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MC goes slow on PUDA Act violators
Manvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
Though more than two years have passed since the Punjab and Haryana High Court ordered the state government to clear the violations on schedule roads and bypass, the municipal corporation is yet to complete the process of serving the notices to the violators of the PUDA Act.

According to information, while hearing a civil writ petition the Punjab and Haryana High Court had more than two years back ordered the state government to implement the PUDA Act of 1995 in all cities by removing violations. Under the Act it is mandatory that 16.5 feet of land must be kept vacant on every building constructed on schedule roads. Similarly, at bypass 100 metre of land should be left vacant in every building.

After the directives of the court the state government had asked the MC to identify the major violations on the scheduled roads, which included the Ferozepur road, GT Road and Jalandhar bypass along with Mohan Dai Hospital.

After identifying thousands of violations in the city the MC had started the drive of serving notices to the violators about two years back, after which the demolition drive was to be carried on. However, as the buildings of many influential persons also lie on these roads so, under their alleged pressure, instead of taking any action the MC adopted a slow pace towards it.

Sources in the building branch of the civic body revealed that though the C and D zones of the civic body had completed the process of serving the notices, the A and B zones were yet to complete the process.

However, due to the regular pressure of filing the reply in the court the MC had once again started serving notices to the violators under which A zone had served a large number of notices yesterday. When asked to comment on the matter, Senior Town Planner of the civic body Balkar Singh Brar asserted that following the orders of the court they had already served the notices to all violators and action would also be initiated soon.

PUDA Act, 1995

Under the Act, it is mandatory that 16.5 feet of land must be kept vacant on every building constructed on schedule roads. Similarly,, at every bypass 100 metres of land should be left vacant in every building


Mayor seeks Rs 100 cr for city’s development
Finish projects by Nov 2011, Sukhbir Badal tells MC
Manvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
Keeping in view the Assembly polls in 2012, the Municipal Corporation (MC) Mayor has sought a grant of ` 100 crore for development of the city from Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.

The latter, while giving his assurance on the amount sought, has asked the civic body to finish the ongoing development works by November 2011.

MC Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura and Commissioner AK Sinha, along with other officers of the civic body, met the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal during his visit in the city on Saturday.

At the short meeting, the MC Mayor asked the Deputy CM to give a grant of ` 100 crore so that the development of the city could be ensured in a better manner before the assembly elections of 2012. Both Giaspura and Sinha also apprised the Deputy CM of the ongoing developmental works in the city, which would be beneficial to city residents.

Though Sukhbir Singh Badal assured the MC top brass that he would issue a grant of ` 100 crore by the first month of next year. However, taking a stern stand on the ongoing developmental works in the city, he set a fresh deadline for the MC to complete the work. He asked both Sinha and Giaspura to ensure that the work on the ongoing projects like the Gill Chowk Flyover, Pratap Chowk Flyover, Lakkar Bridge Railway Over Bridge, under passes at Aggar Nagar and District Administrative Complex, covering of nullah along with Gurudwara Dukh Niwaran and others are completed by the November next year. Sukhbir Badal also told them that no laxity of any sort would be tolerated in the developmental works.

Confirming it, Giaspura expressed the hope that with the pouring in of Rs 100 crore early next year, they would be able to expedite the development works in the city. Regarding the deadline set by Deputy CM, he said they would be completing the projects even before November next year, which would give a big reprieve to the residents from traffic congestion and other problems. "We will ensure the all-round development of the city with the help of state government," he added.

Status of projects

l Gill Chowk: Project prepared in 2006, but the actual work started in 2008. The status of the work remains pending as only one portion has been made operational.

l Lakkar Bridge ROB: Started in 1997 only to be abandoned a year later. Work restarted in 2008 and is expected to be complete by mid-next year.

l Covering of nullah along Dukh Niwaran gurdwara: Project started in 2006 but abandoned a year later. Though the Deputy CM had laid down the stone of restarting the work early this year, work is yet to resume.



Fear of humiliation made schoolgirls flee
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
A profound desire to escape the trauma of having to face their "poor" test results and consequent humiliation at school and home made BCM students Kajal and Sneha flee.

The girls, who are both good friends and Class VI students, wanted to run away from the school and home and go to a place where they would be safe from any kind of reprimand for scoring low marks in their test, the result of which was declared on the fateful day of December 9.

The girls, aged 11 and 12, were recovered from Haridwar yesterday in the wee hours after they had run away after their school got over on Thursday afternoon.

The incident that has sent shock waves across the city has deeply affected both the families who concede that their wards have "always been very average students, often scoring less marks".

Both families also admit that the kids were scolded at home for getting poor marks "but very mildly".

"We never went to the extremes in our reprimands. All we wanted was that in case the child is not paying enough attention to her studies, she should start doing so," said Sneha's father Dharminder Pal.

Kajal's father Aman Behl added, "We realise that children are tender and can go awry with extreme punishments. But we did no know that mild scolding would create such fear in her mind that she would take the drastic step." Both fathers disclosed that the girls had, apparently, not performed well in their class test and were expecting below expectation marks.

"They knew that the results will be out on Thursday. So they had planned to run away after school itself," said the fathers. The families, still in a state of shock, said the girls are remorseful and have been crying.

"The police party which recovered our children in Haridwar told us that my child was crying incessantly. They told me that it looked as of she had been crying for hours. Perhaps there was realisation that what they were doing was wrong. In fact I feel, it was peer pressure that drove her to that extreme," remarked Sneha's father, pleading that he just wants to forget the incident.

"Our girls are safe and back home with us. We are thankful to the Almighty. I just pray that all goes well at the school on Monday," he said, adding that the school authorities had summoned them for a meeting on December 13.

Kajal's father Aman Behl, too, wants to forget the horrific incident. "I shudder at the thought of what could have happened. We are fortunate that our kids are safe," said the shocked father, his voice choking with emotion.

They wanted to go to Delhi

The girls' logic was simple: "Not returning home for a day would save us from scolding at our homes."

The choice of place was obvious: "Delhi is an oft-heard city and everybody seems to be going there so we should also go there."

As fate would have it, the students did not find any bus going to Delhi. Hence, instead the girls boarded a Haridwar-bound bus. Like Delhi, Haridwar, too, was an oft-heard name for Kajal. Her maternal aunt lives in Haridwar.

However, after boarding the bus, the girls decided against going to Kajal's aunt's place. All they wanted was to escape from home.

Pocket money helped

Kajal's father disclosed that the child had saved her monthly pocket money of Rs 250, which facilitated the girls' escape to Haridwar. "They bought the bus tickets from their pocket money," he said.

Speaking out



Consultation in general OPDs
DMCH gets strict with specialists
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
The management of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) has issued an order against the registration of the patient with general OPD card in private OPD on the same day.

This has been done following a story carried in Ludhiana Tribune on December 2 pertaining to the complaints against consultants/specialists who were not attending to the patients in general out patient department (OPD) hours.

The management has specifically asked the consultants and specialists to examine patients with general OPD cards even during the private OPD hours without charging them extra money. The consultants and specialists will not see patients in private OPDs on their general OPD days.

The office order, dated December 3, signed by the DMCH principal Dr Daljit Singh and OPD in charge and Dean Academics Dr Rajoo Singh Chhina, was sent to the medical superintendents, vice-principal, head of the departments, OPD in charge and billing section.

Patients coming from far-off districts of Punjab and outer states, including Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, J & K, had to suffer on account of the absence of the specialists from their chambers during the general OPD hours.

Said the secretary DMCH Prem Gupta, "The patients who are registered in general OPD before 1.30 but are unable to meet the consultant/specialist due to some reason will now be examined in private OPD on the same day. The patients will not have to go for white card to get registered in private OPD for Rs 350, but will be examined under their pink cards made in general OPD for Rs 30," the secretary went on to add. He also said that the consultants and specialists at the DMCH were highly paid so that they should impart their duties with utmost sincerity. "The DMCH is working in favour of the patients as there is free OPD facility for poor patients for two hours every day i.e. 2 pm to 4 pm wherein the people get themselves examined free of cost," the secretary said.

He also said that the hospital authorities were in the process of curtailing the rates of the laboratory tests after going through the "comparative rates" mentioned in the story carried in Ludhiana Tribune in November.



19-year-old gangraped
Our Correspondent

Samrala December 11
A 19-year-old girl was abducted and gangraped by some youths last night. After the incident, the miscreants threw her near Ranwan Sahib gurdwara. She was spotted in the wee hours by some residents of Ranwan village in semi-conscious condition near the premises of the gurdwara.

The woman, who had come to pay obeisance at the gururdwara sahib noticed the girl and informed the gurdwara officials. The matter was reported to the Khamano police. The girl identified herself as a resident of Berma village, near Samrala.

The Khamano police called up the victim’s parents and later the matter was shifted to the Samrala police station. The girl stated that around 11 pm she came out of her house to answer the nature’s call. In the meantime, Rana, a youth of the same village, and Harbans, a resident of Samrala, abducted her with the help of some other youths in a car.

The abductors took her to an abandoned place near the village and raped her. She became unconscious and in the early morning the youths threw her near the village gurdwara.

The Samrala police has registered a case under Sections 363, 366, 376 and 34 of the IPC against Rana, Harbans and other unidentified youths. The girl was sent to the civil hospital, Samrala, for medical check-up. The Samrala police was conducting raids to nab the alleged rapists. According to some villagers, the girl belongs to a poor Dalit family.



Ryanites eye Limca Book of Records
Created world's largest piece of handmade recycled paper in school on Saturday
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
With an eye on Limca Book of Records, as many as 146 students of Class IX of Ryan International School created the world's largest piece of handmade recycled paper on the school premises here today.

The prodigious project was given shape in the presence of the entire school staff, students, school principal and chairman, chief guest and a team of senior representatives from the Limca Book of Records.

The students made a handmade recycled sheet measuring 1052 square feet in front of an august gathering within a short span of 2.5 hours.

Interestingly, the enthusiastic students managed to surpass their own initial target of a creating a sheet measuring 750 sq ft.

"With their feat, the students have laid a claim to the first-of-its-kind Limca Book of Records. The previous record stands in the Guinness Book of World Records of a similar sheet measuring 675 sq ft," informed school principal Gurpreet Kaur Sandhu.

She added that the sheet created by students was measured in front of a team from the Limca Book of Records, which comprised senior executive VVR Murthy.

"The record will appear in the 2012 edition of the Limca Book of Records," said Sandhu.

The proud principal said the motive behind the effort was to create mass awareness about ecological sensitivity through the children's effort. The students nodded in agreement: "If our effort can make a difference to the way people think, and force them to adopt an eco-friendly form of paper which is the recycled paper that we are creating here today, we would we very proud of ourselves," exclaimed a bunch of excited participants.

Another group of students added, "And an entry into the coveted Limca Book of Records would be the icing on the cake of our efforts."

The school principal and students informed that earlier, as part of class activities, they used to create such sheets of recycled paper but in smaller dimensions.

"This time, we thought, it would be a great way to create mass awareness so we decided to go ahead with the plan," disclosed Sandhu, adding that there was a latent noble gesture linked to the activity.

Talking about the part, she said the sheet created today would be used in various art and craft activities in different classes to make items like paper bags, envelops, pen holders etc.

"These items will then be put on sale during the school's annual exhibition and the proceeds from their sale will go towards charity;, may be towards the welfare of the inmates of an orphanage," Sandhu said.

Second time

The Ryanites' effort, if recorded in the Limca Book of Records, will be the second one for the school. The previous record was created by Class VI students in December 2008 in which they made the world's largest sandwich. The school holds the record which is set to be published in the 2010 edition of the Limca Book of Records.



Birmi seeks more police security
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
Former Congress MLA and jail minister Malkiat Singh Birmi has asked for more security from the police while the latter has expressed “helplessness” in providing additional security guards to him.

Talking to The Tribune, Birmi said a few days back he had spoken to Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh for providing more security guards to him as he had been threatened by the underworld in the past.

“The Commissioner had asked me to send a written representation. I sent my son to the Commissioner’s house yesterday where the gatekeeper refused to entertain him. My son had to argue with security guards for handing over the representation to the Commissioner. They took the application much later,” said Birmi.

Birmi further added that he was a witness in Ramesh Sharma and Abu Salem case. “I was getting threat calls from many persons. The then SSP Dinkar Gupta had provided me two Gypsies and about a dozen security guards. But the present government withdrew all security except four guards. Two of them are on gate while one is generally on leave,” said Birmi.

He added that, “The next hearing of the case is on December 21 at Saket, Delhi. I feel insecure with just 1-2 security personnel. The government must provide me sufficient security. I need at least one Gypsy and 8-10 security guards.”

Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh, when contacted, maintained that: “Our gates are never shut to anyone. There must be some communication gap with the security guard. We have received Birmi’s representation. I have forwarded it to senior officials as providing security cover or Gypsy does not come under my domain.”



Widening of permanent lok adalat’s ambit
Lawyers welcome govt’s decision
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 11
City lawyers have welcomed the decision of the state government in widening the ambit of permanent lok-adalats by declaring the banking, finance and housing services to be pubic utility services.

District Bar Association president Naval Kishore Chhibber and Secretary Gurpreet Singh Virk said this step would help in decreasing the load on civil courts, as the cases were generally decided in the permanent lok-adalats (PLA) within months. People would definitely file their cases relating to disputes with banking, finance and housing services before the PLAs, they added.

The chairman of the PLA, Sukhdarshan Singh Khaira, its members RS Khokhar and Nand Lal stated that no lengthy procedure was required to be followed before the PLA. No court fee is required to be affixed on the complaint.

Whenever any party moved an application/complaint, the PLA issued notice to other party. After seeking reply of the opposite party, efforts were made to strike a compromise between the parties. In case the parties did not settle the dispute amicably by way of compromises, the PLA announced its judgment.

There was no provision of filing an appeal against the judgment pronounced by the PLA. The said judgment can only be challenged in the High Court by way of writ only, added Khaira.

Member secretary of the State Legal Services Authority Sunil Arora (Additional Sessions Judge) said earlier the banking, finance and housing services were declared at public utility services in Chandigarh. The outcome was excellent. People preferred to move complaints before the PLA in order to get speedy justice.

The notification issued by the Governor of Punjab says, “The Governor of Punjab is pleased to declare the banking, finance and housing services to be public utility services, in the public interest, in the state of Punjab, for the purposes of Chapter VI-A of the Legal Services Authority Act.”



Fake Passport Case
Police seek NRI’s repatriation
Mahesh Sharma

Mullanpur Dakha, December 11
The Ludhiana (Rural) police has initiated the process for the repatriation of an NRI from Humbran village, who has since settled in Manila, on the basis of a passport prepared with fake identity and address.

A cop and a lambardar, who were found guilty of facilitating the accused in getting the passport prepared, have also been booked.

No arrest has been made so far.

The police had initiated the process of getting the passport in the name of Jaswinder Singh of Hans Kalan as the same had been procured on the basis of fake documents by Jaswinder Singh of Humbran village.

Besides informing the passport issuing authority concerned, the police will inform the Ministry of External Affairs and the Indian ambassador in Malaysia where the illegal passport holder is settled presently.

Sources at the police station revealed that Jaswinder Singh and Iqbal Singh, lambardar of Kaunke Kalan village, and Jagrup Singh, havildars, had been booked under Section 12 of the Indian Passport Act 1967 and Sections 420, 465, 467, 471 and 120 B of IPC for allegedly getting passport on the basis of fake identity and facilitating the applicant.

The case was registered on basis of an anonymous complaint lodged with higher authorities in the Ludhiana range police about four months ago.

Jaswinder Singh, a farmer of Humbra village, had settled in a foreign country on the basis of a passport prepared by citing his actual address and particulars a few years ago. However, his passport was forfeited due to some irregularities. The case is yet to be investigated by the police.

Unable to adjust in his native state after being made to leave foreign countries Jaswinder Singh decided to settle in some other country by changing his identity. He applied for another passport by changing his paternity and address.

He allegedly got documents prepared showing him as Jaswinder Singh, son of Bharpoor Singh of Hans Kalan.

At the time of verification of his antecedents by the police, havildar Jagrup Singh and lambardar Iqbal Singh facilitated his sinister designs and got his passport prepared under fake identity.

It was after a long time that the police received an anonymous complaint thereby exposing modus operandi of the accused.

After getting the allegation verified the SSP, Ludhiana (Rural), directed the SHO to register an FIR and initiate action against the accused.



Grain market still a dream
Old project abandoned, admn looks for new site
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 11
The government has once again started the process of selecting and acquiring land for laying the foundation stone of the proposed grain market at Jagera, which was laid by then Mandi Board chairman Sukhwinder Singh Sarkaria, along with former parliamentary secretary, Razia Sultana, on December 26, 2006. This project had, earlier, infuriated farmers and commission agents of the region.

A high-power committee led by GK Singh, director, Land Acquisition, Punjab Mandi Board, and Harkesh Singh Sidhu, deputy commissioner, Sangrur, visited three more sites for selecting a “suitable land” for the proposed grain market once again on Thursday.

Contrary to expectations of activists of the arthiya union and farmers the long-drawn process of acquiring 50-acre, situated in the Sangrur district would once again be repeated.

GK Singh said the team had jotted down pros and cons of various proposed sites shown by the local administration and a priority list of would soon be prepared. Conceding that the procedure for selection and acquisition of land and commissioning of the project was fairly long, he said officials concerned had been directed to expedite the process keeping in view interests of farmers of the region.

“We have directed rank and file in the civil and revenue department to compile information without further delay and start process for acquisition of land immediately after selection of site on basis of today’s observations,” he added.

Non-construction of the grain market, even after four years of the laying of its foundation stone along the Jagera road, has emerged as a major issue among commission agents and farmers of the area.

The commission agents have been forced to hire plots to procure paddy. Besides hitting their profit by way of rent, they suffered due to low quality of the produce. Farmers also suffered loss due to the deduction in prices due to quality degradation and higher moisture content.

They had earlier urged the higher authorities, including the Chief Minister and the Punjab Mandi Board chairman to either get the project completed or remove the foundation stone.

MLA Dhuri Iqbal Singh Jhoondan, in charge, SAD for Amargarh legislative constituency, who accompanied the team said new site for the proposed grain market would soon be finalized.

Major Irritant

Non-construction of the grain market, even after four years of laying of its foundation stone near the Jagera road, has emerged as a major irritant for commission agents and farmers. Most of them have been forced to hire plots for procuring paddy



Removal of violations from service lanes, slip roads
A daunting task for ‘greedy’ MC officials
Manvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
Though the state government has directed the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation to ensure the smooth flow of traffic by removing all encroachments from the service lanes and slip roads, it appears to be a daunting task for it due to the indifferent attitude of the officials.

Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Darbara Singh Guru, had on Friday asked the Municipal officials to remove encroachments from the slip roads and service lanes of the major roads so as to ease the flow of the traffic. But, the Municipal Corporation’s helplessness could well be judged from the fact that it has not been able to remove major encroachments from numerous posh localities. The situation is worse in the old city areas. Commuters face lots of inconvenience due to the illegal parking at a slip road in front of the Municipal Corporation’s headquarters.

Similarly service lanes on the Ferozepur Road, which could have provided relief to those commuting on one of the busiest roads, have also been illegally encroached by shopkeepers. All efforts to check it have proved futile. Similarly, encroachments on the service lanes at the Manju Cinema road, despite the fact that the Municipal Corporation has recently concluded an anti-encroachment drive on the orders of the High Court, shows the miserable state of affairs in the city.

Rohit Sabharwal, member, Encroachment Monitoring Committee, said politicians were in the habit of interfering with the functioning of the civic body. Secondly, the Municipal Corporation staff takes money from illegal encroachers for allowing them to run their business.

Col Jagdish Singh Brar, another committee member, said though the Municipal Corporation was not willing to take any action against the encroachers. He, rather, alleged that the Municipal Corporation staff was hand in glove with encroachers as they take monitory benefits from them.

Additional Municipal Commissioner Kanwalpreet Kaur Brar said they had been sincerely removing illegal encroachments. They would continue to do it in future also.



MC collects Rs 1.22 cr arrear
Manvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
Stern steps taken by officials of the Municipal Corporation towards the recovery of the water supply and sewerage arrears in the past 20 days have yielded desired results as it has been able to recover more then Rs 1 crore from the defaulters.

The figures available from the two main zones of B and D show that the Municipal staff has been able to recover Rs 1.22 crore from defaulters since November 19. The bifurcation of data shows that while the team of the Operation and Maintenance branch of the Zone D led by Manjeet Singh, XEN has recovered Rs 70 lakh from the defaulters so far.

Similarly, the team also disconnected 70 connections of water and sewerage in the various areas falling in their jurisdiction. Whereas, the team of the branch in Zone B had recovered Rs 52 lakh from the defaulters by disconnecting 25 connections. Sources revealed that though other zones have also started the work of recovery but as their pace is slow so their figures are yet to be compiled.

The Municipal Corporation officials continued to recover arrears on Saturday also. The zone D collected Rs 2.16 lakh, whereas Zone B collected Rs 1.52 lakh.



CMCH association merges with IMA
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) branch of the CMCH, Ludhiana, announced its merger with the IMA, Ludhiana, in a resolution passed today.

President of the Ludhiana unit of the IMA, Dr Narotam Dewan, said the hospital’s branch was one of the oldest in the region. A large number of doctors from various medical instituations of Ludhiana have welcomed this move.

Dr Subhash Singla, honourary secretary, CMCH branch of the IMA, while reading out the decision taken by the CMC Executivethre, stated, “The IMA Executive of the CMC H, Ludhiana, appreciates the work done by the IMA, Ludhiana, in 2010.It has also opposed the Clinical Establishment Bill- 2010.”

Dr Singla said we have decided to merge with the IMA, Ludhiana, for strengthening the body. “ We also urge passive branches of theLudhiana IMA, including the IMA- DMCH, Ludhiana branch, to actively participate with the IMA, Ludhiana for safeguarding the interest of the doctors,” Dr Singla added.

Dr Lajpat Rai, president, CMC H barnch, endrosed the decision. Dr Narotam Dewan, president, IMA, Ludhiana, said the doctors should rise above groupism to work for the communityas a whole.

Dr RS Parmar, president, IMA, Punjab, congratulated the IMA ,Ludhiana, chief for the merger.



Bank attaches properties
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
The State Bank Of Patiala, Salem Tabri branch, took the physical possession of properties mortgaged by M/s Narinder Agro through its proprietor Nitin Chatley, M/s Rushil Food Products through its proprietor Vishal Chartley, M/s Chatley and Sons through its proprietor Narinder Chatley.

The parties had availed certain credit facilities from the branch and had defaulted in the repayment of the dues.

The bank had served a 60 days notice on the borrowers on July 23 but the parties failed to repay the amount. Hence the bank took the physical possession of the properties mortgaged in the aforesaid account. All premises were duly locked and sealed.

The entire procedure was carried out with the assistance of M/s GATS Financial Reconstructors Limited.



People prefer good roads over safety week
Threaten to light candles at all potholes on dilapidated roads
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 11
Residents of the area have threatened to observe the Road Safety Week as a “protest” week.

Candles and oil lamps will be lit at all potholes on dilapidated roads connecting local town with surrounding areas. Decision to lodge the protest against alleged apathy of the government towards construction and repair of roads in this area was taken in a joint meeting of office- bearers of various social, constitutional and political organisations held here today.

The observation of the Road Safety Weeks has become meaningless for residents of this area, as the condition of almost all roads is pitiable. Even the alternative routes being taken by the commuters are equally risky. Poor visibility due to thick fog further increases the risk during winter.

All roads leading to this town have remained in critical condition. The Ludhiana-Malerkotla road, which was part of 200 km-long Ludhiana- Khanauri road, is accident prone due to slow pace of the four-laning of the stretch between Jagera and Ludhiana.

Condition of the Pohir road, Jagera Road, Dhulkot Road, Dehlon-Sahnewal, Dehlon-Pakhowal and Chhapar road is pitiable. Potholes on these roads are bigger than the tyres of heavy vehicles, making it almost difficult for drivers to cross their vehicles through these pits.

Many commuters have found alternative routes through the link roads passing through villages. Those who have to reach Ludhiana now pass through Ghungrana, Jartoli and Mehma Singh Wala villages or via Khera are adopted.

Similarly, the route through Rachhin, Brahampur and Lohatbaddi is used to reach Sandaur.

Though local residents find these routes more comfortable, for outsiders it is cumbersome, as they have to enquire about the route to reach their destination.

The problem has aggravated further due to the diversion of heavy vehicles coming from neighbouring states. Drivers prefer tough terrain to avoid tax authorities and check barriers. The increase in the number of private vehicles and school buses has further put burden on these roads. .

The deteriorating condition of the roads has caused huge monetary loss by way of extra fuel expenses and maintenance charges.

Tarsem Garg, patron, City Welfare Society, and Jagjit Singh Jajjie, patron, Shree Kalgidhar Foundation, said a formal communication to higher authorities, including Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Transport Minister Master Mohan Lal has been sent already.



Govt committed to rural development: MP
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
Ludhiana MP and national spokesperson of the All-India Congress Committee Manish Tewari today said that the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre was committed to the development of rural areas and welfare of the people living over there.

Addressing a series of meetings at different villages in Ludhiana district, Tewari said Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh had initiated the national rural health mission for providing healthcare to the people living in the rural areas. He said the Prime Minister was personally monitoring the scheme.

He, however, regretted that when it comes to the implementation of the schemes, the Akali-BJP government tends to ignore these and at best tries to divert all funds to the areas represented by their own legislators.

Tewari criticised the Akali-BJP government for ignoring both rural as well as urban areas. He pointed out that farmers had suffered a lot under this regime. While during the previous regime led by Capt Amarinder Singh, farmers had no problem in getting their produce lifted from mandis, during the Akali regime they had to wait for buyers for days together.

The Ludhiana MP also took the BJP to task. He said a party that claims to mainly represent the urban people had failed the urban aspirations. The trade and industry was also quite unhappy, as this government had failed them on all fronts.



3 inter-state vehicle thieves held
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, December 11
The CIA staff and the Gobindgarh police today arrested three members of an inter-state gang, who used to supply stolen and financed vehicles by putting fake number plates on them.

One of the accused has been identified as Bimal Kumar, a resident of Navjeet Nagar, Sirhind road, Patiala. He was also arrested in a fake currency case registered by the Customs department at New Delhi airport in 2007. Second accused Joga Singh, a resident of Moongowal village in Hoshiarpur district, is a commando; ad the third Rinderjit Singh is a resident of Bhagora village in Patiala district. He is absconding from 175 RT Army Regiment, Meerut. All these accused have been arrested. The fourth accomplice Upinderjit Singh is absconding.

The police has recovered three TATA wingers, one Tavera, two Indigo, one Mahindera Balero and one Alto car from their possession. The cost of these vehicles is stated to be Rs 40 lakh. The police party has been dispatched to Uttar Pradesh to recover the remaining three vehicles. The police is also investigating the links of Bimal Kumar with a Malaysian girl, who is allegedly linked with a terrorist.



Two gangs of vehicle thieves busted
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 11
The police has busted two gang of vehicle thieves with the arrest of two of its members. An oil tanker and a motorcycle were also recovered from their possession. The market value of these vehicles is estimated to be around ` 30 lakh.

A team of cops recovered the tanker loaded with rice bran oil from the possession of Gurpreet Singh Gogi of Pabba Gali Kalan village in Gurdaspur. The tanker, which belonged to Sukhwinder Singh of Lehra, was stolen on October 28. An FIR was registered against unknown thieves.

The police is trying to establish a link between the accused and members of another gang, which is suspected to be preparing fake documents for facilitating the sale of stolen vehicles.

Another team of cops arrested Jagpal Singh Jajjie of the local town and recovered the motorcycle, which was stolen from a local private hospital.



Punjab State Schools Athletics
Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur eves win
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Ludhiana, December 11
Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur wrapped up one gold medal each in the girls section while in the boys section athletes from Tarn Taran and Gurdaspur began their campaign on a sound note clinching one gold each on the opening day of the 56th Punjab State Schools Athletics Meet-2010 being organised by the Punjab education department at Guru Nanak Stadium, here today.

In the girls section (u-17), Jyoti Saini from Hoshiarpur proved her mettle to bag top honours in the 1500m race. Kuljeet Kaur from Kairon Wing and Swati Mehta from Hoshiarpur secured second and third positions, respectively.

In the long jump event (girls u-19), Jalandhar’s Rajinder Kaur stamped her superiority over her immediate opponents to win gold medal, followed by Amar Kaur of Roopnagar who had to content with second spot while Vipanjot Kaur from Patiala finished at the third place.

In the boys’ u-14 category, Jaspreet Chawla from Gurdaspur came out triumphant in 600m race to bag gold medal. Kuldeep Singh and Amandeep Singh from Gurdaspur and Tarn Taran districts secured second and third positions, respectively.

In shot put (boys u-19), Navtejdeep Singh of Tarn Taran pipped his rivals to win gold. Yudhvir Singh from Ludhiana bagged silver medal while Paramjeet Singh from Gurdaspur finished at the third place.

In 600m race (girls u-14), Harmilan Bains from Mahilpur, Manjot Kaur from Panjgarai Wing and Simranjeet Kaur of Jaurian secured first, second and third positions, respectively.

Earlier, former Member of Parliament Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, chairman, Agro Industries, Punjab, inaugurated the five-day meet in which around 3,500 boys and girls, drawn from different districts and sports wings, are taking part.



Bathinda players corner glory
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Ludhiana, December 11
Participants from Bathinda cornered glory, chipping in with two gold medals on the first day of the JP Birdi Memorial Punjab State Tae kwon do Championship being held at the Indoor Multipurpose Hall of Guru Nanak Sports Complex, here today.

In the junior boys section (48 to 51kg), Tejinder Singh from Bathinda gave good account of himself to win gold medal. Harmandeep Singh of Amritsar secured silver medal while Harmandeep Singh from Kapurthala and Arman Ali of Ludhiana had to content with a bronze medal each.

In the junior girls category (46 to 49kg), Nancy from Bathinda came out triumphant to clinch gold. While Rupinder Kaur of Ferozepur finished at second place, Reena and Savita Rani, both of Ludhiana, secured bronze medals.

Office-bearers of the Punjab Tae kwon do Association, including Harmeet Singh and SP Shukla, were present at the inaugural ceremony.



Table Tennis
Double delight for Yashi
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Ludhiana, December 11
Yashi, a student of Alpine International School, Ludhiana, won two titles on the opening day of the Ludhiana District Table Tennis Tournament that started at the Punjab Agricultural University campus, here today. She annexed titles in the cadet girls and sub-junior girls sections.

In the cadet girls singles’ final, Yashi scripted an easy win over Taniya Munjal. She wrapped up the first set at 11-8 and won the second game 11-5 to consolidate her lead. In the third set too, Yashi faced a little resistance from her rival and won it 11-6 which fetched her the title.

In the semifinals, Yashi overpowered Dixita 11-6, 11-8 and 11-5 and Taniya Munjal outnumbered Jisveen 11-4, 11-7 and 11-9 to set up the title clash. In the sub-junior girls section, Yashi defeated Amol of DAV Public School in straight sets 11-7, 11-9 and 11-8 to bag her second individual title.

Earlier, in the semifinal Yashi beat Shivangi 11-5, 11-8 and 11-9 while Amol got the better of Shub Duggal 11-8, 8-11, 11-9 and 11-5 to enter the final.

In the boys section (cadet singles), Parivansh outclassed Jasjot Singh 7-11, 11-8, 11-9 and 13-11 while Ayush beat Mandeep 11-9, 11-8 and 11-7 to advance into the final. In the sub-junior boys semifinal, Sameer Sahrma survived some anxious moments before romping home victor against Harnoor Singh 11-9, 11-8 and 11-7.



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