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11 injured in accident
Tata 407 rams into stationary truck
Mohit Khanna/Mahesh Sharma
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 21
Wedding celebrations turned sour after a pick-up truck ferrying 11 members of a marriage party rammed into a stationary truck near a resort on the Alamgir road here today.

Out of 11 persons who were injured in the accident, eight were women. Five persons who sustained serious injuries were rushed to the Civil Hospital while those who suffered minor injures were admitted to a private hospital.

The injured have been identified as Satti (30), Seema (20), Reshma (25), Gulam Rasul (65), Heeran (45), Laddu (20), Darai (26), Baano (50), Hasham (30), Shama (18) and Pari (60). The victims are residents of Ahmedgarh Mandi.

The condition of Gulam Rasul and Reshma is stated to be critical. Rasul sustained severe head injury while Reshma sustained a broken jaw.

The incident took place in the wee hours of today when the marriage party was returning home after attending a wedding ceremony in Phagwara.

Laddu, a victims, said the driver of the vehicle, Sukha Singh, lost control of the steering wheel after his eyes were hit by a bright light from the oncoming traffic. The vehicle collided with a truck after hitting a divider.

Onlookers claimed that the driver of the truck was drunk and rammed into a divider. The driver fled the scene following the accident.

An ambulance reached the spot and rushed the victims to various hospitals.

The Dehlon police said the Tata 407 had collided with the truck, which was stranded on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road, near here, at about 3.30 am.


Eye on polls, councillors take up development works
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 21
As the Municipal Corporation (MC) elections are nearing, councillors have started beautifying their respective wards. In several parts of the city, MC officials can be seen re-carpeting roads, installing direction boards and tube wells, besides carrying out other development works.

Municipal Corporation officials re-carpet roads in the Civil Lines area, Ludhiana, on Saturday. Councillors are rushing with development works in their respective wards following the announcement of the civic body elections.
Municipal Corporation officials re-carpet roads in the Civil Lines area, Ludhiana, on Saturday. Councillors are rushing with development works in their respective wards following the announcement of the civic body elections. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Some of the roads were in a shambles for long, but after the MC elections were announced, the councillors suddenly geared up to carry out development in their wards.

The councillors, however, term it a routine affair and claim it has nothing to do with the elections. “Since summer is here, there is a shortage of water supply in some areas. That is why I have asked my workers to keep a tab on all the tube wells that need to be repaired. We want to re-carpet all roads before monsoon,” claimed Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal, Akali councillor from Ward No. 59.

Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura and Akali Dal district president Hira Singh Gabria have already convened a meeting of councillors and have urged them to set their respective wards in order. The councillors have been asked to prepare files related to development works to be carried out in their respective wards so that these could be cleared before the model code of conduct comes into force.

“I have prepared files related to the re-carpeting of roads, installation of new streetlights, beautification of parks and installing tube wells for my own ward. Hopefully, the finance and contract committee meeting would be held soon and I have been told by senior leaders that my files would be cleared in that particular meeting,” claimed a BJP councillor, who did not wish to be identified.

Recently, nominated BJP district president Parveen Bansal, who is also the Senior Deputy Mayor, has started holding meetings of the Mahila Morcha, party ward presidents and other office-bearers.

“I have asked the party workers to gear up for the elections. They have been asked to contact residents in their respective areas so that if there is any problem, it could be taken care of. We are adopting a proactive approach,” Bansal said.



Desks, walls at college double as copying aids
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

A desk at SCD Government College has been defaced by students to jot down notes ahead of exams.
A desk at SCD Government College has been defaced by students to jot down notes ahead of exams. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, April 21
Desks in schools and colleges often turn into canvas for students to doodle, engrave and write. Students at SCD Government College have turned desks and walls into “reading material”. Some sneak in examination rooms some time before the examination and jot down points on desks for copying during the exam.

Desks in some of the classrooms at the PTA block of the college have been particularly “defaced” by students. Most of them have used permanent markers for writing long answers on the desks. They have written reams on table tops and even walls have not been spared.

“This is turning into an annual affair, particularly during final exams,” a faculty member said on the condition of anonymity.

“It is expensive to paint the desks, but even private students coming from outside show scant respect and ruin the desks, an official said.

“Students pursuing higher education should be more responsible, but they act like children,” another faculty member remarked.

This raises questions about why rooms are left open before examinations. Principal Jasbir Kaur Makkar said the classrooms had to be opened a bit early for writing the roll numbers. Students these days do not have a sense of belongingness with the college and spoil the desks otherwise also, she said“We have to get them cleaned every year,” she added.

Prof DS Chahal, controller of examinations at the college, said examination rooms had to be opened half-an-hour prior to the exam. During this period, superintendents are deputed at the entrance so that no person with fake roll number could enter the exam room. Students might be using that time to write the answers, he said.

An official said at least two examiners should be deputed in the exam rooms to check this practice and anyone caught writing on the desks should be debarred from the examination.



MLA, councillor spar over tube well inauguration
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 21
An Akali MLA and a councillor are at loggerheads over the inauguration of a tube well in the New Shakti Nagar area. MLA Ranjit Singh Dhillon had inaugurated the tube well yesterday while councillor Daljit Singh Grewal inaugurated the same tube well in the evening.

Both Dhillon and Grewal have been at loggerheads since the recently held Vidhan Sabha elections. Before the elections, they both were SAD councillors from Ward Nos. 2 and 8, respectively. Dhillon had successfully contested the elections on SAD ticket from the Ludhiana East constituency while Grewal contested as an Independent from the same constituency. He was then expelled from the party.

New Shakti Nagar falls in Ward No. 8, which is represented by Grewal. However, the ward falls in the Ludhiana East constituency, which is represented by Dhillon.

Dhillon claimed that a few days ago, residents of New Shakti Nagar had complained to him that they were not getting potable water. “I immediately took up the matter with MC officials from the operations and maintenance cell. They visited the spot and told me that there was some problem with the bore of the tube well. I got an estimate of the development work prepared and got it approved from senior MC officials.

The work started and I inaugurated it in the presence of the MC officials concerned. I wonder why Grewal visited the site later, when he did not even know about the actual problem,” claimed Dhillon.

On the other hand, Grewal said he had got the estimate of the work prepared and managed to get the orders for its execution. “The tube well was installed in street number 3 of New Shakti Nagar about 18 months ago and I had got it installed under my quota.

When I came to know about the problem, I took up the matter and managed to get the work started.

Dhillon visited the spot at around 9 am and at that time, the boring machine, with which the work had to start, had not even arrived. The MLA just got his pictures clicked and left, while the work actually started when I reached there,” he claimed.



2 held for duping youths
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 21
The police has arrested two persons for allegedly duping residents of money on the pretext of providing them with government jobs. The accused, identified as Nirmal Singh and Hardeep Singh, were running Jan Seva Society in the Shimlapuri area.

Besides important documents, the police seized nearly 182 demand drafts sent by jobless youths from the possession of the accused.

The investigating officer said the society was not registered and the duo was placing advertisements in vernacular dailies to lure jobless youths. After the youths came in contact with the placement agency, the duo used to take huge amounts of money from them on the pretext of getting them a job in some government department.

The accused used to change offices every few months.



Teacher & angel for visually impaired boy
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 21
A government schoolteacher from Tarn Taran district is running from pillar to post to get the best treatment for a student whose right eye was damaged from herpeszoster (a viral disease) last year.

Jaswinder Kumar, a teacher at Government Elementary School, Rampur Narottampur, said: “Kamlesh is studying in Class II in my school. He got admission here only after my persuasion on April 1 this year. A few days ago when I was teaching in the class, I observed that he was trying very hard to see the blackboard. I learnt he had visibility problem after he suffered from herpeszoster. He has two younger brothers and a sister. His parents hail from Bihar. His father is a labourer and was unable to get him treated. I thought of helping him as he has a long life ahead of him.”

Jaswinder Kumar contacted eye surgeons at the PGI, Chandigarh, who advised him to get the child operated after a few months.

Jaswinder said: “It was in March when I visited the PGI along with Kamlesh and doctors told me that he would have to undergo three procedures in one surgery.

These include cornea transplant, lens replacement and removal of cataract. And the surgery should be done within five-six months. I contacted Dr Ramesh, medical director of an eye bank, for a second opinion today.

He told me the cornea transplant would be done free of cost. I have already collected Rs 15,000 from some donors. But I am yet to decide about the surgery. Funds is not a big problem for me. The child should be healthy.”

Teary eyed, Jaswinder said Kamlesh was very good at studies and wanted to be a maths teacher. He wished he could fulfill the boy’s dream.

Pledging eyes

Jaswinder Kumar, his wife Monika and his five-year-old son have already pledged their eyes. Following in the footsteps of his teacher, Kamlesh said: “I have also filled an eye donation form at the PGI. I also want to help someone in need.”



Dairy farming
Declining fertility worries experts
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 21
The Punjab state tops in per-cow milk production in the country; however, the increased milk production has predisposed the animals to certain diseases called production diseases. Related to increased production, in the past few years, declining fertility of the livestock has infact, become a matter of concern among the state dairy farmers.

The poor expression of heat and wrong time artificial insemination was a major problem with the buffaloes, while hormonal imbalances were identified in high yielding cows, which reduced their fertility rates.

The experts at GADVASU said that perturbed over the sudden diseases, many dairy farmers even thought of closing their ventures. Dr PS Brar, professor at GADVASU said that with the support of Rashtrya Krishi Vigyan Yojna, the standardised protocols have been applied at farmers’ doorsteps.

Giving details, Dr Brar said that at Rehpa Buffalo Centre, SBS Nagar, SS Dhindsa an NRI had kept about 250 buffaloes, the fertility of animals was improved by 27 per cent due to certain adopted techniques.

The farmer feels that with controlled breeding of buffaloes, he can devise models for regular inputs and economic evaluation of the farm", said the expert.

Similarly, HS Randhawa, owner of Randhawa Dairy Farm, Kapurthala, and Pritipal Singh of Kotli village, Ludhiana, who had once planned to almost close their dairy farms, had now put 100 per cent animals under controlled breeding programme and their production and fertility was improved.

Under the standardisation programme, a group of animals was brought to oestrus through hormonal interventions at a specified time, as convenient to the farmer and inseminated with semen from bulls of high genetic potential. This protocol not only alleviated the problem of heat detection but also improved the conception rates and genetic potential of the dairy animals.

Dr Brar said that the average cost of one time treatment was about Rs 500, which was roughly equivalent to the milk yield of two days. With expected conception rates of 65 per cent, the cost per conception came out to be nearly Rs 800. Missing one-oestrus cycles of 21 days costs farmer more than Rs 2,500. In buffaloes, the situation was much serious with 20 per cent buffaloes conceiving after a year of parturition. "It makes the buffalo rearing highly uneconomical. The dairy buffaloes should be given nutrition matching their production and even if the buffaloes and cows, who do not conceive by day 90th and 60th, respectively, should be put to hormonal protocols for early conception and round the year production of milk", said Dr Brar.



Saving Sutlej: Students do their bit
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

A students make a list of things left behind by people.
A students make a list of things left behind by people.

Ludhiana, April 21
An army of little campaigners stood there, collecting all the garbage, including polythene bags, pieces of cloths, and earthen pots, religious pictures left behind by people on the banks of the Sutlej.

Standing on the banks near the Phillaur bridge, they implored the people not to throw material into the river, and did some tough talking in order to make them feel a sense of guilt. They applauded many sarcastically, "to hurt their egos", but they kept streaming in one after the other on Saturday morning, throwing coins, oats, pulses, matkis, coconuts, religious photographs all wrapped in polybags for the "jal-prawah". Being indifferent to the children’s appeal on a loudspeaker, some just smiled while throwing the "sacred" and "ritualistic" materials in the river.

The students of BCM Arya Model School, along with the volunteers of the city-based NGO RBS Roots, carried out cleaning on the banks of the Sutlej in the morning. They were told about the problem of pollution and how it is creating problems for the people. The whole exercise was part of the World Earth Day celebrations.

The school, in collaboration with NGO, Ocean Savers of India, has launched a drive in order to sensitise students as well as the general public to save the precious 
rivers by raising environment awareness.

The schoolchildren carried placards, banners and posters with messages about saving the rivers and the environment.

Dr Amandeep Bains from RBS Roots said people throw polythene bags along with other materials used in various rituals, which is the cause of pollution in the river. Even more harmful are the dyeing and electroplating units that discharge chemicals in rivers, which is a cause of cancer in the region. It is a problem much bigger than drug addiction as a person taking drugs is harming his life, but because of this kind of pollution, people are taking ill for no fault of theirs, he said.

Some students said they were talking about this problem but when they actually went to clean the river, they realised that the problem was much bigger and worse than they first thought. "We have to spread this awareness among our elders that throwing various materials in the rivers is doing no good, rather it is leading to pollution and problems,” said Anchal, a student. Saveen Singla, another student of class X, said this was causing cancer among people and they need to know about it. People throw even wedding cards, burnt ashes in the rivers, another students said.

The Sutlej is clean before Ludhiana, and entering the district it turns black, said another student.



From Schools
Earth Day celebrations

Don Bosco Global School

Ludhiana: A 'Green Walk' was organised by Don Bosco Global School (DBGS), Ludhiana, to celebrate the Earth Day. After a speech by Dr TS Nagpal, the executive director of the school, the students expressed their thoughts on the topic of environment. A 'nukkad natak' was also presented depicting the need to save water. Morning walkers took part in the signature drive by writing messages on the 'Humanitree'. The guest of honour, Ashish Choudhary, the DCP, flagged off a ‘green walk’.

GMT Public School

World Earth Day was celebrated at the GMT Public School. The students were informed about the importance of Earth Day and to preserve our nature. A speech highlighting the importance of our nature and its protection was the main topic of the day. Junior students were attired so beautifully representing fruits, veggies, tree and flowers. A face painting competition was also organised on the campus on the topic "My Earth-a beautiful abode. The students very skillfully displayed their strokes highlighting the nature.

Guru Nanak Public School

The students were made aware about the conservation of nature through a powerpoint presentation. Banners and charts were displayed depicting the state of conservation. The banners read like "go green and plant”, “Don't panic go organic”, “Save water save life." The Earth Day celebrations evoked feeling of concern about the environmental crisis among the students. Three R's; reduce, recycle, reuse were also highlighted.

St GDS Convent School

The students and staff of St GDS Convent School, Rahon Road, celebrated Earth Day. A special assembly was organised in which speeches were delivered on the topic “Earth Day”, telling the students about the history of earth day and how to protect the earth from being depleted. A quiz on environment was also organised.



Stray-dog scare in Khanna, adjoining areas
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khanna, April 21
The menace of stray dogs is prominent in several areas of Khanna, Khamano and Samrala. The residents of Khanna are scared to see dogs as a large number of cases of dog bite have been reported in the past. Groups of stray dogs could be found in every locality of the city while the administration seems the least bothered about this menace.

A visit to different localities of the city revealed that children playing in the streets are always at risk of dog bites. The residents have alleged that the local body authorities give no ear on their demands even as the population of stray dogs is increasing in the city.

A few days ago, stray dogs attacked a calf and ate him to death. The incident happened at the military ground in the Amloh road area of the city. It is pertinent to mention that after a gap of some days the incidents of dog bite are reported in every locality, but no body seems to be bothered about ridding the areas of this menace.

Municipal councillor Vijay Sharma said a scooterist had a narrow escape a few days ago when a group of stray dogs cornered him when his scooter broke down on the way. Hearing his cries, some passers-by somehow managed to save him from the stray dogs. Sharma said the incident happened in the Focal Point area of the city.

He said during the Congress regime about five years ago, Rs 3 lakh was allocated to the Municipal Committee, Khanna, for sterilisation of stray dogs. Nobody knows about utilisation of the amount while the number of stray dogs is increasing day by day, he alleged.

When Guminder Singh Lali, former vice-president of the Municipal Committee, Khanna, admitted that the amount for the purpose of sterilisation of stray dogs had been received but before a plan could be chalked out the regime changed.

Meanwhile, Iqbal Singh, president of the Municipal Committee, Khanna, said no guidelines regarding sterilisation of stray dogs had come to their notice. However, he said if the authorities concerned would instruct them then they would start sterilisation of stray dogs in the city.



Thapar elected Knitwear Club chief
Efforts on to decide names for other posts unanimously
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 21
Last time the 2010 elections of the Knitwear Club had become the talk of the town as high drama was witnessed after the declaration of the election results. The matter took days to be solved. But this year the members have decided to unanimously pick their candidates.

Today, during a meeting, the members of the club unanimously decided that Vinod Thapar will be the chairman of the club. Talks for the post of president are still going on. "Darshan Dawar’s name is being proposed but no name has been finalised yet. We will try that the members are elected unanimously," said Vinod Thapar.

At present, Vinod Thapar is holding the post of president and Darshan Dawar is the vice-president of the club.

More powers have been given to the chairman this time bringing them on a par with that of the president. "Now, the chairman will not be a silent spectator but has been given the power of signing authority as well," said Thapar.

Thapar is a founder member of the organisation and has been leading this club since 2000. He said at today's meeting, efforts were made that all the members are elected unanimously. "We want the elections to be a peaceful process. Although candidate for the post of chairman has been finalised, talks are still going on for the post of president, general secretary and other ones," he said.

A slice of history

The Knitwear Club was formed way back in 1984. It was the vision for mutual progress that brought together the knitwear and allied industry to a common platform. The club made a humble beginning with 110 members and now has over 1,000 direct and indirect members. With single-minded devotion to the growth of the knitwear industry, problems related to policy, fiscal, technical or commercial issues are voiced and pursued with the respective government agencies. Seminars, lectures, training programmes, exhibitions and workshops comprise the activities of the club.



Councillor of CPI joins BJP camp
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 21
As the Municipal Corporation elections are nearing, the politics of poaching has started among different parties. A fortnight after CPI councillor Sarabjit Lal joined the BJP, now BSP leader Varinder Sharma, who had contested the last MC elections on the BSP ticket, has joined the BJP. He joined the party in the presence of BJP district president and senior deputy mayor Parveen Bansal yesterday.

Varinder Sharma, alias Koffy, had contested the last MC elections on the BSP ticket from ward number 1.

Speaking to The Tribune, Parveen Bansal stated that Varinder Sharma was the district vice-president of the BSP.

“During a recent meeting, he showed his willingness to join the BJP and finally, he joined the party today. He has joined the party without any pre-condition and decision that whether or not he would be contesting the June 10 MC elections will be taken at a later stage and after consultation with senior party leaders,” claimed Bansal.

Before Sharma, MC councillor from ward number 26 Sarabjit Lal had joined the BJP on April 6. He had won the last MC elections of 2007 on the Communist Party of India (CPI) ticket and was the only councillor from the CPI in the 75-member MC house. Both Sarabjit Lal’s and Sharma’s entries into the BJP have been possible due to Parveen Bansal’s effort. Bansal has recently become the BJP district president.



Juneja is Tax Bar Assn chief
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 21
A meeting of the Punjab Tax Bar Association was held here today during which Ashok Juneja was unanimously elected president of the association for three years. He has already served as chairman of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust. Harish Rai Dhanda was elected patron, KL Goyal chairman, Anil Sareen vice-chairman, BR Kaushal secretary-general and Rajpal Gupta and HR Saldi vice-presidents.

At the meeting, discussions were also held regarding the constitution of the Punjab Taxation Bar Association.

The members of the association have decided to conduct regular meetings pertaining to value added tax and direct and indirect central taxes with the central boards and the Union Finance Minister.

"We should regularly exchange information and views regarding circulars and notices issued by the income tax department and excise and taxation department," said BR Kushal, secretary-general of the Punjab Tax Bar Association.



High drama witnessed over leader’s bus
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 21
High drama was witnessed near the Bharat Nagar chowk here today when a wrongly parked bus belonging to the transport company run by a political bigwig was impounded.

The incident took place here this evening when the traffic police indicated the bus driver to move the vehicle and not to create traffic jam on the road.

But, the driver rebuffed the orders and reportedly told the police that the bus belonged to politicians.

This led to a heated argument and the matter was brought to senior traffic police officers’ notice. Taking swift action, the bus was impounded and taken to the Police Lines.

It was later during the evening that the bus was released following instructions that the drivers would not use politicians’ name in order to escape unpunished for flouting traffic rules.



2 jail inmates die at Civil Hospital
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 21
Two inmates, who were lodged in Central Jail, died in the Civil Hospital after their condition worsened, here today. The deceased have been identified as Bhupinder Singh (55) and Waryam Singh (55). Both were rushed to the Civil Hospital here this morning after their condition worsened in the jail. Bhupinder Singh, who was lodged in jail in connection of a murder case, was suffering from tuberculosis (TB), while Waryam Singh, who was under going jail term in connection with a drug peddling case, suffered a suspected cardiac arrest. Deputy Superintendent of the Central Jail, Jagwant Sharma, said that Waryam Singh was suffering from asthma and had, earlier, received treatment from Rajindra Hospital, Patiala.



Woman molested
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 21
Raising reservations on the tall claims of the police that the city is a safe haven for the women, eight miscreants allegedly molested a women in full public view at Kum Nagar near the Dhandra road area here on April 19.

The matter came to light when the victim mustered courage and reported the matter to the police today.

According to the victim, she was in the Besant Avenue area when a youngster hurled nasty comments at her. She snubbed him. But he kept on chasing her woman up to her house.

Later in the evening, when she went out of the house, the youth, along with his seven accomplices, allegedly molested her. The victim said people gathered at the spot after she raised an alarm. Seeing people gather they fled from the scene.

The Sadar police has registered a case and started investigation. It could be a suspected case of road rage and the youngster, along with his friend, could have chased the woman up to her house following an accident.



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