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2012 ushered in with a bang
Traffic jams, rowdy scenes, however, mar celebratory spirit in the city
Mohit Khanna/Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

A young man puts his best foot forward on the New Year’s Eve in Ludhiana
A young man puts his best foot forward on the New Year’s Eve in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan
A belly dancer enthrals revellers at a club; and (right) youngsters dance on roads to celebrate New Year in Ludhiana
A belly dancer enthrals revellers at a club; and (right) youngsters dance on roads to celebrate New Year in Ludhiana. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, January 1
Paying scant regard to the model code of conduct and Article 144 of the CrPC, many city residents hit the road to celebrate New Year. Thousands of youngsters from the city and nearby towns converged on the Sarabha Nagar market for the New Year celebrations.

Tipplers who were indulging in eve-teasing proved to be the spoilsport. Sporadic incidents of group clashes were also reported in different part of the city.

Tipplers were seen blocking the way of vehicles by dancing in the middle of the roads, which led to massive traffic jams in Sarabha Nagar and elsewhere in the city.

The police also had to resort to a mild cane-charge to disperse the crowd at the Sarabha Nagar and Fountain Chowk areas.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Ashish Chaudhry said, “We did not want to be a party pooper. It was only after the crowd went on the rampage that the police had to bring the situation under control.”

The cops were seen helplessly managing traffic. Though police officials said they would use alcohol-meter to keep a check on drunken driving, all such claims turned out to be a hoopla.

Several incidents of pick-pocketing and mobile thefts were also reported in different parts of the city.

The New Year eve turned out to be the biggest festival in the city last night, with most residents braving the cold to welcome the year 2012 in style.

If some preferred to dine and dance with friends and family members, others stayed away from parties and celebrated the eve by watching different TV channels. But as the clock struck 12, most of the city areas shunned darkness and celebrated under a splendid display of fireworks and crackers.

The city clubs and hotels raised the volume of their music systems and DJs and entertained not only those who were there, but also the nearby residents too. Some residents in BRS Nagar even switched on the lights of their homes and recited religious songs at midnight. Vinay Aggarwal, a businessman, said,"We organised a Ramayan Patth at our home and all the friends and relatives gathered here. It was a very good experience for us."

While some people who did not go out preferred to celebrate the day at home. Dr Kiran Grover, a scientist at PAU, said,"We watched some TV programmes and had a special dinner at home. I decorated my home with rangoli and some artifacts to welcome the guests in the morning."

Having a different way of entertainment, some people even went out for watching the movie. Daizy, a homemaker, said, "Since long I had been asking my family members for a film at a theatre and finally yesterday we could watch the last show. It helped me to break the monotony."

Not only youngsters but children also had a gala time. Jaideep Singh, a class IX student, said,"I invited my friends to my home for the dance party. It was real fun. Our parents were also with us and they too enjoyed a lot."

While old people who were feeling unable to move out, listened to old songs. Surinder Kumar, an old man, said," There was some elctricity problem at my place. So we welcomed the new year by listening old songs on transistor."


Unaccounted money
I-T Department strict, people feel the heat
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 1
The Income Tax (I-T) Department has taken a serious note of the unaccounted money being seized during the implementation of the code of conduct for the state Assembly elections.

The department has cracked its whip on offenders and set up a 24-hour control room for the same, leaving people, mostly businessmen, whose money is seized, in the lurch. People demand that the department should adopt some quick measure to dispose of such cases.

After the money is seized by the police, the information is sent to the IT department, which further investigates the case. A senior official from the department said if the person is able to prove the source of the money, it is given back to him, but if he fails to provide the same, the money is transferred into the government account.

Even if a person is given the clean chit, his case will be scrutinised during the annual filing of the return. "Nobody carrying money which is unaccounted for and unexplained will be let off by the department. The department is taking all such cases very seriously and every case will be marked to the assessing officer, who will scrutinise it later while the time of filing the return," he added.

Meanwhile, unaware of the fact that carrying unaccounted money could land him in trouble, a businessman Mohinderpal Singh rued that one of his employees was coming back after collecting payment and was caught by the police. "Since he was not carrying the receipt along, the money was transferred into government account. Now I can only get the money after my case is assessed once I file my 2011-12 annual return," he added.

Tax professional Jatinder Khurana said the department should adopt some simpler method for the same. "Once the money is transferred into the government account, getting it back is very complicated. Businessmen are taking the help of their lawyers and those whose money has been seized are left in the lurch. Such cases will be looked only during the assessment of their annual return. It may take years to take that money back," added Khurana.



5 held with weapons, one flees
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 1
The police claimed to have nabbed five persons from different parts of the city and seized three country-made pistols, two unlicenced pistols and a huge quantity of sharp-edged weapons from them late last night.

In the first incident, the Division No 4 police, led by SHO Amandeep Singh, nabbed a man during checking at Domoria Bridge last night and recovered a country-made weapon from his possession. The man, identified as Amit Kumar, a resident of Kundanpuri, was travelling on a scooter when he was stopped by the police for routine search.

During the search, the police found a weapon and arrested him. In the second incident, the Sahnewal police nabbed Jaswinder Singh, alias Billa, Dinesh Kumar, Balbir Singh, alias Dippu, Sanjay Kumar, while their fifth accomplice Rajbir managed to flee from the scene.

The Sahenwal police said the accused were planning to commit a robbery at the filling station last night. Besides sharp-edged weapons, the police seized two pistols and two country-made pistols from the possession of the accused.

The accused were today produced before court and sent to police remand.



Minimum temperature rises; cold wave persists
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 1
Though the minimum temperature has witnessed an increase in the past 24 hours, the cold wave persists in the region. The maximum temperature has dropped by about 2 degrees Celsius and the weatherman has predicted similar weather conditions in the next 48 hours.

According to the weatherman at Punjab Agriculture University, the minimum temperature recorded has been 7 degrees, while the maximum is hovering around 18 degrees Celsius. The minimum and maximum temperatures have increased by 5 degrees and 2 degrees Celsius, respectively. The sky will be partially cloudy with mild rainfall in certain parts of the region.

Meanwhile, the persistent cold wave has thrown life out of gear.Though there have been no reports of any casualty due to the cold wave, for the poor, the chilly weather has created lots of problems. For Radhey Sham, a rickshaw-puller, it has become difficult to make ends meet, as his customer base has been affected by the cold weather.

"In such chilly weather, people prefer autorickshaws to cycle-rickshaws, which are not covered. Yesterday, I could make just Rs 50 as there were no passengers. These two months are very difficult when we do not have passengers and brave severe weather conditions without enough money," rued the poor man.

Raj Kumar, a tea vendor near Deepak Cinema, said he was charging Rs 5 for a cup of tea. "The consumption of tea increases during the months of December and January and this is the time when we comparatively do brisk business. The labour class and shopkeepers consume much tea during the chilly weather. Though the poor find it difficult to pay Rs 5 per cup of tea, for shopkeepers, money is not a problem," said the vendor.



New police chief takes charge
Tribune News Service

Ishwar ChanderLudhiana, January 1
Soon after taking charge, Commissioner of Police Ishwar Chander made it clear that his primary job would be to ensure a smooth and fair conduct of the assembly elections scheduled for January 30.

He said he would put emphasis on maintaining the law and order situation and curbing incidents of snatching in the city. Besides, he would improve urban policing and ensure that the cops behave politely with the residents. Also, a special focus would be laid on solving traffic problems in the city.



assembly Poll
‘High-command’ assures ticket to all aspirants!
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 1
Though Akalis have declared the list of most of their candidates for the Assembly elections scheduled in Punjab on January 30, the Congress and the BJP have still to open their cards about the candidates to be fielded from the respective constituencies

Meanwhile, as far as the "aspirants" for party tickets are concerned, almost everyone is sure of getting the ticket as the "high-command" has given the "assurance" to them.

Many local councillors, belonging to the Congress party, had recently "camped" in Delhi to get the ticket. Some of them though have come back after being “assured” by the higher-ups. Many others said that they would return to the city after getting the ticket.

A Congress councillor said, "The party is pretty upset over the performace of the leaders in the last Assembly elections. The high-command has lost trust on the big fish, who were given tickets last time but lost the seats. They want a change this time. And my name is being considered as I have done a lot of work for my ward and the residents are happy over the development and my performance. It is a matter of just two-three days and everyone will come to know," said the councillor.

While a senior councillor from the BJP, who recently came from Delhi after meeting the leaders, said the party wanted energetic faces, who could really work hard. "Our leaders know everything while sitting in Delhi itself. They had specially called me to Delhi and appreciated my work and sincerity for the party. They asked me to go back and relax as my name is being considered for two constituencies. I expect to get the ticket in the next two days," said the aspirant.

A senior Congress leader said that everyone was "sure" of getting the ticket. On one seat, there were three-four aspirants on an average. "It may be any political party i.e., BJP or Congress, the aspirants make a beeline to the head office, seeking party ticket. I am into politics for the past 15-20 years, but I am witnessing several new faces who are ticket claimants. It is good to see the enthusiasm amongst the aspirants, but the parties field the strongest candidates for sure," said the leader.



ludhiana south constituency
Tough fight on cards
SAD (B) candidate Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura versus Balwinder Singh Bains
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 1
With the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) choosing Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura as its new candidate from the Ludhiana South constituency, the constituency is all set to witness a tough fight, as he would be contesting against his arch-rival Balwinder Singh Bains. Both leaders have always opposed each other on different platforms.

Before his expulsion from the party, the SAD had allotted party ticket to Balwinder Singh Bains, a Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) member and elder brother of rebel Akali leader Simarjit Singh Bains.

At that time also, Mayor Giaspura had lobbied hard for getting party ticket for his son Jaspal Singh Giaspura, also a municipal councillor, but the party showed confidence in Balwinder Singh Bains. But when Simarjit Singh Bains announced that he would be contesting as an independent against Cabinet Minister Hira Singh Gabria from Atam Nagar, both Simarjit as well as Balwinder were expelled from the party.

This time also, apart from Giaspura, former minister Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal was also eyeing this seat. But the party showed confidence in Hakam Singh Giaspura, a four-time municipal councillor.

Hakam Singh Giaspura said he was thankful to the SAD for showing confidence in him. “My family has been serving people of this constituency for a long time and I would win this seat for my party,” he said.

When asked about the “Bains factor” in the Ludhiana South constituency, Giaspura said, “Even though Bains is having some support in this constituency, as he is an independent candidate, he would not succeed in winning,” claimed Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura.

When the SAD-BJP won the 2007 municipal elections, Simarjit Singh Bains had lobbied hard to become Mayor, but with the intervention of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Hakam Singh Giaspura was chosen as the city Mayor. At that time, Bains was having support of around 22 councillors, but still he could not succeed. Ever since, Simarjit as well as Balwinder have been opposing Giaspura.



It’s Akali leaders versus Akali rebels
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 1
Now it would be the Bains brothers versus their main two political opponents in Atam Nagar as well as Ludhiana (South) constituencies of the city. Simarjit Singh Bains would be contesting against Cabinet Minister Hira Singh Gabria from Atam Nagar, while Balwinder Singh Bains would be contesting against Hakam Singh Giaspura from the Ludhiana (South) constituency.

Gabria and Giaspura have always been at loggerheads with the Bains brothers and it would be interesting to see who wins the seats from these constituencies.

Political observers feel that it would be more of Akali leaders versus rebel Akali leaders, “And the Congress party might gain out of this situation. All four of these leaders have good influence in their respective constituencies and that is why, the Congress candidates, which are yet to be announced, might gain.”

But Simarjit Singh Bains thinks the otherwise. “If anyone feels that the Congress would benefit from this situation, then he is mistaken as these two constituencies have always voted for leaders with a clean image and those who are not corrupt. We all know that both Gabria as well as Giaspura are the most corrupt leaders of the state,” claimed Bains.

Bains also accused Giaspura of playing a friendly match with the Congress party. “He is having business partnerships with Congress councillors and when Balwinder Singh Bains had got a party ticket, he had joined hands with Congressmen of the Ludhiana (South) constituency. But the political equations have changed now and it would be interesting to see how the Congressmen react now,” quipped Simarjit.

Giaspura claimed that he was having the support of a large number of councillors, whose wards fall in Ludhiana South. “Things would become clear when results are announced. It’s always the party, which wins the election and not some independent candidate,” said Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura.



assembly poll
Bad condition of link roads to be key issue
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, January 1
The Jagraon assembly constituency, which has now become a reserved post delimitation, has been lying neglected on the development front for more than one decade, as representatives elected in 2007 and 2002 were made to sit on the opposition benches.

Voters feel that they had to pay a heavy price for electing representatives of the opposition parties during the last two assembly elections.

The dilapidated condition of various link roads connecting Jagraon with villages would be the key issue for all political parties during the coming assembly elections. The link roads like Jagraon-Mallha, Jagraon-Sherpur, Jagraon-Galib, Jagraon-Kaunke and many others have been in a bad condition for the last several years.

Even the link road connecting Mallha, native village of former SAD MLA and district planning board chairman Bhag Singh Mallha, with Jagraon has not been repaired for more than nine years.

The bad condition of this link road even rocked the Punjab Assembly some time back when present Congress MLA Gurdeep Singh Bhaini raised the issue in the Vidhan Sabha following which assembly speaker Nirmal Singh Kahlon instructed agricultural minister Sucha Singh Langah to inspect the condition of this road. Besides, an NGO, Universal Human Rights Organisation, had even dragged the state government to the Punjab and Haryana High Court for ignoring the said link road.

Residents of Chakar and Sherpur villages had even boycotted the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) elections due to the bad condition of link roads connecting these villages to Jagraon. Similar is the condition of other link roads in Jagraon constituency, especially the Sidhwan area.

After delimitation, a few villages in the Jagraon constituency have been included in Mullanpur Dakha constituency and some others were shifted to Raikot constituency. The changed geographical boundaries of Jagraon constituency post delimitation are expected to have an impact on the poll arithmetic of various political parties.



Tug-of-war for land worth crores in old city area
Unidentified persons construct wall to take illegal possession
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 1
A urinal located in the old city has become a tug-of-war, as three persons are staking claim on the land said to be worth crores of rupees. The matter came to light when some unidentified persons constructed a wall near the block education office located at the old city area.

The matter was brought to the notice of the police this morning when employees of the education department lodged a complaint against unidentified persons for the construction of wall in the vacant land.

According to an official, when staff of the education department left for the day on Friday, some unidentified persons started constructing a wall for taking illegal possession of the land.

Block development and education officer (BDEO Mangat-3) said, “We don not know who were the persons behind the construction of the wall. We informed the higher officials of the department about the case. A police complaint has also been registered in the division No. 1 police station.”

SHO police station division No. 1, Aswani Kumar said, “Three different parties are claming their possession on that land. We asked all of them for the possession documents of the land. After the investigation, we can consider who the real owner is?”



They make their way into world on New Year
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 1
Indeed it was a special day for Puneet Vashisht and his wife Seema, who have been blessed with a son after a span of 10 years of their marriage. Seema delivered the baby boy at midnight at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital.

Jubilant Puneet, father of the newly born baby, said, “My wife delivered a baby boy at 1.30 am at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. It is indeed a big day for all of us. I feel that the Almighty has at last listened to our prayers and blessed us with the baby on the occasion of New Year.”

While another woman has been blessed with a baby girl at DMCH.

However, another expectant mother, Seema Thakur of Bhota village of Hamirpur district, delivered a baby girl at SAS Grewal Multi-specialty Hospital. Her husband Ajay Kumar said, “We are happy to have a baby girl on New Year. The baby was delivered at 7.10 am. Both baby as well as my wife are hail and hearty.”

Dr Gurvinder Kaur, medical officer at Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, said, “Till 2 pm, six deliveries were conducted here.”

At CMCH, four kids were born. At Shah Nursing Home, two kids were born today.

Meanwhile, Jatin Malhotra, cluster head of “Ambulance 108” service facilitated 14 delivery patients to reach hospital on time for delivery.



South Korean artistes enthral audience
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 1
International folk delegation from South Korea performed at the Punjab International Folk Festival (PIFF-2012) here today. Ten international performers from South Korea presented a cultural panorama based on Korean traditions.

They also presented folk dances of South Korea. The objective of the programme was to strengthen international friendship with Punjabis. The Punjab Cultural Promotion Council (PCPC) that had organised the programme would invite more international folk delegations to Punjab and Ludhiana between January 10 and January 16.



Residents irked over traffic jams
Lack of parking space, encroachments main reasons of chaos
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, January 1
Residents and commuters have been facing a tough time due to the frequent traffic jams on various roads of the town. The frequent traffic jams have irked the residents.

There seems to be no relief to the residents from the traffic jams. Even repeated efforts of the local traffic police and innovative ideas adopted by the police to smooth the traffic flow on different roads of the town has not worked and the situation is getting worse in stead of improving.

The most affected areas from frequent traffic jams include Lajpat Rai Road, College Road, Main Bazar, Sadan Market, Raikot Road, Kamal Chowk, Old Sabzi Mandi Road, Tehsil Road, etc, where long queues of vehicles stuck in traffic jams can be seen almost everyday.

According to the residents, one of the main reasons behind the traffic chaos on the roads is lack of parking space in the town. In the absence of proper parking space, people visiting various markets often park their vehicles haphazardly on roadsides thus obstructing the smooth flow of traffic.

Though the traffic police has tried a number of ideas to ease out the traffic problem during the recent past, nothing has come handy to control the situation. Apart from banning the entry of heavy vehicles in the main markets during the day, the police had also imposed hefty fines on traffic norms violators but still there is no improvement in the situation.

The traffic cops rue that despite a strict action taken by them against the violators, they have learnt no lesson and the practice of wrong parking of vehicles continues.

The visitors, on the other side, find lack of parking space responsible for the traffic chaos. “Due to lack of parking space, visitors have no option but to park their vehicles on the roadside, as a result of which there is always frequent traffic jams,” said Balraj Grewal, a resident of Gagra village.

Another factor, which is making the situation complex, is illegal encroachments by shopkeepers on both sides of the road. A large number of shopkeepers have encroached upon the roadsides in different areas, as a result of which the already narrow roads of the markets got more congested.

Though the police has been continually appealing to the shopkeepers to remove the encroachments, but to no affect.

Officials as well as representatives of the Municipal Council, too, do not bother to remove these encroachments. Municipal councillors often come to the rescue of such shopkeepers when the officials initiate any action against them.

DSP Jagraon, Harpal Singh also blamed encroachments by the shopkeepers and uneven parking of vehicles by the visitors responsible for the situation. “We have warned the people a number of times and even fined a large number of people for violating traffic norms but there is no change in the attitude of the people and they keep on parking vehicles in a wrong way, which is one of the main reasons behind the traffic jams,” he said.

MC president Baldev Krishan Dhir when asked about encroachments by the shopkeepers said, “We have launched a number of anti-encroachment drives during the past and even impounded goods kept by the shopkeepers but the things come to square one within two to three days of the action.”

Haphazard parking

According to the residents, one of the main reasons behind the traffic chaos on the roads is lack of parking space in the town. In the absence of proper parking space, people visiting various markets often park their vehicles haphazardly on roadsides thus obstructing the smooth flow of traffic.



‘Contribute towards administrative services’
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 1
Showing concern over the poor contribution of the border state towards the central pool of administrative and allied services, the IAS and Allied Services Training Centre at Punjabi University, Patiala, has launched a movement to sensitise students and teachers of educational institutes about the need for developing communication skills and improving general knowledge among passing-out students.

Special workshops and seminars will be organised at various government and private educational institutes of the area to give tips to students and teachers of these organisations for the preparation of competitive exams, including the IAS and Allied Services.

Free intensive coaching will be provided to students belonging to the Scheduled Castes and minority communities.

Talking to office-bearers of management committees of certain educational institutes during a meeting organised at the local MGMN Senior Secondary School, Dr Harjinder Pal Singh Walia, director of the centre, regretted that the border state had contributed poorly towards the central pool of administrative and allied services over the past few years. Maintaining that a lot was to be done to revive the lost glory of the state, Walia urged the office-bearers of educational institutes of the area to urge students from the rural areas to make the maximum use of the circle’s training services.

He said students from the general, SC, BC and other unprivileged categories were eligible to take admission in the institute. While special classes were provided coaching free of cost, a nominal fee was charged from the general category students.

General knowledge, personality development, communication skills and group discussion would be among the major areas of focus during the preliminary training in the field, said Walia.



Unkept promises annoy teacher unions
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 1
Despite the government putting in efforts to pacify teacher unions by accepting most of their demand just before the Assembly elections, it seems the imposition of code of conduct has spoilt the plans of SAD-BJP coalition to strengthen its vote bank as a majority of teachers are still unsatisfied.

Teachers working under the Education Guarantee Scheme (EGS) were seeking permanent jobs, but the government gave a go-ahead to only contractual jobs called “Sikhya Miter” with Rs 3,500 as salary.

ETT teachers of the zila parishad schools are the most unsatisfied ones. The government did not accept their demand of shifting their schools from the zila parishad to education department.

“The CM had promised us to shift the schools, but he did not do so,” an ETT teacher said.

The Master Cadre Union kept demanding a hike in grade pay. Though the government accepted their demand, still they were unsatisfied as the same grade was given to vocational and computers teachers.

The SSA and RMSA Teacher Union blocked roads several times to highlight its demands, but the authorities failed to fulfil the same. “We had demanded regularisation of jobs, but the ruling government did nothing in this direction,” said Dedar Singh Mudki, a member of the SSA and RMSA Teacher Union.



Promotion letters still awaited
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 1
Five days before the implementation of the code of conduct, Punjab education minister Seva Singh Sekhwan announced the promotions of 4,342 teachers in the state. But even after 10 days, teachers did not receive promotion letters. Now these teachers (master cadre, lecturers and headmasters) are feeling disappointed.

They are considering it “tactics” of the government to attract teachers’ votes. The teachers were feeling pleased by the announcement of the education minister and they also visited the education department office several times to know the status of promotion letter.

But the department was not able to assure them.

The teachers alleged that the education minister played tactics with them. He announced promotions without confirming the departmental proceeding of the promotions. Navdeep Kaur, a science teacher, said, “When the education minister announced the promotions, I was on cloud nine. Now after the code of conduct, we were cleared about the real status of the promotions. It is disappointing.”

Gurdev Singh, a lecturer, said, “It was an election tactic of the education minister to attract the teacher community. But they don’t know that we are a well-educated community and cannot be befooled.”



Seminar to dwell on effective teaching in technical institutes
Tribune News service

Ludhiana, January 1
The Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology will organise a five-day seminar from January 2 to January 6 on “Developing work culture for effective teaching in technical institutes” on its campus.

This faculty development programme will be in collaboration with Punjab Technical University (PTU), Jalandhar. The programme will focus on understanding learners, aligning learning principles and practices together.

The Faculty Development Programme will deliberate and explore tools and techniques which enable faculty to deliver high-quality academic programmes and support services in a flexible manner and explore the strategic use of information technology which enhances student engagement, improve access and make services more convenient.

The Faculty Development Programme will include resource persons from the educational institutions and industry with the participation of faculty members from different colleges of the PTU.



Talk on reconstructive surgery
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 1
Dr Bhupinder R Gupta, a consultant reconstructive plastic surgeon from Columbia Hospital, Florida, USA, visited the DMCH to deliver a talk on reconstructive options in complex trauma at the department of plastic surgery.

In his message, Dr Bhupinder R Gupta said some of the most common types of injuries that they treat in the USA were injuries from motor vehicle accidents. Car accident injuries affect various parts of the body, including head, neck and back injuries, that are certainly the most common and can frequently affect internal organs and upper and lower limbs.

“When you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, it is important that you seek medical care immediately,” said Dr Gupta.

Reconstructive plastic surgery, in such accidental cases, can change patient's lives by correcting or restoring both form and function besides saving his life.

Others present on the occasion were consultants from departments of Orthopaedics, Surgery and Plastic Surgery namely Dr Rajneesh Garg, Dr Atul Mishra, Dr Pankaj Mohindra, Dr Rajinder Mittal and Dr Ramneesh Garg.



Villagers dispose sewage in canal water
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Samrala, January 1
Fed up and finding no other way to dispose the sewerage water for several years, many residents of Baghour and Manki villages have started disposing sewage into the canal passing through the villages.

The flowing of sewage has contaminated the flowing canal water and the farmers have been forced to use it for their crops.

Although the village panchayats are aware about the problem but due to sewerage problems and lack of funds they have been unable to find way and are watching it with no solution.

Panch Gurinder Singh of Baghour village, while confirming the development, said they had asked the villagers many a times not to do it but finding the villagers find no other way.

The irrigation department has proposed to make lists of those who are polluting canal water with muddy water and have threatened to take legal action if the process is not stopped. The SDO, Chander Mohan, of the irrigation department said that he had ordered the lists of polluting homes.

When the BDPO, Sarabjit Kaur, was contacted in this regard she said the matter is very serious and they will take action against the violator.



reporters’ diary
Traffic violations by cops a norm in city

Much has been said and written about the men in uniform showing scant regard to traffic rules. Instances of jumping the traffic lights, not wearing the helmet while driving two-wheelers, disregarding the seat belts while driving four-wheelers and blaring hooters on police vehicles when not required by the police personnel are a common scene on the city roads. As if all these are not enough, police vehicles and other VIP cars with red-beacons atop them on certain "no entry" roads in the city is also an everyday affair. The other day an SUV driven by a policeman, and perhaps carrying the family members of some senior police official, had entered Ghumar Mandi Road from the Aaarti cinema side from where the entry of vehicles is prohibited. Being peak hours in the commercial hub, another armed policeman alighted from the SUV and started directing the oncoming traffic to make way for the VIP vehicle. It seems the men in khaki do not believe in leading by example.

‘Favourite lines’

A few days back when a journalist asked Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal about the book by L K Advani, he replied, “I don’t know anything about what Advani wrote in his book.” Now journalists talk among themselves that these have become the CM’s favourite lines over the years as by feigning ignorance, he gets away without answering any uneasy questions. “Kaka thonu ta pata e aa saara,” is the often-repeated refrain from the CM.

Craze for English

When a few youngsters were asked about their New Year resolutions, many of them said they wanted to learn English. The reason behind craze for “angreji” for most of them was they wanted to “go to phoren”, while for others it was a key to a better job opportunity. Almost everyone in Punjab feels that English is the mantra for success.

Poll code

As the state assembly elections are drawing closer, political leaders are making it a point to hog the limelight. Before the imposition of the model code of conduct, the streets were flooded with all kinds of advertisements (see photo) by political leaders. But, now almost all of them have been removed, leaving many leaders sad. One such leader had installed several boards in different parts of the Ludhiana (West) constituency on December 23. But the very next day, the boards had to be removed due to the model code of conduct. “I kept waiting for installing these boards at the right moment. Unfortunately, they could hardly remain on the streets for even 24 hours,” rued the leader.

Long for New Year ‘gifts’!

The upper strata in the "cash-rich" city left no stone unturned to have a blast on the New Year eve by spending several thousands, but for the downtrodden, it was just another day. While those blessed were enjoying the celebrations at farm-houses, restaurants and big hotels with their near and dear ones, the underprivileged kept on struggling with the severe weather conditions by making a fire of wood and dry leaves. A visually-impaired woman sitting outside Dandi Swami Temple here said, "Still we wait for the New Year when good samaritans give us alms. I got a new blanket last night and it is so warm. I will have some respite from the chilly weather."

Sweet gesture!

In a hurry to reach his/her destination, one hardly gets the time to feel good or relaxed. But kids are perhaps the perfect stress busters. It was on Friday when an auto carrying school kids suddenly became the centre of attraction for many on Dandi Swami Road. The kids who were on their way home were wishing every passerby "Happy New Year" greetings and were also asking the same from others too. But when a gentleman did not comply, the auto driver requested,"Please wish them back, as they have got school for the last day of the year. Listening to this the passerby said, "Happy new year to one and all" and left away with smile.

Contributed by Kuldeep Bhatia, Charanjit Singh Teja, Gurvinder Singht, Puneet Pal Singh, Shivani Bhakoo, Anupam Bhagria




Woeful road stretch

I happened to pass the Samrala Chowk-Machhiwara-Rahon-Nawanshahr stretch recently. Crossing the around 40-km stretch was a nightmarish experience for me.

Potholes, depressions, cracks, craters, etc are all that “welcome” the motorists, making them curse their bad luck. It seems the stretch has not been re-laid over the years despite the fact that it sees heavy traffic all the time.

The unlit stretch becomes all the more dangerous at night, especially for two-wheeler riders. A number of accidents have occurred here and more are waiting to happen.

Moreover, three-four blind curves and the Satluj bridge in Rahon along the route need floodlights.

One hopes the authorities will swing into action and rid the commuters of undue trouble.

— Tarundeep Aggarwal



3 arrested with arms
Our Correspondent

Amloh, January 1
Two motorcycle-borne persons were arrested at the Annian road bridge during patrolling by the police party led by ASI Ved Parkash with one .12 bore pistol with two live cartridges.

They were going on a Pulsar motorcycle without a number plate. ASI Sarabjit Singh also arrested another person and recovered one .315 bore pistol with four cartridges. He, too, was going on a motorcycle without the number plate, said SP (D) Gurpreet Singh, DSP Arashdeep Singh and SHO Parshotam Singh Ball at a press conference here today.

The accused have been identified as Amandeep Singh, alias Aman, a resident of Patiala, Kulwant Singh, alias Sukha, a resident of Madan Pur Lalheri village of Patiala district, and Babblu Kumar, a resident of Bharat Nagar, Patiala.

The Amloh police has registered a case under Sections 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act and Section 411 of the IPC.



cricket tournament
Saraswati School triumph over SDP
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 1
Saraswati Model Senior Secondary School, Partap Singh Wala on the Hambran road, defeated SDP Cricket Academy by 49 runs to run home as champions in the Fifth Sanjiv Kaushik Memorial Cricket Tournament (boys-14) played at Don Bosco High School Ground, Jhande village, on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur road here.

Saraswati Model Senior Secondary School's skipper, Harpreet Harry decided to bat first after winning the toss. The move turned out to be a calculated as the team scored 155 runs for the loss of nine wickets in the allotted 20 overs. The top scorer was Chetan Handa with 26. Prince Kanda and Harpreet Harry too played well, contributing 25 runs each while Ankit scrored 18 runs.

For SDP Cricket Academy, Iqbal Singh was the most successful bowler, capturing three wickets for 13 runs in three overs. Prabhjot Singh grabbed two wickets for 18 runs in as many overs while Anmol Chugh secured one wicket for three runs in one over.

Chasing the modest total, SDP Cricket Academy players fell victims to some accurate and consistent bowling by Piyush Sharma and captain, Harpreet Harry as their innings folded at 66 runs in 15.4 overs.

Only two batsmen, Pawan Kumar and Iqbal Singh, managed to wage some semblance of resistance. Pawan scored 23 runs while Iqbal Singh made 10 runs and Mohit chipped in with 9 runs.

For the winning side, Piyush Sharma took four wickets in his four overs after conceding 13 runs and Harpreet Harry claimed three wickets for 13 runs while Prince Kanda grabbed two wickets for 16 runs in two overs.

Anmol Chugh and Chetan Sharma of the SDP Cricket Academy were declared the best batsman and the best wicket keeper, respectively, while Harpreet Hary and Piyush Sharma, both from Saraswati Model Senior Secondary School were adjudged as the best all rounder and the best bowler, respectively. Each of them was given a cash prize of Rs 2,100 and sports kit.

Additional sessions judge, Gurdaspur, Harveen Bhardwaj, was the chief guest in the final while retired sessions judge and the member of Punjab State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, Inderjit Kaushik, was the guest of honour on the occasion.



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