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Speeding MC garbage truck kills teenager
Driver was in a hurry to run away from earlier accident
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

The killer truck; and (right) Darshan Lal, the driver.
The killer truck; and (right) Darshan Lal, the driver.

Ludhiana, August 6
An 18-year-old boy was crushed to death by an overspeeding garbage truck belonging to the municipal corporation near Samrala Chowk in the city’s Arjan Dev Nagar locality on Saturday. The victim, identified as Akhilesh Mahengi, a class 12 student of BCM School, Shastri Nagar, was returning home on his Honda Activa scooter after attending his tuition class.

According to an eyewitness, the accident occurred at around 6:30 am when the truck hit Akhilesh's scooter from behind, knocking him off on the road. Instead of applying the breaks, the truck driver, later identified as Darshan Lal, ran over the teenager, crushing the latter's head and killing him on the spot.

"The truck driver could have easily pressed the break pedal but he continued to drive the vehicle at a fast speed, which resulted in the fatal mishap," said another eyewitness. It was learnt Lal was driving recklessly to escape another accident in which his truck had collided with three other vehicles on the way to Arjan Dev Nagar.

Eyewitnesses said while Lal was attempting to flee the accident scene Akhilesh's scooter got stuck in one of the wheels of the truck. It was dragged by the truck for at least 100 metres before Lal was chased and forced to stop by furious area residents, who beat up him mercilessly before handing him over to the police.

The suspect was booked under section 304A of the Indian Penal Code for causing death by rash driving and negligence.



MC fails to rein in drivers
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
The municipal corporation has failed to rein in those hired to drive its garbage trucks, which appear to have gone on a killing spree on the city’s streets. Despite oft repeated claims that the civic body has taken stringent measures to keep a check on its drivers, another life was lost by a rashly driven garbage truck on Saturday.

Though the MC has sacked the truck driver and ordered a departmental inquiry against sanitary inspector Jasjit Singh, who was responsible for overseeing the drivers, the big question is for how much longer will the civic body just take action only after such unfortunate accidents occur. City residents wonder why does not the MC ensure the drivers it hired have been trained properly so that families do not lose their loved ones in recurring accidents.

A senior MC official said the civic body had recently advertised jobs for drivers of its garbage trucks. "But no one came forward and that’s why we are left with no other option but to continue with the old lot of drivers. Most of them don't take their job seriously and that’s the reason such unfortunate incidents take place at regular intervals”, he added.

MC additional commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi said he visited the accident scene in the morning. "We’ve clearly designated the streets on which MC garbage trucks can pass. But some drivers take other routes to save time and to check this practice we’ve set up teams to keep tabs on the movement of the trucks. Following today’s accident we’ve dismissed the truck driver and initiated a departmental inquiry against sanitary inspector Jasjit Singh, who was responsible for checking whether a garbage truck was moving on the designated street or not," he added.

Meanwhile, senior deputy mayor Parveen Bansal said: “We’re making all efforts to ensure our drivers are well trained and ply their vehicles only on designated streets. We have dismissed the driver and will make sure he doesn't ever get a job in the MC," he added.

MC officials said the civic body would pay compensation to the accident victim’s family.


When the parents’ world fell apart
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
Heartrending scenes were witnessed the house of Lokesh Mahengi, whose 18-year-old son, Akhilesh, was mowed down by a speeding garbage truck belonging to the municipal corporation near Samrala Chowk on Saturday.

Lokesh’s whole world came crashing down when news broke his child was killed in the accident. "My beloved son is no longer with me. Had that MC truck driver applied the breaks my child would have survived”, he said, unable to hold back his tears.

The victim’s inconsolable younger sister, Charvi, was looking at the ‘rakhi’ she had bought for him in the market on Friday evening. "I was so excited as Raksha Bandhan was near the corner. I had made a list of things and showed it to my brother on whose wrist I would be tying the ‘rakhi’. Akhilesh had done no wrong to anyone then why was he snatched from us?" she asked. She had been waiting for him to return home so that they could go to school together but fate decided otherwise.

Akhilesh’s mother, Rajni, a teacher at BCM School, Chandigarh Road, Ludhiana, is trying to come to terms with the tragedy.

Before leaving for the school she had spoken to her son on phone and it proved to be their last conversation.

"As he woke up at around 4 am and went for his regular tuition without eating anything. I cooked his favourite food and called to tell him that it was kept in the kitchen and he should have it once he came back from the tuition. The food is lying there but the one who had to eat it is no more. There is no meaning to live 
now," said Rajni, wailing inconsolably

Paramjit Kaur, principal of BCM School, Shastri Nagar, where Akhilesh was a student of class XII, was greatly saddened by the news of the tragedy. She told this reporter: "Akhilesh was brilliant in studies and was a charming guy who used to smile all the time. It’s an irreplaceable loss not only for his parents, but also for the school. The way he was doing well in studies here he could have become a medical doctor and served society. The city has lost a good human being. I don't know when civic officials will get their act together and prevent similar incidents from taking place in future."



Anger against MC spills on road
Parents, friends stage dharna
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
Anger against officials of the municipal corporation spilled on the road as relatives along with friends of Akhilesh staged a dharna near the Samrala Chowk and blocked traffic for more than two hour.

The relatives were demanding strict action against the truck driver and municipal officials for not installing speeding governors in the municipal trucks, which had led to numerous fatal accidents.

The dharna led to traffic jam. Long queues of vehicles could be seen on the either side of the National Highway No. I.

The relatives and friends of Akhilesh even pelted a garbage truck of the municipal corporation with stones while it was trying cross the Samrala Chowk.

Congress leader Leena Taparia and councillor Gurpreet Singh Gora of Wards No 9 also sat on a dharna. While demanding strict action against the MC driver, they alleged that lack of bureaucratic will was the reason behind numerous accidents at the Tajpur road and its surrounding areas.

Kamaljit Soi, a traffic expert, said, “ I have in two letters written to Municipal Commissioner AK Sinha apprised him to install speed governors in the truck. But no action has been taken so far, which reflects that they give scant respect to humans life. For how long they will they let people die in the city. The municipal authorities should visit the residents who have lost their child due to these killer trucks only then they would realise, how their negligence has devastated the life of families forever."



Heavy rain takes its toll on city
Life paralysed, many areas inundated
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
A heavy spell of rain this afternoon took its toll on the city, with streets getting flooded and water entering houses in many parts of Ludhiana.

The extent of rain was such that even the residence of Deputy Commissioner, which is situated in the VIP Rakh Bagh area, was in knee-deep water.

The rain took the city, which was witnessing a dry spell for the past may days, by surprise. Within minutes, almost all roads in the city were water-logged.

Along the boundary wall of the Khalsa College for Women in the Ghumar Mandi area, some vehicles even got submerged, which resulted in difficulties for people there. The problem was the same in areas such as Chaura Bazaar, Meena Bazaar, Mata Rani Chowk, Pakhowal Road, Model Town, Ghumar Mandi, Civil Lines, Feroze Gandhi Market, besides many others.

In the Civil Lines area, water entered houses of many residents. Water had even accumulated near Mata Rani Chowk, where residents had a harrowing time, who got stranded in traffic jam for almost an hour.

Everyone knows that we still don’t have storm sewers in most parts of the city. That is why there is the problem of water-logging. But we are still managing the affairs in the best way we can.~

AK Sinha, MC Commissioner

Whenever there is heavy rain, the compound of my house is in knee-deep water. I have spoken to MC officials, but they have informed me that there is no possibility of laying storm sewers in this area. But the water recedes in a couple of hours. This way, even I can have a feel of what the Ludhianvis have.~

Rahul Tewari, Deputy Commissioner 



Dengue spreads its tentacles
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
Dengue is spreading its tentacles this monsoon. At least 116 patients are reportedly suffering from dengue in the state. Out of 116 patients, three of them from different localities of the city have died. Officials of the District Health Department claim that these three died of dengue while those of the state health department are yet to confirm it.

Dr Gagandeep Singh, state epidemiologist, said, “At least 166 patients are reportedly suffering from dengue. However, those who died are yet to be confirmed as dengue patients as their reports are still awaited.”

Dr HS Bali, Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, confirmed that two patients namely Mandeep Singh (26) and Shailender Kumar (22) died of dengue and both of them were undergoing treatment at the Dayayand Medical College and Hospital. “ While Dr Sandeep Puri, Medical Superintendent, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, said, “Only one patient Mandeep Singh, who was being treated at the DMCH died of dengue. His serological test was positive and symptoms were also that of dengue.”

Health department sources said, “One more patient identified as Sandeep Singh died of dengue.”



PPCB chairman warns industrialists of action
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) chairman Kahan Singh Pannu warned city industrialists, indulging in pollution. He categorically told them that he would not tolerate any political interference and those indulging in pollution of any kinds would have to face the action.

Pannu was in the city to attend the mass plantation drive and industrial interaction organised by the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU) here today. The function was also attended by director, power distribution, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited. While addressing the industrialists, Pannu said polluting our natural resources was like a crime against humanity. “People on many parts of the state are suffering due to pollution by the industry in Ludhiana. The Sutlej gets polluted when it passes through Ludhiana and people in districts such as Bathinda are dying of diseases like cancer. How can someone pollute water, which is consumed by people? It’s a shameful act,” said Pannu.

Pannu also inaugurated the mass plantation drive and highlighted the importance of planting saplings for a clean and green environment. He announced that that the Punjab government has sanctioned a project worth Rs 2,308 crore for cleaning highly polluted rivers which is to be completed by December 31.

Pannu announced that complete instruction manual regarding pollution norms will be printed shortly. He further announced that online submission of NOC will be introduced by next month and inspection will be carried out by the chartered engineers instead of pollution authorities. The industrial units following best practices to control pollution will be encouraged by giving awards by the board. Avtar Singh, general secretary, CICU, presented a memorandum to Pannu and Upkar Singh, joint secretary, submitted the memorandum to Arun Kumar Verma, director (distribution) PSPCL, in respect of industrial issues.

CICU appreciated six leading industrialists who have taken responsibility for upkeep and maintenance of plants for providing green environment at the Focal Point, Ludhiana. Inderjit Singh Pardhan, chairman, Small Scale Industries Development Board, Punjab, was also present.

Arun Kumar Verma announced that three thermal plants will start generation of electricity as per the time schedule.

Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, chairman, Punjab Agro Corporation, announced to provide 2 acres of land free of cost in Bhagpur village for the construction of power grid which will lead to speedy industrialisation of the area. He also advised PSPCL to clear transmission poles and wires closer to the airport, which are a great hurdle for upgradation of Ludhiana airport.

The meeting was attended by prominent industrialists Onkar Singh Pahwa, Manjit Singh Khalsa, Rajnessh Bansal, RD Sharma, Sanjeev Pahwa, Harminder Singh Pahwa, Ajit Lakra, Ram Labhaya, Inderjit Nagpal, TR Mishra, Kesho Ram Vij, SM Mehta, Jaswinder Singh Birdi, Joga Singh, SK Sayal and others.



PPCB raids: Four traders flout norms
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) officials today conducted raids on the premises of traders and shopkeepers selling plastic bags in Khanna town near here. During the raids, out of the total five traders, four of them were found flouting the rules.

To check whether the traders and shopkeepers are using polythene bags, which are banned in the state, the PPCB had formed a committee, which was to conduct weekly raids on the premises of traders and shopkeepers selling polythene bags.

The polythene bags were banned in the state from May 1 and this ban has been ordered under the Punjab Plastic Bags (Manufacture, Usage and Disposal) Control Act prohibiting manufacture, disposal and usage of polythene bags from virgin plastic of thickness not less than 40 micron.

GS Majithia, senior environmental engineer, PPCB, Ludhiana, informed that today’s raids were conducted by Ramji Dass, assistant environmental engineer from PPCB; Pankaj Shorie and Amrik Singh, both sanitary inspectors from Municipal Council, Khanna.

“Four traders dealing in polythene bags were found selling the bags which were less than the permissible ones. These traders are Ramesh Plastic Bag Store on the Railway Road Chowk; Shankar Plastics, Ashwani Plastics and Rajiv Plastics, all three situated in the Sabzi Mandi, Khanna. The polythene bags recovered from their possession were sealed and sent to the PPCB office at Patiala,” informed Majithia. PPCB officials informed that now they would initiate an action against the erring traders.



A filthy future awaits city
Burning of garbage nauseates residents
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
While the municipal corporation plans to begin door-to-door collection of solid waste from August 15 for the convenience of residents, it has been causing discomfort to those living in Aman Nagar, near the Jalandhar bypass, by burning garbage, resulting in smoke and foul smell in the area.

Residents of the area claimed that lower-rung municipal employees preferred to burn the garbage on the spot itself, instead of taking it to the dump near Jamalpur village.

Amarjit Singh Jeeta, a resident of Aman Nagar, alleged: “On the one hand, the municipal corporation claims that it has hired a company for managing the solid waste, while on the other, its own employees were setting the garbage on fire. The entire area is filled with smoke and stench.”

Mandeep Kumar, another resident, said, “Garbage when burnt emits poisonous gases that could cause various diseases among residents.”

“The health department of the municipal corporation should direct its officials to refrain from burning garbage. It causes inconvenience to residents living in the vicinity,” added Kumar.

Randhir Singh Sibia, husband of area councillor Ratanjit Kaur, clarified that the municipal officials were not setting the garbage on fire.

“Some mischievous elements must be doing so. I will get it checked and ensure that no such incident takes place in the future,” he claimed.



Patient accuses staff nurse of misbehaviour
Files a complaint, seeks inquiry against her
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, August 6
A woman patient undergoing treatment at the Civil Hospital, Jagraon, today accused a staff nurse of misconduct and using foul language against her and her family members.

According to the patient, Sukhjinder Kaur, deployed as lady constable with the Ludhiana (rural) police, a staff nurse, Jasvir Kaur, misbehaved with her and her family members last night when they asked the nurse about the medicines they had purchased from the market.

In her complaint to the senior medical officer (SMO) of the Civil Hospital, Jagraon, Sukhjinder Kaur stated, “My mother purchased eight injections prescribed by the doctor from a medical store yesterday. While two of the injections were administrated to me at that time, the rest were to be administrated later. At about 9 pm, Jasvir who was on duty arrived and took the packet containing the injections with her. After a few minutes, she returned and administrated one injection to me. When my mother asked her about the remaining injections, she told her that no medication was left in the packet.”

Sukhjinder Kaur further alleged that when her mother told the nurse that there were eight injections in the packet and till now only three injections have been used, the staff nurse got irritated and started arguing with my mother. She used foul language and told her to keep mum or otherwise get the patient admitted to other hospital.

Following this, the family members brought the issue into the notice of some senior doctors, but they, too, expressed helplessness saying that the said staff nurse do not even listen to them and often use bad language for the staff members. According to sources, this is not the first time that the said nurse has misbehaved with a patient. In the past, too, other patients had complained of misconduct by the nurse, but no action has been taken against her.

Even some of the doctors lamented that Jasvir Kaur often misbehaved with the patients and did not even listen to senior doctors. “This is not a new thing for us. Such things happen almost everyday. Jasvir Kaur did not even spare the senior doctors due to which even the doctors try to evade her,” said a senior doctor though preferring anonymity.

However, the incident prompted the patient to lodge a written complaint against the staff nurse with the SMO. When contacted, SMO Jagraon Civil Hospital, Rupinder Kaur Kakkar confirmed that she has received a complaint against her today. “But the incident took place last night and the staff nurse had already left the hospital before I reached office this morning. I will talk to her when she comes to the hospital. If anything wrong is found, a departmental action will be taken,” she added.



Delay in giving info, LIT fined Rs 2,000
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
A fine of Rs 2,000 has been imposed on the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) by the State Information Commission for delaying information sought by a city resident under the Right to Information Act. Arvind Sharma, a resident of the city, had sought information about the missing measurement books from the LIT, which the Trust failed to produce on time.

Rohit Sabharwal, president, Council of RTI Activists, had sought copies of internal and external audit reports from the LIT. Officials of the audit department had raised objections as 161 measurement books were missing.

“I applied with the LIT for information related to what action has been taken by them against the officials, who were responsible for the disappearance of these books. But they (LIT) failed to provide any information, after which I lodged a complaint with the State Information Commission,” said Arvind Sharma, a resident of E Block of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar.

The LIT had on July 12 issued a show-cause notice for not providing the information within the stipulated time as prescribed under the RTI Act 2005. During the hearing on August 4, LIT officials filed an affidavit stating that there is no proper staff for handling the RTI applications.

The State Information Commission stated that it is not satisfied with the reply of the LIT.

“Appellant (Arvind Sharma) states that has suffered mental harassment and financial loss in seeking information. Since, the information sought wasn’t supplied within the stipulated time as prescribed under the Act. However, due to certain systemic deficiencies in the office of the public authority concerned, there has been delay in serving the request. The appellant has had to attend the commission on two times in connection with this appeal. In the facts and circumstances of the case, I am of the view that ends of justice will be met by allowing a compensation of Rs 2,000 to the appellant. I, therefore, order that the LIT shall pay Rs 2,000 to the appellant towards compensation within a week of the receipt of this order,” the order read. 



2 killed in road mishap
Our Correspondent

Samrala, August 6
Two persons, including an advocate, were killed in a road accident on the Khanna-Samrala road near Bardhalan village this morning when a car rammed into a stationary truck.

Advocate KL Dhand (35) of the Samrala Bar was travelling in a car with Harjang Singh, a resident of Behlolpur village, to attend some hearing at Khanna court.

When they reached near Bardhalan village, Harjang Singh, who was driving the car, noticed a truck but failed to turn the car, as a result the car rammed into the truck. The accident was so fierce that Harjang died on the spot and Dhand was injured seriously.

He was rushed to the Civil Hospital, Samrala, where he was declared brought dead.



Missing ‘friend’ at fag end of their life
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
Friendship Day falls tomorrow. While youngsters are all geared up to celebrate the day with friends by making movie plans or small get-togethers, these retirees at the fag end of their lives terribly miss their true "friend"- their better halves, whom they have lost but the sweet memories are always there to stay.

During the monthly get-together of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) pensioners, several retirees, who had lost their companions, got emotional when they were asked about the importance of Friendship Day in their life.

Satpal Gupta (64) said that his wife Bimla Gupta who died in 2005 due to cancer was his best friend. "said Gupta with a choked voice.

Like Sat Pal Gupta, as many as100 retirees of PAU have lost their better halves. Some write poems in memory of their beloved ones while others are too secretive to share their inner feelings. Surdul Singh Sandhu, another septuagenarian, said that he wrote poems in memory of his wife who died of breast cancer.

"Still, we have to live life. The loss of companion is irreparable but all my friends come and we get together. We listen to each other's grievances and try to sort out things. We visit each other’s places, watch serials and news together and pass our time in a positive manner. You need to have someone with whom you can be comfortable with. Life is too short to fight over petty issues, you need to have good friends to enjoy life to the maximum", said Sandhu.

Satwinder Singh, another retiree, said that nowadays there was hardly any attachment among friends. "Faithfulness is the key to friendship. But it is rarely found in friends in recent times", rued the retiree.



‘Moments spent with friends are precious’ 
Hemdeep Kaur

Ludhiana, August 6
Friendship day is a big day for friends, which falls on the first Sunday of every August. Friendship is the best relationship in this world and puts you in a comfort zone in the time of difficulty. Friendship Day bestows a chance to express your feelings to your best buddies. Friend is like a strong rope, which holds you tightly with its true love and devotion never allows you to fall.

The never-ending love of friends has made this day very special. The youngsters are full of enthusiasm to celebrate this day as this day allows them to be with their childhood friends. Most of them are planning to have a get-together and take time out of their busy schedules to spend it with their buddies. Mohammed Akbar, a student of class VII at Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School expressed his joy, "I am happy that I can celebrate it with my friends in my own way. In school we are not able to enjoy that much. I will gift friendship bands to all my good friends. Friends are very important part of my life as they always help me when I am in need."

On the other hand, for college-going students it does not matter on which day it falls because they are firm on celebrating it. Dushyant, B.Sc Ist year student, INIFD, said, "It really does not matter for friends on which day Friendship Day comes. It is good that it has falling on a Sunday because now we need not bunk our classes. Actually everyday for me is like a friendship day." For some people, friends are like a support system and for others friends are like teachers those brings out the best in them.

Some people celebrate this day with animals as pets are our best friends. A Karan Dua, B.Sc 2nd year student, INIFD, mentioned, "I will love to celebrate this day with my pet dog as he never leaks out my secrets. According to me anything you love is your friend as I love my parents, cousins and my clothes too."

Costly gifts lessens the joy of celebration but one can get relief from these so called costly sellers. Pre-planning for Valentines Day is the best idea as you can gift red roses to your lover on friendship day because red roses are very costly on Valentines Day.

The bonds within friends are forever. Be childlike and gift friendship bands to your friends or make a phone call, formality is not an essential point. Moments spent with friends are precious and need to be remembered. 



Stink led to accident: Driver
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
It's the stink of garbage that forces drivers to accelerate trucks, said Darshan, driver of the killer truck that mowed down Akhilesh at Guru Arjan Dev Nagar here this morning.

In police custody, Darshan, who claimed that he had been driving the MC truck for over 10 years, said the garbage gave out unbearable smell and it was always a challenging task for the drivers to take the garbage-laden truck to the dumping ground. He had obtained driving licence from Hoshiarpur.

When area residents nabbed Darshan, he seemed in an inebriated state, claimed one of the eyewitnesses.

However, Harjinder Singh, SHO Division No 7, thought otherwise and claimed that the driver was not under the influence of liquor.

The allegations of drunken driving against the MC drivers were not new. Even during the previous incidents when MC trucks crushed children to death in separate accidents last year, allegations of drunken driving were levelled against MC drivers.

An MC driver said, "It is to lessen the effect of foul smell coming out of the garbage that we have to consume liquor. If you happen to stand beside the garbage-laden truck, you would realise our plight."

However, the MC authorities have never conducted a surprise check to monitor the drivers.

Many drivers, who have been employed with the MC, have further hired drivers on contract, allege sources.



Two city youngsters in race for crown
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
The industrial city of Ludhiana is fast turning into a cultural hub as a large number of city youth are shining at various singing reality shows being aired on various television channels.

The latest being two youngsters from the city, Karan Sehmbi and Renu Jagotra, who have made the city proud by becoming the finalists of the singing reality show “Voice of Punjab season 2”.

Son of KP Singh, a superintendent in the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, 21-year-old Karan Sehmbi is hopeful of winning the competition. Karan, who did his schooling from Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, is presently pursuing an interior designing course from an institute in Chandigarh.

On the other hand, Renu, daughter of Bishan Dass, a singer and now a painter, completed her graduation from Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women.



Liberia’s agri ministry assistant enrolls in PAU
Gurvinder Singh

Theophilus P Baah
Theophilus P Baah

Ludhiana, August 6
A VIP student has enrolled himself in M.Sc Agronomy at Punjab Agricultural University under a scholarship scheme. O. Theophilus P Baah is a special assistant to the Ministry of Agriculture in Liberia.

Baah aims to gain expertise in agriculture and the latest technologies to bring in new methods of expanding agricultural production. “In Liberia, we have a good area, but agriculture is at subsistence level,” he says. “By the end of this course, I expect to gain expertise in agronomy and train farmers and university graduates back home,” he added.

He came to the city a few days ago Coming to the city only a few days ago and has already made a few friends. People are warm and friendly, he adds. Almost everyone converse in English is another advantage of being in India, he pointed out.

“Weather is pretty hot in my country too, but it’s more humid here at this times,” he added. He enjoys Punjabi food although he hasn’t tried many dishes so far. Indian spices don’t bother much as they “eat spicy food in Liberia too.”

Studying while on assignment is quite a responsibility but it “feels good to be able to work for betterment of your people,” he adds. 



Reading newspapers not city students’ forte
Gurvinder Singh

Ludhiana, August 6
An advertisement of a national-level essay-writing competition by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India for graduate and postgraduate students must have excited many across the nation, but students in the city are blissfully ignorant about it.

The competition offers Rs 50,000, Rs 40,000 and Rs 30,000 in prize money for top-three position holders, respectively. Let alone participating in the competition, students are not even aware of any such contest.

At least 100 students, asked randomly in three colleges of the city, responded with blank expressions to their awareness of the competition.

On if they have read the newspaper advertisement, most replied in the negative. And a few even said they don’t read newspapers at all. Some, who agreed, said they did it occasionally. And there were others who “didn’t have time to read newspapers”.

Sahil Sharma, BA-I student of SCD Government College, said he didn’t have time to read newspapers. A group of BA-III students said they watched news on the television and didn’t feel the need to read newspapers.

None of BA-II students in a packed classroom said they had gone through newspapers of today or yesterday. Students of postgraduate classes, including MA (economics), elicited a similar reaction.

Around 12 noon, a few neat copies of newspapers were lying in the section meant for teachers. In the reading room, students occupied most tables. But, only one table had a newspaper. And none of the students knew about the competition.

Later in the afternoon, the library of Khalsa College wore a deserted look. The lone student asked for a newspaper, but he was told to come after the break by a peon.

The library at Arya College had students but no newspapers. Even students of political science and economics said they did not read newspapers regularly.

Principal Jasbir Kaur Makkar of SCD Government College said it was a matter of concern that students were not in the habit of reading newspapers. They were encouraging students to read newspapers and spend time productively at the college, she said.

City schools are better off than colleges in terms of following newspapers. BCM Arya Model, for example, has stands with newspapers near the entrance and corridors.

A visit to most colleges in the city reveals that no such ready-to-read tables or corners with newspapers exist to enable students to browse through them during free classes. The only places for newspapers in most of colleges are less frequented libraries.



Public library fails to attract people
Hemdeep Kaur

A non-functional water cooler at the library.
A non-functional water cooler at the library. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, August 6
A library renders a great service to society. It contains in itself vast knowledge, which helps in raising the level of intellectuals in society. Public libraries are opened for those who cannot borrow books or are found of reading. These are merely considered as stores for keeping books as very few people visit public libraries nowadays. Thus, officials hardly pay any attention on the maintenance of public libraries.

A large number of city residents, particularly students, are unaware of a Municipal Corporation Public Library located near the Gill Road. This library has two branches. One branch is located at Rose Garden and another, known as Children’s Library, is on the premises of the Children’s Traffic Training Park in Model Town.

A large number of people are aware of those near the Gill Road and Children’s Library, but a few know about the library situated at Rose Garden.

The history of this public library dates back to 1988. Though the annual fee of this library is just Rs 15 with Rs 50 charged as security, it has not been able to attract avid readers. Nothing has been done so far to improve it either as far as collection of books and facilities provide o readers are concerned. Books stocked in the library are not in readable condition and water cooler, too, isn’t working properly.

This library caters to middle-aged or retired people only. Harjot Kaur, a student of Zoology Department, PAU, said, “I am fond of reading, but wasn’t aware that there is any library at Rose Garden.” The odd location and the condition of the library could be the reason behind people not thronging it.

Anurag Mohan, a librarian, said, “These three libraries collectively have readership of only 90 persons. A library on a van was stopped five to six years ago after the bus got damaged. We are trying to improve the infrastructure of these libraries.” The building from the library is functioning not only presents a picture of neglect. 



From Schools
Paper reading contest

Ludhiana: An inter-house paper reading contest was organised at Kundan Vidya Mandir on the themes of patriotism and environment. The topics involved issues like "Global Warming is an Emergency", "Every Tree Counts", "Save Mother Earth", "Saare Jahan Se Accha Hindustan Hamara", "Majhab Nahin Sikhata Aapas Mein Bair Rakhna".

Annual exhibition

Students take part in the annual exhibition ‘Creative Creations’ at BCM, Dugri, in Ludhiana.The annual exhibition "Creative Creations" was organised at BCM School, Dugri. The exhibition had various sections like sizzling science, Math-e-magic, Hindi -Jagriti, InfoTech Zone, English maze and Expressions, Pinnacle of life, The World Voyage and Trade, a treat for Commerce Section. The Punjabi department depicted the heritage of Punjab. The students created sculptures from waste material. The commerce department presented the working of a bank. Seven wonders of the world were also on display.
Students take part in the annual exhibition ‘Creative Creations’ at BCM, Dugri, in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Teej celebrated

Students of Guru Nanak International Senior Secondary Public School, Model Town, celebrate Teej festival in Ludhiana.Girls of class six to class XII celebrated Teej at Guru Nanak Public School, Mullanpur. Colourful traditional dress, dance and gidha to Punjabi beats, and dishes like kheer-pude were the order of the day. The festival was also celebrated at Nankana Sahib Public School, Gill Road. At Guru Nanak International School, mehndi, nail-painting, rangoli, tricks, games, magic and sweet-dish making competitions were held.
Students of Guru Nanak International Senior Secondary Public School, Model Town, celebrate Teej festival in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Students felicitated

Students at Amrit Indo Canadian Academy who took part in various inter-house and inter-class multimedia competitions were felicitated on the school campus. Students from class IX to class XII presented very knowledgeable power point on various types of cancers, their symptoms, preventive measures and treatment. Students from class VI to VIII presented power points on current hot topics to save the environment. Participants also made presentations on solid waste management, harnessing solar energy etc — TNS



From  Colleges
Talent hunt contest

Ludhiana: Ramgarhia Girls College, Miller Ganj, conducted a talent hunt competition here on Saturday in which students explored their hidden talents in various items like dance, drama, skit and giddha. Great fun and frolic marked the beginning of the academic session. Principal, Dr Narinder Sandhu welcomed chief guest Rajinder Kaur. Miss Fresher contest was also organised to welcome the freshers.

It was a day of celebrations and above all an experience of bond of togetherness. The installation ceremony of the Central Student Association also took place on the occasion. Manpreet Kaur of BA III was appointed the head girl, while Amandeep Kaur of BCom III was appointed the deputy head girl. The principal motivated the students to identify their skills and be ready for the opportunities in life where they can exhibit them.

Dr Sidhu is new principal

Renowned scientist and engineer, Dr Param Pal Singh Sidhu, retired professor, department of mechanical engineering, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), joined as principal at the Ludhiana Group of Colleges (LGC), Chaukimann, Ferozepur road. Brij Pal Sachdeva, chairman, LGC, welcomed him. — TNS



Abhilasha programme to train nurses
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
Dyanand Medical College and Hospital along with the Dr Reddy's Foundation for Health Education today organised two-day "Abhilasha Programme " module for nursing staff of the hospital. The programme was inaugurated by the DMCH principal, Dr Daljit Singh.

In his inaugural address, Singh lauded the effort of the DMCH and the Dr Reddy's Foundation for Health Education for organising this programme to equip the nursing staff with scientific methods and tools for better patient care

Giving information about the programme, Dr Baldev Singh Aulakh said that the 'Abhilasha' programme for nurses was structured to give them the skills necessary for effective patient management and enhanced service orientation.



‘Post-harvest sector to draw special attention in Five Year Plan’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
"In the 12th Five Year Plan, the major focus will be on post-harvest sector and curbing losses," these remarks were made by Additional Director General, ICAR, Dr KK Singh, during the two-day Institute Research Council (IRC) meeting held at the Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET). The meeting concluded today.

Singh said the post-harvest sector was going to get special attention now. “Post harvest losses stands between 4 to 6 per cent in food grains and these are estimated to be as high as 16 to 18 per cent in fruits and vegetables", he said. He added that these losses occurred at various stages ie from harvesting, storage to the processing stage.

Emphasising that processing could open up new avenues of growth in agriculture while checking losses, he said, "In India processing is as low as 10 to 12 per cent, while the developed countries process 70 per cent of their food." Speaking on nutritional status in the country, he lamented that according to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) a sizeable population of children below 3 years was underweight. "We need to work on health foods," he suggested.

Stressing on the important role of CIPHET, Singh said that this was the only institute under the ICAR system, which was working exclusively for the post-harvest sector. CIPHET director Dr RK Gupta said that they would focus on how scientific manpower could be suitably used in different divisions of the institute. Hoping that the recommendations made at the IRC meeting would give further boost to the research work. He further suggested that each scientist should take at least two to three projects. Dr AK Singh from Punjab Agriculture University termed the meeting crucial for reviewing and providing direction to future research activities. Senior Scientist Dr Devinder Dhingra presented a vote of thanks.



District Scan
IAF holds camp

Ludhiana: The local air wing unit of Ludhiana No 4 Pb Air Sqn had held its camp at the Air Force Station, Halwara, from July 28 to August 6, 2011. The commandant of this camp was CO unit Wg Cdr HS Gulati. This is the second time an annual training camp had been held at an IAF base. This was basically done to motivate the present generation to join the IAF and give an insight into the IAF.

Air Cmde AK Nabh VM was the chief guest at the closing ceremony of the camp held at the IAF Gole auditorium. Sacred Heart Convent School, Ludhiana, was adjudged the best troop.A plethora of activities were carried out in the camp like tent pitching, drill, yoga, aeromodelling, firing, mini marathon. Various visits to the IAF installations were organised like the SK rang where the air wing cadets got an opportunity to witness the live firepower demonstration by the fighter aircraft. The cadets also visited the air traffic control, metrology department, the radar unit and the missile squadron. Aircraft fire fighting procedures were also demonstrated to the air 
wing cadets.

A lecture on first aid and CPR procedures was also conducted for the benefit of the cadets by the Air Force Hospital. Wg Cdr Gulati briefed that the IAF Halwara authorities had gone out of the way to make the stay of the cadets comfortable and enjoyable. The cadets were made to interact with the ex NCC entries into the IAF in this camp also.

In the beginning, the cadets missed their homes and felt that the camp was tough but in the end the state was such that the cadets wanted the camp to be extended and did not want to go back home.

Cong takes on Akali-BJP govt

The District Congress Committee Ludhiana (Urban) president, Pawan Dewan, on Friday questioned the double standards of the Akali-BJP government in the state. He said, both the parties, which claimed to be the guardians of the farmers and urban people’s interests respectively, had miserably let down all sections of the society.

Addressing a public meeting in Ward 59 in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar area here on Friday, he pointed out that the Akali Dal was claiming to be the guardian and protector of the farmers’ interests which was not true as it had lathicharged them in Mansa where they were holding a peaceful agitation in support of their genuine demands.

Similarly, Dewan added, the BJP too had let people down in the urban areas. The urban areas were levied additional taxes with no amenities. The water supply was poor and the plight of the roads was miserable, he said the alliance had totally been exposed.Prominent among those present on the occasion include Satwinder Singh Jawaddi, Ramesh Sharma, Palwinder Singh Taggar, RS Gil, Sukhdev Singh Bhamra, Dr DP Singla and VP Singla etc.

‘Revamp education system’

Mandi Ahmedgarh: Terming complete overhauling of the education system as need of the hour, the Indo-British Business Forum’s Youngest Entrepreneur Award winner Tejinder Singh Sekhon urged the state and the Union government to revamp agrarian teaching in order to enable rural youths get their share in the central pool of administrative and allied services. He said this would also help rural youths adjust to new and challenging environment at the international level. — Tribune Reporters



Thieves decamp with gold jewellery, cash 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
Thieves struck at a house at Bhattian village today and decamped with gold jewellery and cash worth Rs 2 lakh. The incident took place at the house of Manbir Chaudhary, general manager, Duke logistic department.

Manbir along with his family was holidaying in Himachal Pradesh. The incident came to light when one of his neighbours saw doors of Manbir’s house open and informed him about the theft.

According to Anuj, one of Manbir’s relatives, thieves have stolen Rs 40,000 in cash, three gold chains and bangles. “I don’t know much as Manbir is returning home. 



Hosiery goods worth Rs 2 lakh stolen 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
Thieves struck at a shop located in Madhopuri and decamped with hosiery material worth Rs 2 lakh.

The theft came to light today morning when Som Nath Maggu reached his shop located in Madhopuri Street No 1 and saw the shutter uprooted.

Maggu said the thieves entered the shop and decamped with hosiery martial worth Rs 2 lakh kept in a sack. He claimed that a watchman had seen the thieves escaping with the stolen material. A case has been registered in this regard. 



City shuttler to represent India
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 6
Local badminton player, Pranav Chopra, is once again hogging headlines. After excelling at an international arena, Pranav, a trainee of the Ludhiana Badminton Academy, has been selected to represent the country in the World Badminton Championship to be held in London from August 8 to 14.

Honorary general secretary of the Badminton Association of India Dr Vijai Sinha said Pranav had been chosen for the men’s doubles event in the forthcoming championship. The list of players released by the apex body of badminton includes (men)- P Kashyap, Ajay Jayram, Rupesh Kumar, Sanave Thomas, Kona Tarun, Pranav Chopra and V Diju. Women- Sania Nehwal, Aditi Muttatkar, Jawla Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa.



Alpine school make a clean sweep 
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 6
Players of Alpine International Senior Secondary School wrapped up all titles in the boy as well as girl sections in the Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Complex (West) Table Tennis Tournament held here today.

Shuttlers from Alpine International School faced a little challenge from Jesus Sacred Heart School whom they overpowered 3-0 to clinch top honours in the girl’s under 14 group. DAV Public School, Jagroan, secured third position.

In the boy’s (u-14) section, Alpine International School defeated Amrit Indo-Canadian Academy, Ladian, 3-0 to win the title while Jesus Sacred Heart School finished third.

In the final (girls u-16), Alpine International School outplayed Amrit Indo-Canadian Academy 3-0 to win the title and DAV Public School, Jagraon, had to content with third position.

Similarly, Alpine International School defeated DAV Public School, Jagraon, in the boy’s under 16 category to win the title.

In the under 19 category, Alpine International School defeated Amrit Indo-Canadian Academy, Ladian, 3-0 in the girl’s section to annex the title. They defeated Jesus Sacred Heart School 3-0 to prove their class in the boy’s section. 



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