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A gory day in city, surroundings
Auto-rickshaw driver killed, 2 hurt
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 20
An auto-rickshaw driver was killed and two motorcyclists were seriously injured following an accident between the auto-rickshaw and the motorcycle in Janta Nagar here today.

The deceased was identified as Sham Sunder (30). Gurjit Singh, a physically challenged man, and Gulshan Kumar sustained multiple injuries and were rushed to Civil Hospital.

According to Som Nath, investigating officer, the incident took place in the afternoon when the auto-rickshaw was heading from Bhagwan Chowk towards Gill Chowk. Suddenly, three persons riding the motorcycle lost control over the vehicle.

The auto-rickshaw driver, in order to avoid collision with the bikers, took a sharp turn. But the motorcycle rammed into the auto-rickshaw due to which the vehicle overturned. The impact was so strong that the auto-rickshaw driver was tossed out of the vehicle and his head smashed against the pavement of the road.

"We have impounded the vehicle and will register a case," said Som Nath.

Meanwhile, residents came to the rescue of the injured and rushed them to hospital in 108 emergency ambulances.

A pall of gloom descended on the house of Sham Sunder. The wife of the deceased was inconsolable and was seen cursing the moment when her husband left home for work.

The auto-driver leaves behind a five-year-old son and a two-year-old daughter. "It was Sunday and Sham Sunder was planning to take rest. Suddenly he got a call and planned to ferry some material on his auto-rickshaw. Had I known that he would meet with an accident, I would not have let him go," lamented his wife. The parents of Sham Sunder were in a state of shock and residents were thronging their house to mourn his death. Gulshan and Gurjit of Sanjay Gandhi Colony near Tibba Road were returning home along with their third companion after paying their obeisance at Alamgir Gurdwara.

Man dies after fall from building

Ludhiana: A 30-year-old construction labour died after falling from the fourth floor of an under-construction building in Ssouth City on Sunday.

The deceased was identified as Rakesh Kumar, a migrant labourer, who was taking construction material on the fourth floor of an under-construction building when he lost balance and fell.

The fellow labourers and residents rushed to rescue Rakesh, who was bleeding profusely, but he died while being taken to hospital.

The police took the body in its possession and sent it for the postmortem examination at the Civil Hospital. The police also initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPc.

Rakesh was the second labourer who lost his life during work. Earlier this week, an unidentified construction labourer had died while cleaning a septic tank at Hargobind Nagar.

Youth stabbed

Ludhiana: A youth sustained stab injuries while trying to separate two fighting groups in Chaura Bazar here this evening.

The incident took place when the youth, identified as Imran (18), who works as a salesman at a cloth shop, tried to separate the fighting groups. Amidst the melee, Imran was stabbed in the abdomen.

After stabbing him, the assailants fled from the scene. Imran was rushed to hospital, where his condition was stated to be serious.

In the meantime, the police registered an attempt to murder case against unidentified youths and started investigation.


6 injured in road accident, 1 critical
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, May 20
A major tragedy was averted when a tempo ferrying more than 20 persons went down a road after a tyre of the tempo burst and the passengers, including some children travelling in the tempo, fell on the road near a sharp curve.

Six persons were injured in the accident while some women and children received minor injuries.

In the meantime, a truck coming from the rear side approached the scene, but when the truck driver noticed the injured passengers lying on the road, he turned the truck away from the road quickly, trying to save the people on the road.

While doing so, he lost control over the truck and the truck rolled down the road. The truck driver, identified as Ajib of Malerkotla, and his son Akram also got injured during the accident.

The accident took place near Sirhind Feeder Canal Bridge on the Jagraon Raikot Road this evening when the tempo was going towards Talwandi village from Jagraon.

According to an eyewitness, had the truck driver not acted swiftly and turned away his truck quickly, the accident could have turned into a major tragedy.

Soon after the accident, people from a nearby village rushed the injured to Civil Hospital, Jagraon. The injured were identified as Janak Sharma, Jaspal Singh, Sukhdeep Kaur and Amandeep Kaur who hail from Talwandi village and were travelling in the tempo.

Jaspal Singh was referred to the DMCH, Ludhiana, due to his critical condition, while the remaining five are undergoing treatment at the hospital and their condition is stated to be out of danger.

Some women and children also received minor injuries during the accident and were released from the hospital after the first-aid.

Meanwhile, a case has been registered against the tempo driver Joga Singh at the Raikot Adda police post Jagraon for the negligent driving and the investigation has been started.

According to the investigating officer, Mukhtiar Singh, the tempo driver fled from the scene after the accident.

The police is conducting raids to nab him, said Mukhtiar.



Tragedy averted in city
Timely action controls spread of fire at building
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 20
A tragedy was averted when a generator set caught fire in a building at Pakhowal Road today afternoon. Timely action by the fire brigade officials saved the fire from spreading to other parts of the building, located opposite Imperial Hotel.

It was in the afternoon, when there was sparking in the generator that was kept outside the building. Within minutes, the generator caught fire and there was smoke in some parts of the building.

There was panic among people working in the building, who rushed out and informed the fire brigade.

Inderpreet Singh, who works in the building and had informed the fire brigade, said, “Thankfully, the fire did not spread but now there is no electricity in the entire building. We suspect that the internal electric wiring has been damaged,” he said.

Vinod Kumar, sub-fire officer informed that fire broke out after there was sparking in the generator set kept outside the building, which houses a café, a restaurant, an educational institute, a toy shop, besides other business establishments.

“One fire tender was used to douse the flames and no body was injured in the incident,” said Vinod Kumar.



LIT draws flak for unadjusted advances of Rs 69 cr
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 20
Even though the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) cribs about the lack of adequate resources for development projects and new schemes, the amount paid as advance to various government departments, agencies and its own employees, which has not been reconciled for decades, has gone up to a whopping Rs 69.48 crore.

As per the internal and external audit report of the LIT for the year 2010-11, the unadjusted advance funds paid to various departments till the end of the financial year 2005-06 were worth a little over Rs 60.22 crore.

These included Rs 6,14,89,500 paid to the Municipal Corporation as advance deposit, loan and funds for purchase of land, Rs 86,71,106 to the Punjab State Electricity Board, Rs 13,71,72,631 to the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board as advance deposit and loan, Rs 1,03,29,131 to Steel Authority of India, Rs 22,33,99,386 to the Land Acquisition Collector and another Rs 13,01,78,796 to the Senior Sub Judge. Between the financial years 2006-07 and 2010-11 a sum of Rs 9,25,68,946 was paid as advance to various employees of the Trust and other agencies which again has not been reconciled till date.

The audit report, copies of which were obtained under the Right to Information Act 2005, by Arvind Sharma, secretary, Council of RTI Activists, has virtually castigated the LIT authorities for their persistent failure to get the advance funds reconciled or recover the balance amount, if any from the persons/agencies concerned.

The auditors observed that many of the advances were outstanding for anything from 30 to 35 years, and during the intervening period, most of the employees had been transferred or retired. "In such a situation, the possibility of misappropriation of the Trust funds cannot be ruled out."

The audit team also came down heavily on the erring officials for deliberately not carrying forward the unadjusted advances in the register maintained for "temporary advances" and further not carrying out the directions of the Local Government Department, Punjab, conveyed through their letter, dated 19-12-1995 in this regard.

The Council of RTI Activists has called upon the Punjab Government to prevail upon the LIT authorities for the reconciliation of the huge amount of temporary advances if the funds had been properly utilised or else initiate steps for the recovery of the outstanding advances from the local bodies, employees or agencies concerned.



MC fails to open pedestrian under pass
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 20
The pedestrian under pass (PUP), opposite Mini-Secretariat on Ferozepur Road here, is ready but the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is not opening it for the common man for reasons best known to them.

It is learnt that the entry points from both sides have been locked so that the PUP does not get "dirty" before its formal inauguration by some VVIP. MC sources say the VVIP whom the MC officials want to inaugurate this project is busy in preparations for the MC elections and is not able to spare time for this project.

With the model code of conduct in view of the upcoming Municipal Corporation elections expected to be enforced anytime soon, city residents suspect that this project might not fall prey to MC apathy.

On April 27, MC Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi had visited the project and told the contractor to install a false ceiling on the ceiling of the underpass. Now that the false ceiling has also been installed, the project is still not inaugurated.

PWD minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon said the project would be thrown open to the public after the nine shops located inside the project were auctioned and handed over to the owners. "We don't want anti-social elements to misuse the shops," he claimed.

But residents say with shutters installed on the shops, how can anyone misuse this space?

RTI activist Kuldeep Singh Khaira rued that if the PUP was ready, it should be opened for residents. "After all, this project has been opened for common public and if it does not benefit from it, what is the use of spending crores of rupees on it? If the shops are not auctioned, will the MC not thrown this project open to the public? The MC can easily lock the shops and depute security personnel on both entry points to check anti-social elements. This is no excuse for not opening this project," he said.

Another resident Col Jagdish Singh Brar rued that it was shameful that the MC was not opening this project for the common man despite the fact that it was ready. "This clearly shows that senior MC officials just want to impress their political bosses for earning some brownie points at the cost of residents problems," he said.

Senior Deputy Mayor Parveen Bansal said if the project was ready, it should be opened to the common man. "I will personally look into the matter and will make sure the project is thrown open to the public tomorrow," he claimed.

Executive Engineer HS Khosa claimed that the project would be opened to the public in the next couple of days. "The project is yet to be finalised and that is why it has not been opened to the public," he claimed.

Rains, non-payment of bills came in the way

The foundation stone of this Rs 3.5-crore project was laid by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal in November 2010 and municipal officials were expecting it to be complete by November 30, 2011. But due to incessant rains in August 2011, the work on the project remained stalled for a few weeks. Almost 90 per cent work on the project was complete till December last year, but due to the non-payment of bills to the contractor, the work got delayed. The contractor was not paid Rs 50 lakh on time. Due to this, the contractor stopped working and the project got delayed further.

Sources said the final bills of the project had not been cleared by the MC Commissioner. "Maybe ahead of the MC elections, there is yet another financial crisis in the civic body and that is why, payment has not been made to the contractor," said sources.



PSEB books not available
Board changed syllabus, did not publish books
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana May 20
Punjab School Education Board has failed to provide books to students studying under Punjab School Education Board (PSEB). Most of the students deprived from the main subject books. The PSEB prescribed books are published by the Board in PSEB recognised and affiliated schools of the state.

On the other hand Director General School Education issued instructions to conduct the monthly examination but teachers and students are confused as how would they prepare for the examination without books.

English books from class I to V, are still not available from Hindi books of class VII and VIII, and mathematic book of IX is also not available in market.

"The board has changed the syllabus of many subjects from this session. Neither the Board nor any private publishers published the books of these changed subjects. Now that the teachers have no other option about what would they teach students," a teacher form private School. Rajiv Thapar, from Punjab Private School Organisation said, "Whenever the PSEB change the syllabus, they fail to provide the books to the schools. In the absence of books teachers teach the students with the help of guides. There is no need to change the syllabus every year if the Board is not able to provide the books.”

Surjit Kausal, president, Recognised and Affiliated Schools Association said, "Studies of students are suffering in schools due to lack of coordination in the Punjab School Education Board and Education department. The board doesn't know how many books are required in the schools. The negligence of the Board is leading to loss of studies. We met with the Education Minister Sikandar Singh Malooka regarding the non-availability of books at his residence, today. He has ensured us to solve the problem soon.



Shortage of medicines hits Jan Aushadhi Store
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 20
Jan Aushadhi Store (JAS), which provides medicines on subsidised rates to poor and needy patients at Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, has been witnessing shortage of medicines. JAS, which was reopened last year on September 5, is yet to receive all the required and frequently used medicines.

Dr AK Handa, Deputy Medical Commissioner (DMC), Ludhiana, said, "There are 219 medicines which are required at Jan Aushadhi Store. These medicines are provided to us through five pharmaceutical firms, which have been approved by Centre Public Service Undertaking. But demand is more and supply is less. We keep writing to the stockists of these firms to provide us more medicines from time to time."

Dr Handa further said that it was in the month of April I sent a list of 34 medicines, out of which we got only 13 and many of these have not been provided as of now."

Shiv Ram Saroy, a member of Rogi Kalyan Samiti, ''Meanwhile, the patients have to buy some required medicines from private chemists shop and have to shell out more. The aim of JAS seems to be forfeited.''

Dr Handa said, "Very soon JAS which operate under the supervision of the Rogi Kalyan Samiti of the district will also be launched subdivision-level hospitals and later at the block level at health centres."

It needs to be mentioned here that JAS was launched with much fanfare in November 2008 for the sale of generic medicines in government hospitals under centrally sponsored scheme but it proved to be damp squib due to the non-availability of a vast variety of medicines for several diseases. Not only this, there were complaints of overcharging and passing off certain branded medicines at these stores which provided a higher margin of profit, with the result that the store was closed down over a year ago. It was last years that it was reopened by Rogi Kalyan Samiti.

Medicines awaited

Frequesntly used medicines which were awaited included ciplox eye drops, diclo-para, diczo ofeance, tablet levocetrizine, injection gentamycine, betadine lotion, cefixime 100 mg, ciplox 500, ciplox 250, d 5%, dns, rl, tab salbutamol, metrozyle, tab cotrimoxazole, albandazole, ampiciline 500 etc.



Ex-serviceman donates war shells to civic body
Mahesh Sharma

Gurmel Singh shows the bottom of the 25-pound shell of a bomb used in Chhamb Jaurian Battle in 1965
Gurmel Singh shows the bottom of the 25-pound shell of a bomb used in Chhamb Jaurian Battle in 1965. Photo: Mahesh Sharma

Ludhiana, May 20
With the intent to inculcate patriotism among villagers and enthuse more youths to join the armed forces, an ex-serviceman from Brahampur village in Ludhiana district, who had fought on frontier positions in Chhamb Jaurian Battle (1965 war) and Ajnala Sector during the 1971 war has presented two empty shells of 25 pounder bombs fired during action to the village civic body for display in the gurdwara village.

Havaldar Gurmel Singh, who retired from the artillery wing of the Army in 1985 he decided to present the shells to the civic body, apprehending that these might not be sold as scrap by members of his family after his death.“My children and grandchildren, after my death, might not comprehend the significance of these shells which I have preserved for over 47 years. That is why I decided to get these displayed at some common place in the village, hoping that it will enthuse youths of the area to serve the nation by joining the armed forces,” said Gurmel Singh.

Made up of brass, the shells bear engravings of manufacturing year and batch number, besides particulars of the bomb.

Showing concern over declining interest among youths in recruitment in the defence forces, Gurmel Singh said that serving the nation through armed forces was now easier than before. “While we were supposed to calculate angles and thrust of projectiles according to algebra and geometrical methods, almost all weapons are automated these days.”

Gurmel Singh retired from military base in Heer Garhi in Arunachal Pradesh in 1985.



2 vehicle thieves nabbed

Ludhiana, May 20
With the arrest of two persons, the Focal Point police has claimed to have busted a gang of vehicle thieves and recovered four stolen motorcycle from their possession.

The suspects have been identified as Shiv Kumar and Harpreet Singh, both residents of Mundian and the Jamalpur areas, respectively. They were arrested at a naka in the Focal Point area.

The suspects failed show the documents of the vehicle and tried to escape from the scene. During the questioning, they revealed to the police the place where they had hidden the stolen vehicles. The police raided the place and recovered three stolen motorcycles. — TNS



Admn all set for civic polls
Duties assigned to officials for MC, Nagar Panchayat, Nagar Council elections
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 20
Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari has said all arrangements are being made for a smooth conduct of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation elections which are scheduled to take place on June 10 and that of Nagar Panchayats and Nagar Councils of the district to be held on June 7.

While addressing a meeting of officers yesterday, Tiwari said: "For the elections of ward number 13 of Jagraon Nagar Council, SDM Gurmeet Singh will be the Returning officer and the tehsildar of Jagraon will be the Assistant Returning Officer. The candidates can file their nominations from May 21 to 24 at the office of the SDM, Jagraon.

For the nagar panchayat of Sahnewal, SDO (East) Ajay Sood will be the Returning Officer and Block Development and Panchayat Officer (Ludhiana -2) Ranjeet Singh will be the Assistant Returning Officer. The candidates can file their nominations from May 21 to 24 at the office of the SDM (East) .

For Malaud Nagar Council, SDP Payal Purshotam Singh Sodhi will be the Returning Officer and BDPO Raikot Harkanwal Singh will be the Assistant RO. Candidates can file their nominations from May 21 to 24 at the office of the SDM, Payal.

For Nagar Panchayat Mullanpur, the SDM, Ludhiana (West), will be the Returning Officer and BDPO, Ludhiana-1, will be the Assistant Returning Officer. The candidates can filed their nominations from May 21 to 24 at the office of the SDM, Ludhiana West.

For Machhiwara Nagar Panchayat, SDM, Samrala, Jasveer Singh will be the Returning Officer and the BDPO, Samrala, will be the Assistant RO. Candidates may file their nominations from May 21 to 24 at the office of the SDM, Samrala.

Tiwari said for the elections to the Nagar Panchayats and Nagar Councils, candidates can fille their nominations from May 21 to 24 while scrutiny will be done on May 26. Nominations can be withdrawn by May 28. The elections will be conducted on June 7.

Talking about the elections of the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, Tiwari said: "From ward number 1 to 10, SDM of Samrala Jasveer Singh will be the RO and the Tehsildar of Samrala will be the ARO. The candidates can file their nominations from May 24 to May 29 at the office of the District Redressal Officer.

From ward number 11 to 21, the RO will be Rachhpal Singh, Deputy Chief Engineer, Punjab State Power Corporation, and Daljeet Singh will be the ARO. Candidates will file their nominations from May 24 to 29 at the circle electricity Board Office at Sarabha Nagar City (West).

From ward number 22 to 32, the RO will be District Development and Panchayat Officer Amardeep Singh Bains while the Tehsildar (East) will be ARO. Candidates can files their nominations from may 24 to 29 at the office of the Deputy Director Local Bodies, Ludhiana.

From ward number 33 to 45, the RO will be Babita Kaler, Deputy Director, Local Bodies, Ludhiana, and the Tehsildar (West) will be the ARO. Candidates can file their nominations from May 24 to 29 at the office of the Deputy Director, Local Bodies, Ludhiana.

From ward number 46 to 60, the RO will be District Trasnport Officer Manpreet Singh Chhatwal and the Deputy Registrar, Cooperative Societies, will be the ARO. Candidates can file their nominations from May 24 to 29 at the office of the DTO.

From ward number 61 to 75, the RO will be Additional Chief Administrator of GLADA and the ARO will be Jeet Ram Estate Officer. The candidates will file their nominations at the office of the ACA, GLADA.

Scrutiny will be done on May 30 and candidates for the Ludhiana MC elections can withdraw their nominations by May 31. The elections of the MC, Ludhiana, will be held on June 10.



Amenities non-existent in ward number 26
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

A garbage dump on the Jassian Road
A garbage dump on the Jassian Road.
Stagnant water in a street of Friends Colony
Stagnant water in a street of Friends Colony.

Ludhiana, May 20
Development in Ward No. 26 can easily be gauged by observing the pathetic condition of the main road, named Jassian Road, passing through the ward. An uncarpeted, potholed Jassian Road is a major cause of concern for the residents. The ward seems bereft of development as most roads are uncarpeted.

Move around, and you come across shabbiness in many of the areas of the ward. Areas like Friends Colony, Naveen Nagar, Wariaam Nagar and Bhiaya Colony present a picture of neglect. With uncovered drainage and dirt strewn across the street, the area is almost like a slum. The Jassian Road, which had been damaged during the installation of sewer lines one year ago, waits for repairs. Heaps of garbage lie in vacant plots in most of the colonies of the ward.

Almost all the streets of Friends Colony are uncarpeted. There being no draingae, accumulation of water on most of the streets is a major problem of the residents. Open drainage in some parts of the ward is a breeding ground for mosquitoes and flies, which spread diseases. There is no proper provision for the dumping of garbage and the major roads are dotted with potholes, which cause inconvenience to commuters. The Jassian Road that passes through most of the area of the ward is crying for repair.

The residents complain water gets accumulated on roads, garbage remains strewn on the streets and vacant plots, leading to stink and diseases in the areas on the Jassian Road. The condition of Wariam Colony is worse as the residents are deprived of the basic amenities like disposal of sewage and provision of safe drinking water. Areas like Sunil Nagar not only lack carpeted roads but also water supply and sewerage.

Councillor Sarbjeet Lal contested the last election as a candidate of the Communist Party of India (CPI) but he later joined the BJP. This time the ward has been reserved for women.

The ward consists of areas such as Saheed Bhgat Singh Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Navneet Nagar, Manoj Colony, Gurnam Nagar, Friends Colony, Carol Bagh Colony, Aman Vihar, Gurnam Nagar, Swati Nagar, Prem Nagar, Saroop Nagar, Jagat Singh Nagar, Lakshmi Nagar, Samsher Nagar, King Park, Seeta Nagar, Surinder Park, New Partap Nagar, Deveon Enclave, Kehar Singh Nagar, Sunil Nagar and Wariam Nagar

Ward no.26 Statistics

Population: 45,000

Voters: 17,000


It is my first term as councillor. Five years before I took over, there was no sewerage in the 80 per cent area of the ward. Now, I have got sewers laid in the most of the areas. It has been my big achievement in the last five years. I have carried out impartial development in the ward. I have got three tube-wells sunk in the ward to overcome the shortage of potable water.

Sarbjeet Lal, Councillor


The MC started work on the installation of sewerage around two years ago. Even though the sewerage has been set up, work on road carpeting is yet to begin. The air filled with dirt has made our lives difficult. The MC should recarpet the roads as soon as possible.

Vicky, a shopkeeper on Jassian Road

Most of the streets of Friends Colony have not been carpeted. The whole area is in a shoddy condition with no sweeper visiting the area. The garbage dumps in the area have become a big nuisance for the residents of the area. Stagnant water on the roads is a health hazard.

— Satveer Singh, a resident of Friends Colony

Cannabis plants growing in the vacant polts have become favourite spots for anti-social elements. Big potholes on the roads have been causing accidents but nothing has been done to repair them. The streets are in a pathetic condition.

— Parveen Kumar, a resident

Water accumulates in the streets due to blockage of the open drains. The MC has failed to install sewers in the area. The condition of the Jassian Road is worse than those in any other part of the area. Now, the MC has started work to carpet the roads with bitumen but no one knows when it would complete.

Varinder Singh, a resident

People residing in this area are also humans and deserve better living conditions. With the open drainage and garbage dumps nearby, people in the area remain unwell all the time. Water-logging during the rains is a big problem. The roads have not been constructed for years. We are worried about the health of our children growing up in this area.

Mahindrpal, a resident



A well-maintained area of city
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

An ill-maintained road in ward no. 27
An ill-maintained road in ward no. 27.
Electricity poles installed in the middle of the street
Electricity poles installed in the middle of the street. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, May 20
Even though ward number 27 is located near the banks of Budha Nullah, it is still much better than other adjoining wards. With well-maintained roads in most parts of this ward, some residents claim that they are facing problems due to overdevelopment of their ward.

They claim that due to repeated recarpeting of streets, the level of their houses have gone lower than the main road and that is why whenever it rains their houses are looded. Residents lament though the area councillor Hem Raj Aggarwal is performing his duties well, he should get the existing layer of bitumen removed from streets whenever they need recarpeting so that the level of houses does not fall.

Some residents also claim that stray animals, mostly dogs and bulls, have made their lives miserable. They claim that stray bulls keep roaming on the streets and lead to accidents and stray dogs are a nuisance. Residents rue that many children of the ward have been bitten by stray dogs and that the area councillor should pay some attention towards it.

Some of the unrecongnised areas such as Preet Vihar, Gagan Vihar, Hari Singh Nagar and Jagat Nagar cry for attention. Even as the area councillor boasts of having provided sewerage connectivity and brick roads to these areas, he also admits that these areas need some more attention.

Sitting councillor Hem Raj Aggarwal, who basically hails from Bhutta village of the district, is a three-time councillor. He was elected as councillor for the first time in 1997. Since then he has won from this ward twice, in 1997 and then in 2007. During the MC elections of 2002, he contested from an adjoining ward and still managed to win. Aggarwal remained the leader of the opposition in the MC house from April 1, 2010, to March 31, 2011. At present, he is the chairman of Congress councillors in the MC house. He has a strong hold in the ward and is hopeful of contesting from here this time also.

The ward consists of areas such as Durga Puri, New Durga Puri, Sunil Park, Kailash Puri, Naveen Nagar, New Atam Nagar, Tarsem Colony, Tandon Nagar, Gyan Nagar, Hari Singh Nagar, Prem Nagar, Preet Vihar, Gagan Vihar, New Sant Nagar, Grewal Colony, Gokul Vihar, SBS Nagar, New Maya Nagar, Atwal Nagar, Goyal Colony, Harmeet Colony, Joginder Nagar, New Vijay Nagar, Prince Colony, New Deep Nagar, Ajit Nagar and Bawa Colony.

ward no.27 Statistics

Population: Around 1 lakh

Voters: 18,000


Ever since I was elected as municipal councillor, I have got three bridges constructed on the Budha Nullah. These bridges have been constructed near Ram Sharnam, Pavittar Nagar and Gopal Nagar. Besides, most of the ward has potable water supply, well-maintained roads and streetlights. During my present tenure, I have got four submersible pumps and two tubewells sunk. Regarding the stray animal menace, I have already written to the MC to take steps in this regard.

— Hem Raj Aggarwal, Councillor


The area councillor has managed to provide us with well-maintained roads and other such amenities. I can say that the councillor has performed up to the mark and the residents do not face problems like the ones faced by people from the adjoining wards.

— Udesh Kumar, a resident

Stray animals such as bulls and dogs need to be checked on a priority basis. Whenever a stray bull walks on road, the whole traffic is disrupted and sometimes it even leads to accidents.

Mohammad Afzar

The councillor should make sure that before recarpeting any street he should get the existing layer of bitumen removed so that the level of our houses does not go below the road. Every year the residents of our ward have to spend lakhs of rupees to maintained the level of their houses.

— Maninderpal Singh

When residents dump garbage in vacant plots of the area, it gives rise to several diseases. There should be a strict ban on the dumping of garbage in vacant plots or burning it. Bushes and weeds along the streets should also be removed properly so that the ward gives a cleaner look.

Suraj Kumar

Some of the streets have electricity poles right in the middle, which leads to accidents. The area councillor should make efforts to get them removed so that no one gets hurt.

— Satpal Singh



24 fined for wrong parking
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 20
Taking action against illegal parking at Gian Singh Rarewala Market, near Preet Palace, the 'tehbazaari' wing of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation and the MC police today fined the owners of 24 vehicles which were parked in the no-parking area. The action was taken to keep a check on a car bazar being organised in the area on every Sunday. The bazar leads to traffic congestion in Model Town and other adjoining areas.

This morning, a team of the MC, led by Police Inspector Jaswant Singh and Tehbazaari Superintendent Naveen Malhotra visited the spot. They were accompanied by a large posse of police.

While speaking to The Tribune, Jaswant Singh said a total of 24 vehicles were fined. "All of them were parked in the "no-parking" area. The violators were issued challan slips of Rs 500 each, he said.

The MC officials even warned the violators that they should obey the rules in the future else strict action will be taken against them.

Jaswant Singh said in the coming days, more such drives will be carried out in other parts of the city as well. "We have received complaints of illegal parking in the Bhadaur House area and very soon we would carry out a drive there also," he said.



Scaling of teeth a nightmare for many
Gum problems can cause heart diseases, say experts
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Luhdiana, May 20
Despite the fact that about 99 per cent of the population has been suffering form gum diseases people hesitate to go for scaling, as they fear that it will loosen their teeth, however, it is a silent killer and should be treated timely.

Disclosing this Dr Ritu Jain an associate professor department of community and preventive Dentistry Christian Dental College said, "Actually tartar which is known as calculus is made up of bacteria. It fixes the teeth while depositing around it. Gradually it starts decaying the teeth if not cleaned. During scaling, we clean calculus and give external support to teeth if the bones had already been decayed by it."

Member of the American Society of Periodontology (study of diseases which affect support of teeth) Dr VIkas Jindal and a specialist in Periodontology said, "Due to gum diseases, incidence of premature deliveries and low birth weight babies are increasing. Some of the heart diseases also occur due to gum diseases. It will not be wrong to call gum diseases at "Termite" problem as tartar slowly erodes away the bone by remaining deposited on the inner side of the teeth."

Dr Vishav Mohan professor in cardiology at Hero Heart DMC Institute said, "Gum diseases have link with heart diseases. People with inflammatory gums or with gum diseases are more to coronary artery diseases. So it is mandatory to keep dental health in good condition to avoid any heart problem."

Commenting about it Dr G S Wander chief cardiologist Hero Heart DMC Institute said, "The patients with heart valve problem should maintain their dental health properly and maintain proper hygiene to avoid heart risk." While Dr Geena Singh a professor and head of preiodontics CDC said, "People have developed un-necessary fear of scaling. In fact, by getting scaling done, the teeth become healthier."


  • Scaling of teeth will loosen the teeth
  • One should not go for scaling during pregnancy, as teeth are weak during this period.

Do's and Don'ts

  • Brush teeth twice a day. Brushing teeth before going to bed really helps in maintaining good dental health.
  • Use of dental floss for cleaning teeth properly as it serves as a lifeline to the teeth.
  • Brush your teeth properly as improper brushing leads to too decay.
  • Visit a dental surgeon twice in a year to rule out if there is any dental decay and deposits.
  • Get scaling done in the second trimester of pregnancy.



Book released
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 20
The UNESCO Club of Punjab in collaboration with Ludhiana Kala Manch organised a literary cultural function here yesterday at the Seminar Hall of Punjabi Bhawan.

A book, titled, “Kabir Tatha Anya Natak” written by SN Sewak was released by Dr Jaspal Singh, Vice-Chancellor of the Punjabi University.

The book has three Punjabi plays including Kabeer, Janam Din and Rishte.

Dr Rajinder Toki, head of Hindi department at AS College, Khanna, presented a paper on the translated plays. Prof Gurbhajan Gill, president, Punjabi Sahit Akademi, said that he hopes that plays would be staged in other languages as well.



Massive power shutdown in city today
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 20
The 220 KV Ferozepur Road sub-station of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) will remain shut down on Monday (May 21) from 9 am to 5 pm for urgent maintenance work, and during this period electricity supply to several localities along the Ferozepur Road, fed from this sub station, will be affected.

The PSPCL central zone chief engineer KL Sharma said that efforts were being made to shift the load of this 220 KV sub-station to 220 KV Lalton sub station. "It will be our endeavour to provide uninterrupted power supply to the affected area from alternative sources. However, in case of overloading, power supply to some localities might have to be shut down for some time," he said.

Sharma sought the cooperation of the city residents for the unavoidable inconvenience that they might have to suffer. "But the maintenance work will go a long way in improving the quality of power supply and making the sub station more efficient," he assured.



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Blood donation camp

Ludhiana: Helping hands club organised blood donation camp here on Monday at Ram Darbar Mandir, Kichlu Nagar, in collaboration with Dr HK Atri of Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital and his team. The donors donated blood for thalesemic kids. Raman Goel president along with members of the club honoured the volunteers with mementos.

‘Feed birds’

Dr Sandeep K Jain chief coordinator CAPE-India and Member Animal Welfare Board of India said, "In hot summer days birds perish due to non availability of water and food. Visitors at Ram Darbar Temple were requested to provide water and feed to birds and animals. People were distributed earthen pots to provide water to birds and animals along with packets of seeds and grains. People were told to save most endangered house sparrows by providing them water, feed and safe habitat in form of small shrubs like bougainvilleas in and around human habitations or wooden nest boxes (where shrubs are not Possible). They were persuaded to plant native plants, trees and Bougainvilleas." Bharat Bhushan Ashu area MLA and Krishan Kumar Bawa, president All-India Bairagi Maha Mandal, visited the stall and lauded the efforts to conserve wildlife in general and sparrows in particular.

Bani di Chabeel

Five youths of the city would be organising Bani di Chabeel, distributing copies of book Sukhan di Mani instead of traditional sweet water and lassi to mark the martyrdom of the fifth Guru, Sri Guru Arjan Dev. It was informed during a press conference held at office of NGO Sukrit here on Sunday.

Potable water facility

Special efforts are being made to make clean potable water, roads, basic means of transportation available to the citizens and strong infrastructure would be created to resolve the traffic problems as well, according to Charanjit Singh Atwal, Speak Punjab Vidhan Sabha. He said this during a function organised by Scooter Market Association here on Sunday.

Workshop for senior cops

One-day workshop on media handling and media management was conducted yesterday at Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur. Over 40 gazetted police officers of SP and SSP rank from different parts of the state took part. The Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, director Ishwar Chander Sharma said that the police is the sole agency, which serves the society under scanner of judiciary.


President of Knitwear Club, Darshan Dawar has been selected as member of State Level Advisory Board for the MSMEs of Punjab constituted by Governor of Punjab. The main functions of this board are to make coordination among different agencies who relate with the progress of the MSME and to advise on the issues concerned with MSME particularly state level matters, including functioning of District Industries Centre and various promotional and autonomous bodies under the control of MSME-development organisation, implementation of various centre sponsored schemes.


The following were elected office-bears unanimously of the Managing committee of Gurdwara Singh Sabha Amloh; president-Surmukh Singh; vice-president Jagjeet Singh; general secretary-Surinder Singh; secretary-Hardev Singh; cashier-Manjeet Singh; press secretary-Parwinder Singh; Harbhajan Singh, Baljit Singh, Lachhman Singh, Gurmeet Singh, Gurbachan Singh, Faquir Singh, Chamkour Singh, Varinder Singh, Avtar Singh and Jaspal Singh (all executive members).

Meeting held

SAD district chief and Constituency in-charge Jagdeep Singh Cheema said in view of the shortage of building and to cope with the accommodation problem, Amloh school will soon be converted to a double shift school, so far as the problem of shortage of staff is concerned the government will send the teachers against the vacant posts existing in the school in a short time. He was addressing a meeting of the newly elected members of gurdwara Singh Sabha Amloh and other representatives of the town. The work on local bus stand will begin within a day or two, the election code is expected shortly so the amount of Rs 3 crore 85 lakh for pending lying of sewage system will be utilised after the civic polls added Cheema. The district chief honored the newly elected members of gurdwara Singh Sabha with Siropas.

Four couples tie nuptial knot

A function was organised under the aegis of Swami Chetanya Ji Trust at Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Brahampur, near here, where four couples from various sections of society tied the nuptial knot. Former SAD minister Jagdish Singh Garcha was the chief guest. Besides arranging a party for the parents of brides, grooms and their guests, the organisers presented gifts to the newly wed couples. The gifts included jewellery, clothes, furniture and cooking gas cylinders.

Contest organised

About 4,000 students from 35 schools participated in Rang Bharo contest organised by Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle. The themes of the contest were ‘Baba Deep Singh’, ‘Banda Bahadar’ and ‘Sahibzadas’. Students created the sketches and filled colours.


Balram Sharma, a state award winner teacher from Khanna, secured first position in the Urdu language course. The Ministry of Human resources, Delhi, under Northern Region Language Center, Patiala, had conducted the course at the Punjabi University campus.

Tribune Reporters



Ludhiana calling


Those at positions of power be they political leaders or bureaucrats have apparently acquired the habit of closing their eyes to the harassment caused to the general public due to their failure to carry out their assigned duties. The pathetic condition of the roads and other urban infrastructure in the city needs no elaboration. As if to add to the misery of the people, the civic administration, more often than not, fails to carry out the follow up work required at the construction sites of major infrastructure development projects. The down ramp of the railway flyover in place of Lakkar Pul towards Bhadaur House has been completed for more than six months now but no body has bothered to lift the debris and other left over construction material from the site to clear whatever portion of the road has been left for movement of traffic. The pot-holed road has not been carpeted and no steps, whatsoever, have been taken to regulate the traffic from Bhadaur House to Mata Rani Chowk. Is some one listening?

Grandparent cautioning about her arrival on the road

People paste different stickers on their cars telling about the type of people traveling in the vehicle. Generally, the stickers read "Prince on board", "Princess of board" or "Baby on board". After reading this one really becomes concern that a little baby is traveling in the car but yesterday I came across a car with a sticker which read something like this "Caution: Grandparent driving". I was really amused to read this and got curious to see the one on the driving seat, if it was a grandparent in reality. When I crossed the car, I saw a smart and graceful old lady on the driver seat. She was driving the car cautiously with slow speed, on one side of the road. The thought, which instantly came to my mind was that the sticker was very aptly pasted.

Telling lies

After the innovation of mobile phone, people seem to be in the habit of telling lies while talking on phones. A few days ago, after several attempts on a local politician's mobile phone, I called him on his landline number, as I wanted to meet him at his palace. He picked the phone but in a bid to avoid meeting me, he said, "Oh sorry, but you have called me at wrong time. I have left my house for an urgent work, a few minutes ago". I chuckled, "OK sir, then it must be a ghost in your house, who is talking to me on the landline number on your behalf. The politician laughed loudly and then meekly added, "It happens because we are now become habitual in telling lies." Though Graffiti as an art is not very popular in the city, but it can go a long way in encouraging not only art in the city, but also driving home some stark issues being faced by the city and society here. An onlooker said that, graffiti if encouraged in the city, particularly being relatively new here, could become a powerful medium-both for art and strong messages. An artist said that graffiti is very popular in the west, but not so popular in this part of the world, and should be encouraged here as well.

Male nurse?

Last week, one of the readers called me up and said, "Madam, You have written about male nurses. Indeed, it motivated me a lot to join this profession but I have a confusion in mind." Listening to this, I said, "What is that confusion?" The reader started, "Please tell me if the male nurses get married? Listening to this query I was taken aback for a moment and then I said, "Of course youngman, why not. I have interviewed some male nurses and all are happily married. I do not think there is any social stigma attached to this profession now." And the young boy's immediate reaction was, "Thank you ji, tusi te meri parehsani hi door kar ditti. dhanvad."

Contributed by Kuldip Bhatia, Manav Mander, Charanjit Singh Teja, Gurvinder Singh and Anupam Bhagria




In-House training on liquid chromatography techniques

Ludhiana: The department of veterinary pharmacology and toxicology of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Sciences University (GADVASU) in collaboration with Waters (India) Private Limited organised a one-day In-House training on liquid chromatography techniques and effective method development. Liquid chromatography techniques are beneficial for studying the pharmacokinetics of various drugs and thereby devising strategies for their effective and judicious use. This helps in making the treatment more cost effective. In addition, the liquid chromatography techniques can also be employed for estimating and analysing the effects of various pesticides. More than 40 scientists as well as students attended the training from Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Sciences University and Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). The training was inaugurated by Dr HS Sandhu, dean, college of veterinary science, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Sciences University. Speaking on the occasion Dr Sandhu appreciated the initiative and further added that the inputs from the experts of the field would help to specialising and exploring the vast applications of liquid chromatography techniques and thereby widen the scope of their application in various field of research.

Training programme on 'microbiology and molecular biology'

The department of veterinary microbiology, college of veterinary science, GADVASU has started a training program entitled "Microbiological and Molecular Biology Techniques" of one month duration for the benefit of students especially undertaking undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in biotechnology and other related disciplines at different institutes and universities.

The programme is organised every year in the summer break. Speaking to the students at the inaugural address, prof NS Sharma, senior scientist-cum-head of the department and coordinator of the programme made aware to the students regarding ongoing research projects in department and highlighted the importance of such trainings in increasing the horizon of science among students and in planning and designing research projects as per their needs and development of collaborative projects. — TNS



Gang war at hospital
Patients run for cover as rival gangs exchange fire at Raikot
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, May 20
Panic gripped patients at the Civil Hospital, Raikot, when the members of two gangs exchanged fire. The patients were seen running for cover when the incident took place at the hospital last night.

According to sources, several bullets were fired from both sides during the gang war between the members of two old rival gangs of Raikot. These gangs had carried out such kinds of incidents in the area during past years too.

According to sources: "A youth, Baldeep Singh, of the Raja gang, was attacked by some members of the rival gang during daytime at Raikot following which Baldeep Singh was admitted to the civil hospital. In the meantime, some youths from the Raja gang attacked Bittu who belongs to the Binderjita gang to avenge the attack on Baldeep. In the late evening, Raja, along with another youth Gurmail, went to meet Bittu at the hospital. This information reached the members of the rival Binderjita gang following which they arrived at the hospital by a car and started firing at the members of the Raja gang, the member of which retaliated''.

Though there was no loss of life during the incident, some of the members of both the gangs suffered injuries, it was learnt. The youth, who received bullet injuries include Gurmail and Jaspreet of Johlan village and Kala of Jhoraran village. All the injured have been admitted to different hospitals of Ludhiana where Gurmail is stated to be critical.

Soon after the incident, SSP Ludhiana (rural) Gurpreet Singh Toor, along with DSP of Raikot Kehar Singh and SHO Dilbagh Singh reached the crime scene and started investigation.

According to Dilbagh Singh, a case has been registered at the Raikot police station against the members of the Binderjita gang, which attacked Raja and Baldeep at the civil hospital, Raikot, and further investigation is on.



Police cracks whip on Lovely Lumbba
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 20
Notorious for his frequent fights, a city resident, Lovely Lumbba, and his close aide, Mahendi, along with other members of the gang have been booked by the city police in an attempt to murder case following a gang war in Dugri.

The case has been registered on the complaint of Raghubir Singh alias Rani, a resident of Subhani Building. It took nearly 10 days for the police to register the case as the victim was under panic after the brutal assault and was reluctant to register a complaint.

Rani has stated to the police that Lumbba and his aides attacked him while he was returning home after taking obeisance at religious shrine in Malerkotla.

Initially, Rani took it to be a case of road accident. Before he could react, Lumbba and his accomplices attacked him with sharp edged weapons.



60 booked for land-grab bid

Ludhiana, May 20
Nearly 60 persons have been booked for an attempt to illegally encroaching upon the land owned by a resident in Daad village.

Investigating officer Sukhdev Raj said Ram Lal, a resident of Atam Nagar, had purchased one acre of land in Daad village a few years ago. As the price of real estate sky rocketed in the recent past, the land mafia was trying to encroach upon the prime property. Sukhdev Raj said nearly 60 or 70 persons reached the piece of land by tractor-trailers and locked up Chander Bhan, the gardener who looks after it.

Soon, Ram Lal, along with the police, reached the spot.

On seeing the police, the encroachers fled the scene. The police has registered a case against 60 unidentified persons and started investigation. — TNS



Palpreet, Kirandeep in Punjab squads
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 20
Palpreet Singh, a trainee of the Ludhiana Basketball Academy, and Kirandeep Kaur, a student of Malwa Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, will lead Punjab basketball boys' and girls' teams, respectively, in the 63rd Junior National Basketball Championship to be held from May 23 to 30 at Pondicherry, according to Teja Singh Dhaliwal, honorary secretary, Punjab Basketball Association.

The names of the players of two squads are (boys)-Palpreet Singh, Gurwinder Singh, Anmol Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Loveneet Singh, Harmandeep Singh, Gauravdeep Singh, Jaspreet Singh, Ajay Kumar, Mandeep Singh, Khushmeet Singh and Hardeep Singh, Dr S Subramanian and Harjinder Singh have been named coaches of the team. Girls-Shikha, Jasdeep Kaur, Samriti, Pallavi, Nirmal Kaur, Satbir Kaur, Kulwinder Kair, Geeta, Rajneesh, Kirandeep Kaur, and Gulgul. Davinderpal Singh Dhindsa and Rani Sharda will accompany the team as coaches. In the last edition of the Junior National Basketball Championship, held at New Delhi, Punjab boys had secured third position while their counterparts in the girl's section could not finish among position holders.



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