Melons make way for mangoes

For about last three or four weeks one came across heaps of musk melons on the roadside with sellers doing brisk business. Some vendors could also be seen selling the sweet and juicy musk melons on push carts or even bicycles all over the city. However, in the last few days, the king of fruits -- mango -- has made a grand entry as musk melons are sparingly available.

Earlier, it were only safeda, totapari, chausa and langra varieties, which were selling in the market, but now dussehri variety, the most sought after among all varieties of mango, has also hit the fruit shops and roadside markets. It is the dussehri variety of mango, which hundreds of vendors load in net bags or sling across their bicycles and move around offering the king of fruit, that too at a reasonable price.

Minister jeered at

Punjab Cabinet Minister for Jails, Tourism and Cultural Affairs Hira Singh Gabria had to face some embarrassing moments when members of industry presented him with a bouquet at a function in the city recently.

Accepting the bouquet with a smile and humility, which he is known for, the minister curiously asked the reason for which the flowers were being presented to him. Much to his discomfort, the industrialists told him that the government had sent them on a forced holiday by ordering closure of their factories due to power shortage.

The minister lost his cool and told those indulging in “Gandhigiri” to complain to those whom they had voted for in the Lok Sabha election. Apparently, Gabria has forgotten that it was the state government which had the responsibility of making power supply available and it was the father-son duo of Badals who had been making tall claims of providing uninterrupted power supply to the people of Punjab during Lok Sabha polls.

Cattle productivity

Ignorance of a mediaperson about the reasons of low productivity of cattle during summer months forced a dairy farmer to explain the entire production cycle of cattle. Embarrassed and scared as to why the over-inquisitive journalist was enquiring so deeply into the issue, the farmer concluded with an innocent remark: “This is all nature’s doing, we have no role whatsoever in the cattle productivity being low or high,” he said, invoking an impromptu laughter from all 
those present.

Annoying power cuts

The long duration of power cuts are now getting on the nerves of city residents. All topics end with condemning the state government for bringing the worst power situation in Punjab. Irritated due to unannounced long power cuts, a five-year-old daughter of a friend asked her mother when would the light come.

As her mother had no answer to the question and she, too, was irritated due to the hot weather, she told her daughter bluntly that she had no idea. The daughter went to another room and brought her mother’s mobile phone. She told her mother to call Prashad (Parkash) Singh Badal and ask him when would he send electricity. The mother said, “Alas! If only Mr Badal could listen to your request.”

Unfruitful holidays

Ludhianvis, who plan their holiday packages months in advance, seemed to be disappointed this time due to hot and sultry weather at most of the hill stations. The ones who had gone to Shimla, Mussoorie, Nainital, Manali, etc termed their holidays to be OK in absence of rains and pleasant weather.

“Mornings and late evenings were pleasant. Otherwise we were confined to our hotels for most of the times. But that’s nature, you cannot blame anyone for it,” said a couple, who returned from Nainital recently.

Contributed by: Manav Ghuman, Kuldip Bhatia, Charu Chhibber, Shivani Bhakoo



City Concerns 
Men in uniform should act as deterrent

Eve-teasing seems to have become a part of our daily lives, even in the city. The police can’t be posted everywhere and a number of youngsters are engaged in such activities on every nook and cranny of the city. Markets, particularly, in the evening are abuzz with activities like eve teasing. The fact that a majority of the cases go unreported because the girls are not forthcoming in reporting the matter to the police for one reason or the other. Here is what a cross section of Ludhiana residents has to say on the issue

Numerous cases of eve-teasing as well as complaints of sexual harassments in the public places have been rising rapidly. Further, due to frequent obscene comments of passers by, it becomes difficult for the fairer sex to drive, travel and even shop at a particular place or destination. Combing operations should be stepped up against the eve-teasers to root out the evil. Besides, the police department should form special teams, each comprising two women constable, with logistical support given by men in the uniform. These women constable must travel in buses, trains as well as stationed every nook and cranny. Further, the uniformed men should trail them.

Pawan Kumar Jain, Ahmedgarh

Deal sternly

Eve teasing is a heinous crime against society and should not be accepted as a part of life at any cost. It is slackness on the part of the administration that such a crime is on the rise in the city. It is a shame that women feel insecure on the roads of Ludhiana. The administration should rise to the occasion to crush such a menace with a heavy hand. Police personnel in plain clothes should be posted at all important areas immediately and no “sifarish” should be accepted of anybody whosoever influential he/she may be. The culprits so nabbed should be paraded in main bazaars of the city with their faces blackened and their names should be published in the local dailies with photographs. The local residents who come to help the fair sex should be given a commendation certificate by the administration. The schools and colleges should include a regular period in their curriculum to imbibe the need of social responsibilities of young folk towards society.

RR Katyal

Behavioural change

Eve teasing is a rampant social evil. It is pervasive- beaches, roads, cinema halls, buses and sadly even in educational institutions. When eve teasing persists in the educational institutions, one can infer that even educated youth don’t necessarily desist from indulging in this uncouth behaviour. Eve teasing is a social crime where perpetrators and victims are ordinary people. There is no easy way of rounding up everyone concerned and settling the issue. Schools and colleges could discipline students for such activities on campus, but this only induces them to indulge in such acts outside the campus. Eve teasing also portrays a bad image of the country among tourists. The immeasurable damage to a woman’s self-esteem and subsequent avoidance of public places by women could hardly take us on the way to achieving gender equality. A behavioural change is the only lasting solution to this problem. This requires an extensive public education aimed at every section of society at large.

Rama Sharma, Ludhiana

Sustained campaign

The intention behind eve teasing is to catch a girl’s eye and to arouse attention in some way and more importantly harassment is an early manifestation of patriarchal masculinity. Gender segregation and a “boys will be boys” attitude further this behaviour. Innumerable movies show that eve teasing eventually wins a girl’s attention. Changing this behaviour is easy to say than to do. However, if things are left alone, they could hardly get better. Active solutions should be sought. For starters, a massive sustained campaign by women’s organisations highlighting this evil must be initiated. Students in the colleges should specifically be counselled. Debates on the issue must be organised in the colleges, TV shows, etc., with responsible moderators, who would listen and reason an argument instead of sounding outright biased. Eve teasing is not just a college girl’s problem.

It leads to insecurity for parents or to even anyone whose loved one undergoes this. A civilised society cannot afford to ignore such an issue.

Eve teasing deserves to be tackled actively. Eradicating eve teasing will help women access public places fearlessly and will further gender equality in India.

Simran, Ludhiana



Husband booked for sending obscene messages
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 29
A man has been booked for sending obscene messages and photographs to his estranged wife. In her complaint to the Latala Chowki in-charge, Kulwant Kaur of Barundi village claimed that she was married around 10 years ago to Amrik Singh of Mandiani village. Her husband was employed with the CISF. She had two children out of the wedlock.

Their relations strained around two years ago and she started living with her parents at Barundi village. Around a year ago, she filed a petition for divorce in the Ludhiana courts.

She alleged that her husband had been sending her obscene text messages and photographs. She claimed that he had also been threatening her with dire consequences and eliminating her and the children.

The Latala police has booked Amrik Singh under Sections 506 and 509 of the IPC. No arrest has been made so far.



Truck hits poles
Samrala goes ‘powerless’ for 10 hrs
Tribune News Service

Samrala, June 29
Samrala residents today witnessed power cuts for more than 10 hours after a truck, loaded with liquor boxes, collided with the electricity poles. According to sources, a truck coming from Khanna hit a stationed truck near the PSEB complaint centre this morning.

The truck stationed on the road collided with electric poles and snapped all electric wires. The driver of the truck coming from Khanna fled from the scene and a case in this connection was registered in this connection against him.

The police officials said the truck was on its way towards Jammu. The driver was identified as Dalvinder Singh of Banur. Some parts of Samrala failed to get electricity till the evening and efforts were on to restore power.



1 held for killing employer
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, June 29
Two workers of a mill, Ravindera tubes, allegedly murdered their employer Mahesh Kumar (45), a resident of Hisar, late last night over the issue of salary hike.

Following a tiff between the accused and the victim, the latter was first beaten up and later his throat was slit by a sickle. The victim died on the spot. On the statement of supervisor of the mill Raj Kumar, the police has registered a case against Raju from Uttar Pradesh and Rahul from Bihar under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC.

While Rahul had been arrested, his co-accused would soon be nabbed, said the police.



3-year-old run over by jeep
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 29
A 3-year-old girl was crushed to death by a jeep at Kishore Nagar, Chandigarh road, here yesterday. The deceased has been identified as Mansi, a resident of Nangal, who was visiting her relatives, along with her parents.

The incident took place yesterday morning when she was playing on a street, along with other children of the colony.

A jeep, belonging to a mobile tower company, entered the street and hit the girl. The girl died on the spot. While the driver managed to escape, the vehicle was seized by the residents.



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