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fire at substation
Residents grapple with cuts
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 27
A massive fire at the 220 kv Lalton Kalan substation here on Friday and the subsequent damage caused to the power transmission equipment continues to haunt the city residents who are facing unscheduled power shutdowns for hours together at day and night in the extremely hot weather conditions.

Even though senior officials of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) say that near-normal power supply is expected to be restored by this evening, but people, who have been at the receiving end throughout last week as far as adequate power supply is concerned, are taking these claims with a pinch of salt.

Since Friday evening, with the Lalton substation going totally non-functional, most of the city feeders were connected to alternative sources like the Giaspura and Dhandari substations by imposing restrictions on power supply to the industry while some localities were getting power supply from the Humbran substation. "But we are still short of power to the extent of 40 to 50 per cent and in such a situation, power supply has to be shut down by rotation at regular intervals," said a senior official of the PSPCL.

With the mercury continuing to soar, city residents had a tough time during the weekend due to shutdowns at regular intervals. Erratic power supply also had an adverse impact on water supply and in some residential localities, people had to go without water since Saturday afternoon.

Residents of several localities like Dugri, Model Town, Pakhowal Road, Giaspura, Janta Nagar, Civil Lines and Haibowal complained that power continued to play hide and seek all through the day yesterday while the supply to many of these localities and several other areas remained shut down for more than four hours on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday.

The PSPCL chief engineer of central zone, KL Sharma, said the reconstructed 100 MVA transformer at Lalton Kalan was being tested and load of a couple of feeders would be shifted to the partially functional substation by this evening.

"If the final tests of the reconstructed transformer are any indication, we are confident that it will become operational late this evening and we shall be in a position to provide relief to the residents. The restrictions on power supply to the industry and other large supply consumers like malls are also likely to be lifted by tomorrow morning," he said.


Power breakdown costs industry losses worth crores
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 27
The industry has to suffer losses worth crores due to power breakdown in the city after the 220 kv substation of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) at Lalton village was gutted on Friday. According to estimates, the local industry has incurred production losses worth Rs 1,000 crore, while the overall loss was nearly Rs 100 crore in two days.

"The whole city plunged into darkness and no work could be undertaken in factories as well. Loss in crores was borne by the industry due to the failure of power. The PSPCL should have some alternative arrangement in case of emergency. Even the power they are providing us is for a few hours, which is of no use to the industry. We have been paying wages to workers even though no work is being carried out in the units," said Badish Jindal, president of the Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association.

In the recent past also, some blast incidents had occurred at substations in the city. "We will be writing to the Chief Minister tomorrow for marking a vigilance inquiry into the matter. Either the material being used is substandard or maintenance work is not being carried out effectively. People are suffering due to the laxity of the PSPCL," he said.

Manish Jain, an exporter, said there had been no work in factories for the past two days. "It is not possible to carry out the work on generator sets. Even the electricity provided is in small periods and no production work can be carried out in a small time span. We are paying the workers, but no work is being done for the past two days," he said.

Meanwhile, Kulwinder Singh, a small-scale industrialist, said he had to face huge financial losses as he had failed to complete his order on time. "There was no electricity and even my generator set broke down, due to which the order could not be completed on time. Now, I will have to bear huge financial losses," he said.



Health team visits malaria-prone areas
Prepare blood slides of 1,500 residents
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 27
A team of the health department visited villages adjoining the Satluj and the track yesterday in order to curb the break out of malaria, several cases of which were reported last year.

The team, led by the Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Subhash Batta, visited Talwandi Kalan, Bokar Dogra, Ladhowal, Panj Dher and Bagga Khurd areas, besides jhuggis of these villages adjoining the Satluj and the track.

Dr Batta said: "The team came across about six low-lying areas, about 10-15 ft low, that get filled with rainwater. Last year, we received many cases of malaria from the villages close to these areas.

This year, we noted down these areas well in advance and have decided to spray kerosene or DDT here to stop the breeding of mosquitoes as a preventive measure. These areas come under the Primary Health Centre at Koomkalan, which is headed by the Senior Medical Officer, Dr Ajit Chawla.

He has been insructed to keep a strict vigil in these villages to keep a check on the outbreak of malaria cases. A team of the health department will also keep monitoring the situation here."

The department has already prepared slides (blood samples) of 1,500 residents to rule out that no one was suffering from malaria. The Civil Surgeon said: "If we come across a patient suffering from malaria, we will start prophylactic treatment of the others too. In such cases, we give low doses of chloro quinine as a preventive measure."

The District Health Officer, Dr Kulwinder Singh, District Epidemiologist Dr Puneet Juneja, and Dr Anil Verma, in charge of the malaria wing were also part of the team.

200 cases reported last year

Last year about 200 cases of malaria were reported from these areas. A majority of cases were reported from jhuggis of Ladhowal and Bagga Khurd. To make more and more people aware about malaria, we took the help of sarpanches and instructed them accordingly. We told them that they should get blood tests done free of cost at the mini primary health centre at Ladhowal

— Dr Anil Verma, District Epidemologist



Women snatchers active in city
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 27
Cases of snatching are on the rise. Though many cases go unreported, in a majority of cases, young boys between 20 and 25 years of age are involved in snatching incidents. But more recently, a gang of women snatchers has come to light that decamps with cash or gold ornaments after targeting vulnerable women.

On May 25, a gang of three-four women snatchers fled with gold bangles of a woman from outside the BRS Nagar gurdwara. The victim, Gurbachan Kaur, a resident of BRS Nagar, said she and her husband had gone to the gurdwara. After paying obeisance, she was standing near their TVS Scooty, when suddenly three-four women tried to push her, but she held on to the handle of the Scooty. Two of the women cut the bangles she was wearing with some sharp-edged weapon. The victim tried to raise the alarm, but the women snatchers pushed her away and fled with the bangles. The Sarabha Nagar police has registered a case under Sections 382 and 34, IPC, against the unidentified women.

In another similar incident, two women snatchers in a car targeted Pushpa Devi on the Pakhowal road. The Dugri police has registered a case against the unidentified women. The women in the car asked Pushpa Devi for some direction. They then offered to drop her in the car. Pushpa Devi sat in the car and they gang forced her to remove her jewellery and left her midway.

Asked about the gang, ADCP Crime Harjinder Singh said this must be a new gang as the snatchers kept making new strategies to target vulnerable people. "We are not going to spare these snatchers. We will catch them soon," claimed the ADCP.



Rs 35 lakh recovered from car
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, May 27
The police recovered Rs 35 lakh from a car during a naka on the GT Road, said SHO Gurmeet Singh here today. District traffic Inspector Hari Chand along with the local police party checked the car being driven by a resident of West Bengal.

He told the police that the money was sent by a firm in Delhi and was to be delivered to another firm in Motia Khan, Mandi Gobindgarh.

The Inspector said the driver failed to produce any documents in support of his version and the case was referred to income tax inspectors.



Have asset abroad, fill new ITR form
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 27
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has made detailing requirements more stringent by issuing new income tax return forms (Forms ITR-2, 3 and 4) for those holding assets abroad.

A senior income tax official said, “The new form has an annexure attached, which lists the kind of assets and the details pertaining to each, which an individual will have to furnish, while filing returns. It has been made mandatory. Any asset owned by an individual outside India has to be covered.”

“The schedule specifically requires the details of bank accounts, financial interest in any entity and immovable property. It also requires the assessee to furnish the details of any other asset and accounts where the individual has a signing authority,” said Jatinder Khurana, a tax professional.

“These details may not be asked for long. Since this is the first year and there is the black money issue, these are required,” he added.

Details to be furnished

  • Bank accounts
  • Divulge the name of the country where you have an account besides the name and address of the bank. One will have to give the account holder’s name if you are a signatory to the account. And, the peak balance maintained in the account during the assessment year for which you are filing returns.
  • Financial interest
  • If you have an interest in any entity abroad, the country’s name and code, name, address and nature of the entity where the interest is held, and the total investments made by you in the assessment year, need to be given.
  • Immovable property/asset
  • For home/land held abroad, you need to provide the name of the country where you hold it and its code, location of property/asset and total amount invested till date.



Unprecedented rise in domestic violence
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 27
The city has witnessed an unprecedented increase in the cases of domestic violence and matrimonial disputes recently. Women cells set up at all Suvidha Centres in the city receive complaints about domestic violence and matrimonial disputes from people of all walks of life.

Though the panel of experts, nominated by the police, hold counselling sessions for the estranged couples, still many of them prefers to seek divorce.

As per data available with the women cell, 1,777 new cases were reported in 2011 out of which 212 couples took divorce. But, 753 couples were reunited after being counseled by the experts and the police. Such cases are increasing every year since 2007. And so were the number of divorces.

In the past five months alone (up to May 15, 2012), 920 new cases of matrimonial disputes and domestic violence have been lodged with the police. Out of these, 392 couples agreed to start life afresh after being counseled regularly, but 143 couples preferred to take divorce.

Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh said: “According to the experts, the youth has become intolerant these days. Now, young girls are more educated and financially independent due to which they refuse to bow under pressure. We have opened cells at about six places so that no inconvenience is caused to women. But we try to reunite the couples first.”

Assistant Commissioner of Police (North) Swapan Sharma said women or their family members used to approach the main women cell to lodge their complaints. But with the setting up of the women cells at the subdivision levels, they can easily approach the police. “This has been done to decentralize everything. We investigate the matters and then couples are sent for counselling accordingly,” the ACP added.



Project going on at a snail's pace
Residents mock at MC for not covering Ganda Nullah; paste sarcastic posters
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 27
Residents of ward number 39 and 40 have started making a mockery of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation and the area councillor by pasting sarcastic posters pasted in different areas of ward numbers 39 and 40 as the work of covering the Ganda Nullah is going on at a snail’s pace.

“Udeekaan Kise de Naaley Vich Diggan Diya” (awaiting for someone to fall into the nullah) is written on one of the posters, while another reads, “the contractor and councillor will be responsible for it.”

The councillor claims that this situation has arisen due to callous attitude of municipal officials and the contractor. While the municipal officials claim that the contractor has been asked to start the work and construct the sidewalls within a week.

The municipal corporation had decided to cover the nullah from Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib side to Shagun Palace. The project, which started in February 2011, will cost around Rs 22 crore. The deadline for completing the project was March. It has now been extended till December. Sources say this project might not be completed in a stipulated timeframe as only 40 per cent of the work has been completed so far.

Not only this, the two bridges, which were constructed near Shagun Palace to join Ram Nagar and Dharampura, demolished by the contractor about eight months ago. These bridges were constructed four years ago at the cost of Rs 50 lakh. Now, when these bridges have been demolished, those residing in Ram Nagar, Hargobind Nagar, Mohar Singh Nagar, Gaushala, Dharampura, New Shivaji Nagar, Shingar Cinema Road and other adjoining areas will have to travel an extra kilometer.

Sanjay Talwar, councillor, ward number 39, said the contractor had started working on this project.

“The bridges connecting Ram Nagar and Dharampura along with sidewalls were demolished eight months. Due to the absence of the sidewalls, the water level in the nullah and the road is almost same. If it rains, Ram Nagar and Mohar Singh Nagar will submerge into knee- deep water,” he regretted.

Talwar claimed that he had taken up the matter with the municipal officials, but they are not paying any heed to the project. “The contractor told me that due to the non-payment of dues, he has stopped the work. I am suffering because I am a Congress councillor,” Talwar regretted.

HC Salaria, Executive Engineer, Municipal Council, said he visited the spot yesterday and have asked the contractor to start the work. “The sidewalls would be constructed within a week as I have asked the contractor to do this work on priority basis,” he added.



Infighting within SAD, Sekhon ‘greets’ partymen
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 27
The infighting within the SAD in ward number 56, which comprises posh areas like Sarabha Nagar, Gurdev Nagar, Punjab Agricultural University and other adjoining areas, has come to the fore with senior Akali leader Janmeja Singh Sekhon today meeting other leaders of the ward at Dakha MLA Manpreet Singh Ayali’s house and urging them to support the party candidate.

Sources within the SAD said the party’s candidate from this ward, Bhupinder Singh Bhinda, is being opposed by other Akali leaders from the ward.

Former Chief Parliamentary Secretary Harish Rai Dhanda said the meeting was organised to resolve “differences” among party leaders in ward number 56. “All candidates were called in the meeting and they have agreed to support the party candidate from this ward,” said Dhanda.

“About seven candidates have applied for the party ticket from here. When Bhinda managed to secure the ticket, the others started opposing him. They would have to support Bhupinder Singh Bhinda publically due to the political compulsions. While Bhinda will have to work hard to win their support,” a local MLA claimed.

One of the applicants claimed that Bhinda’s candidature was supported by a former MP, who is considered close to Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. He is not even a resident of this ward and I don’t think residents of the area would vote for an outsider,” the applicant claimed.

But, Bhinda refuted the “outsider” tag and claimed that the “false” propaganda is being floated by the Congress. “I am not an outsider and own a house in Gurdev Nagar. I am getting support of all senior Akali leaders of the area and am confident of winning the municipal poll,” Bhinda claimed.



Bains brothers, Gabria patch up for now
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 27
If the directions issued by the Akali Dal high command are any indication, the Bains brothers, Simarjeet Singh and Balwinder Singh, and their bete noir former Cabinet Minister Hira Singh Gabria are calling a truce, at least for the forthcoming Municipal Corporation (MC) elections. Sources reveal that a senior SAD leader played the role of a mediator.

"We have been issued instructions by the party high command to work in unison for the MC elections. We will certainly follow the instructions," said Gabria while talking to The Tribune. "Simarjeet and Balwinder have returned to the Akali Dal fold. There are no differences between us," he claimed.

Echoing similar sentiments, Simarjeet claimed: "There are no differences whatsoever. After the distribution of tickets, the party high command issued directions to the party leaders, workers and candidates that they should work in a united manner to ensure a win for the Akali Dal in the MC polls."

Both the legislators, Simarjeet and Balwinder, prior to their re-induction into the SAD, had maintained that Gabria had a different style of functioning. Simarjeet had also admitted that their differences with him had been longstanding.

During the Assembly elections, the brothers had parted ways with the SAD after being denied ticket from the Atam Nagar constituency. Gabria was the SAD candidate from this constituency. As an Independent candidate from Atam Nagar, Simarjeet had defeated Gabria by over 28,000 votes.

When the talks about the Bains brothers' return to the Akali fold were on, Gabria was reportedly not happy about the development.



Traffic jams a regular occurrence in Ward No. 42
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 27

Major issues

  • Traffic jams are a regular occurrence here. Encroachments on roadsides aggravate the problem.
  • Residents dump garbage in the open.
  • Stray animals, especially stray dogs, roam freely in the ward.
  • Some areas of the ward near Sufia Bagh Chowk face problem of water accumulation during rainy season.
Garbage dumped along a road at Ward No. 42 in Ludhiana
Garbage dumped along a road at Ward No. 42 in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma
A road under construction in the area
A road under construction in the area. Photo: Inderjeet Verma


Major Areas

Islam Ganj, Habib Gan, Amarpura, Ajit Nagar , Kidwai Nagar, Mahashya Mohalla, Bhaag Singh Bradari Mohalla, Khui wali Gali, Nullah Road and Mustak Ganj.

Population: 45,000

Voters: 11,000


Accumulation of water in lower parts of the ward is a major problem. After spending crores of rupees, the MC has failed to find a solution to the problem. Many changes have taken place in the past five years. Development projects are under way

— Bunty, a resident of ward

Garbage should be collected from door to door. The work pertaining to garbage collection has been outsourced to a private company

— Mehtab Singh, a resident


The area is not levelled due to which water supply is irregular. I have got eight new tubewells installed in the area. An amount of Rs 3.5 crore has been spent on the re-carpeting of roads and maintenance of sewerage system. On streetlights, Rs 15 lakh has been spent. Parks in Kidwai Nagar and Children Park are well-maintained

— Gurdeep Singh Nitu, councillor



Nothing in place in Ward No. 43
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana May 27

Major issues

  • Stink emanating from Ganda Nullah has made residents' lives miserable.
  • Encroachments on streets are a common sight here.
  • Garbage can be seen strewn all around.
  • Sewerage remains choked due to which sewage gets accumulated on roads.
  • Irregular supply of potable water is also a pain.
Ganda Nullah sans a boundary wall at Ward No. 43 in Ludhiana
Ganda Nullah sans a boundary wall at Ward No. 43 in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma
Encroachments on a street in the ward
Encroachments on a street in the ward. Photo: Inderjeet Verma


Major Areas

Prem Nagar , Islam Ganj, Delhi Line, Indira Colony and Hargobipura.

Population: 40,000

Voters: 11,000


The Ganda Nullah does not have any boundary wall or fencing around it. The area belongs to former health minister Satpal Gosain. Ironically, he could not do anything to develop the area. The ward is facing problems like blockage of sewerage and irregular supply of potable water

— Naresh Kumar, a resident

Sewerage in most parts of the ward remains choked. Moreover, water enters houses during rainy season. The councillor got the roads re-carpeted during her tenure

— Jai Narinder, a resident


I contested as an Independent candidate. Five years ago, the area had a number of problems. Uncovered Ganda Nullah is a major problem here. The work of covering the nullah is under way. Choked sewerage is another problem plaguing the area

— Lakshmi, councillor



Garbage mounts as MC looks the other way
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

A kutcha road at Ward No. 44 in Ludhiana
A kutcha road at Ward No. 44 in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, May 27

Major issues

  • Problem of garbage and industrial waste is a common sight in the ward.
  • Residents lament that a few roads that were laid recently are full of potholes now.
  • Stray animals, especially stray dogs, roam freely in the ward.
  • Being an industrial area, residents want more green belts.
  • Garbage is strewn in some parts of the ward and residents demand proper lifting of the litter.


Major Areas

Miller Ganj, Kalsian Street, Vishwakarma Puri, Tagore Colony, Muradpura, NAnakpuri, Vishwakarma Street, Cycle Market, Laxman Nagar, Jai Hind Gali, Ahluwalia Gali, Sant Pura, Kabir Basti

Population: 50,000

Voters: 7,500


As it is an industrial area, more green belts and parks should be developed here

— Ankit, a resident


During my tenure, I have started development projects worth around Rs 18 crore in my ward. The main problems plaguing the area are garbage and industrial waste. Two new parks, one near Dhuri Line and another near Manju Cinema, have been developed here. A total of nine new tubewells have been installed

— Sarabjit Singh Kaka, councillor



Residents want more green belts, regular water supply
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

A collapsed bus shelter at Ward No. 45 in Ludhiana
A collapsed bus shelter at Ward No. 45 in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, May 27

Major issues

  • Being a low-lying area, MIG flats in Dashmesh Nagar, Preet Nagar and Sewak Pura face the problem of water accumulation whenever it rains.
  • Residents have demanded that roads in Preet Nagar and Sewak Pura should be properly maintained.
  • Sewerage blockage is a problem in Dashmesh Nagar and other adjoining areas.
  • Being an industrial area, residents want more green belts in the area.
  • Regular potable water supply to the ward.


Major Areas

Model Town Extension D Block, Atam Nagar, Preet Nagar, Dashmesh Nagar, Kartar Nagar, New Kartar Nagar, Deep Nagar, Jujhar Nagar, Sewak Pura,

Population: 50,000

Voters: 7,500


The civic body officials should get garbage lifted from the railway tracks

— Opinder Singh Beenu, a resident

The councillor should put in efforts to solve the problem of water accumulation in Dashmesh Nagar

— Guninder Singh, a resident


Most of the development works have been completed in the ward. Crores of rupees have been spent on different projects. I have got two new tubewells installed and roads have been constructed

— Inderjit Singh Gill, councillor



Fall of Rupee a boon for cycle industry
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 27
The ailing local cycle industry has something to cheer after the recent fall of the rupee against the US dollar. The present scenario is proving a boon in disguise for the domestic cycle makers.

The fall of the rupee against the US dollar has discouraged and restricted “large-scale” import of bicycles from China. In addition to this, the high-end bicycles and its parts are also costing more and importers have decided to pass on the increased cost to the customers.

“Because of the rising US dollar, import of bicycle has also come down. It is becoming costlier for local importers to source bicycles from China,” said Badish Jindal, president, Federation of Punjab Small Industries’ Association.

Gurmeet Singh Kular, president, United Cycle Parts and Manufacturers’ Association, said the imported Chinese bicycles had turned costlier by Rs 200 due to the fall in the value of the rupee.



Inter-disciplinary studies get a go-ahead
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 27
Finally, science students will now be allowed to study arts. Giving nod to the much-awaited inter-disciplinary studies at Panjab University, the Syndicate recently passed an amendment giving freedom to science students to study art subjects.

To study the subject, a BSc student will have to clear three elective subjects offered to him/her in the qualifying examination and he/she may choose third elective subject from the faculty of science or faculty of arts.

Harpreet Singh Dua, sitting Senate member from Ludhiana, said, "Science students will be able to study literature, which will also break the monotony of the subject and bring freshness in their studies."

Sarika Bhasin, a student of BSc-I, said she was always interested in public administration and always scored good marks during her school days. "Now that interdisciplinary studies have been given a nod, I will be able to study my favourite subject and also score good marks as well," she added.

Meanwhile, Prof Barinderjit Singh Virdi, head of the physics department, GGN Khalsa College, said, "One should excel in one's own field and be a master of it. I think one should pursue study under one subject selection only," he added.



Training in dairy farming

Ludhiana: The two-week dairy training course organised by the department of veterinary and animal husbandry extension, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) concluded on Sunday. Dr RS Sahota, director, extension education, GADVASU, spoke on the importance and future of dairy farming.

He said the university was organising such training programmes on a regular basis. Dr HK Verma, professor-cum-head, department of veterinary and animal husbandry extension education, interacted with farmers and dealt with their queries. He said after the basic training, one could go for the commercial-level training. A total of 89 farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Delhi, including three farm women, enrolled themselves in the current training session. He added that utmost care was taken to choose the topic for the training so that farmers could get a broader view of dairy farming like breeds, feed and feeding, management, conservation of fodder, diseases and their control and value addition. First-aid methods for various ailments were taught and practical demonstrations were held. — TNS



Civil Hospital
Health dept invites tender for canteen
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 27
Finally, locals were invited to tender for the canteen of Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital by the Punjab Health System Corporation. The canteen has been lying closed for more than eight months.

Deputy Medical Commissioner, Ludhiana, Dr AK Handa, said: “The canteen was given on contract last year, but the contractor left after three to four months. Ann Jal Sewa Trust, an NGO, started offering food, snacks, tea and coffee free of cost to the patients and their attendants in the city hospital. His sale got affected due to this and he left the canteen in between.”

Dr Handa said: “The department has invited fresh tenders for open auction of the canteen. The minimum amount for these tenders will be Rs 2.25 lakh.”

Meanwhile, Shiv Ram Saroy, founder, Ann Jal Sewa Trust, said, “We are serving humanity and will continue to do so. But, it is good if the canteen starts functioning on the premises of the civil hospital.”




Power pangs: Residents take to social networking sites to air woes

Major power breakdown in the city incited many to update their status messages on social networking sites. I came across status updates of several friends who were making most of the situation-"Power breakdown, going for a long drive", Power shut down, enjoying God's AC at my terrace", no power at home so enjoying a night out at my friend's place". While others who were cursing the situation updated their status like-"No power??..what is PSPLC doing", "Life has turned into a hell without power", "One sub-station gone and the entire city is in darkness???, is this PSPCL's back up plan". The situation was same; while some enjoyed it, others got infuriated. According to me, one should learn to be happy and enjoy whatever comes your way!!

Residents wise enough to choose the right person

As the civic body election fever has gripped the mega city and there is a virtual scramble for securing nominations from all major political parties by their activists, almost every other contender for party ticket is turning into a rebel. But the so-called rebellion is not for any cause or welfare of the public, it is simply the reaction of self seekers against denial of a possible position of power. The rebels, or for that matter a majority of those coming out in the electoral area as Independent candidates, have their own interests at heart as the post of councillors seems to them as a lucrative business proposition. Whatever these opportunists might claim or profess, they are out to dig their fingers in the pie and the Ludhianvis will do well to be very cautious while choosing councillors from their respective localities.

Rubber stamps again!

Whenever I would call on a female councillor's phone number, a male would answer the call. I met a couple of women (councillors) who admitted that they did not move out of their house, it was their husband who took care of all the proceedings. "The concept of empowerment of women, for which the wards are reserved for women, is totally missing. Female councillors are just a rubber-stamp. Due to such a practice, the purpose of reservation is defeated," a resident said. "Let alone addressing problems, many of them are never seen once the elections are over," he said.

For some, liquor is the best medicine

There is a village on the periphery of the city where people prefer liquor to medicine. An official of the health department said, "We keep sensitising people against diseases, but they don't pay heed to it. One day, we told villagers to take chloro quinine in case of a malaria outbreak, but they said they did not need any medicine as they had wine which killed all germs.

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




Street vendors launch campaign

The National Association of Street Vendors of India has started a state-level campaign for the proper implementation of the national policy for street vendors today. "Abhiyan Rath" that reached the city from Delhi has been creating awareness about the protection of interests and livelihood of street vendors in the city.

72 cases disposed of at lok adalat

About 72 cases were disposed of during a monthly lok adalat at the district courts yesterday. It was presided over by Gobinder Singh, District and Sessions Judge-cum-Chairman, District Legal Services Authority.

Go-carting championship

Residents enjoy go-carting in Ludhiana
Residents enjoy go-carting in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

"Ludhiana's first ever go-carting championship is going to be organised at F2 raceway in South City from June 1 to June 17," said Rahul Soni, CEO of Xtremeways, during a press conference held at the venue yesterday. The event is expected to attract at least 200 entries. The prize money of Rs 1 lakh will be given to the winner. Runners-up will also be awarded. On the final day, 200 qualifiers will compete for the semifinals, of which 24 will be chosen for the next round. Four winners will reach the final round. Residents can enrol for entries, learn and practice.

27 rabbits rehabilitated

About 27 rabbits and 13 geese were rehabilitated at Shani Mandir, Shanigaon, Ludhiana. Dr Sandeep K Jain, chief coordinator CAPE-India, and co-opted member, AWBI, coordinated the rehabilitation following the killing of rabbits by dogs in their enclosure.

Home Ministry's decision criticised

Representatives of the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Vichar Manch, Punjab, criticised the decision of the Ministry of State Home Affairs to ban any future visits of reputed Swedish scholar Jan Myrdal to India. The manch had invited him to deliver a talk on "Working Class Movement and Imperialism." His second book on India "The Red Star Over India" was also released. They demanded that the ministry should revoke its decision.

Petrol hike condemned

The Senior Citizen Forum condemned the steepest hike in prices of petrol by the government. Representatives of the organisation said the price hike had created resentment throughout the country.

Demand by Anti-Corruption body

Representatives of the Anti-Corruption Council of India demanded that Central and state government ministers, gazetted officers, IAS, IPS, IRS, IFS should declare their assets. Dr Shiv Gupta from the organisation also demanded that corrupt politicians should be debarred from contesting elections.

Teachers air grievances

A delegation from Ludhiana unit of SSA, RMSA, CSS Teachers Union met MLA Balwinder Singh Bains. They told him that the government had promised to increase the salary of SSA, RMSA and CSS teachers, but it failed to do so.

Boutique opened

Elvy Lifestyle launched its exclusive flagship boutique in Silver Arc Mall in the city. The store houses an exhaustive collection of home décor products and lifestyle accessories of international quality. — Tribune Reporters



2 robbers arrested

Phillaur, May 27
The local police has busted a gang of robbers with the arrest of two of its members. They have been identified as Sangar and Raju, both residents of Phillaur. About 25 tolas of gold jewellery worth Rs 7.5 lakh have been recovered from their possession.

The accused confessed having committed burglary in Ashok Kumar Dhiman, an industrialist, house in Ashok Vihar in January. — OC



Hockey festival
Friends Club drub Jarkhar Seniors
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 27
The Friends’ Club of Doraha drubbed Jarkhar Seniors 8-2 in the Prithipal Singh Memorial Seven-a-Side Hockey Festival being organised jointly by the Mata Sahib Kaur Hockey Academy, Jarkhar, and the Ludhiana Sports Welfare Association at Jarkhar village on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road, 15 kilometers from here last evening.

The festival is being conducted under floodlights. At least six teams in the junior section and an equal number are competing in the senior (above 35 years) group.

The match played in the senior section between the Friends’ Club and Jarkhar Seniors turned out to be a one-sided affair in which the former faced a little resistance and wrapped up the match comfortably (8-2).

After leading 2-1 at the lemon break, players of the Friends Club went on a goal-scoring spree, sounded the board at regular intervals and eventually romp home victors, without being challenged.

For the winning side, Ravinder Singh Kala scored three goals while Sukhjit Singh and Harjinder Singh chipped in with a brace each. Sangram Singh scored one goal to complete the rout. Gagandeep Singh and Harminder Singh reduced the margin for the losers.

In another encounter in the senior section, Grewal Club of Kila Raipur warded off a stiff challenge before emerging triumphant (3-2) against the Gill Sports Club, Dhamot.

Jagjeet Singh, Jaswinder Singh Jassi and Gurdeep Singh accounted for one goal each to help the Kila Raipur Club overcome their opponents while Manohan Singh and Sharanjeet Singh fought well for the losing side.

The third match was played between the Guru Nanak Club, Ludhiana, and the Sant Fateh Singh Club, Dholan (Jagraon), which ended in a 5-5 draw.

Two matches were held in the junior section also in which the Kila Raipur Academy managed to scramble past Sant Fateh Singh Academy, Dholan 8-7 and Randhir Academy, Dhamot, prevailed over Jagtar XI, Jarkhar, 4-3.

President, Gatka Federation of India, Harcharan Singh Bhullar, was the guest of honour today. He recalled the great contribution by Olympian Prithipal Singh in the field of hockey.

“To promote the game of gatka, state-level competition in this martial art will be organised during the annual sports festival at Jarkhar village,” Bhullar announced.

Prabhdeep Singh, District Public Relations Officer, Sangrur, along with Tehsildar, Joginder Singh, Phillaur, and Hardayal Singh was felicitated for their contributions towards the promotion of sports in rural areas.



Cricket: Ludhiana-Mohali match ends in draw
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, May 27
The two-day match between Ludhiana and Mohali played in the ongoing Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (u-19) for the Dhruv Pandove Trophy held at Punjab Agricultural University ended in a draw.

Batting first, Ludhiana declared their first innings at 338 for the loss of nine wickets after 128.4 overs.

Sunny Pandey top scored with 103 runs and he was followed by Nikhil Chowdhary (56), Khushwinder (56), Chirag Maria (52 n.o) and Nimit Malhan (12).

For the visitors, Kohinoor was the main wicket taker. He took four wickets for 71 runs while Maninder chipped in with two wickets for 55 runs. Gurpreet Singh gave away 37 runs and took one wicket while Rakesh Rawat grabbed one for 44.

In reply, Mohali were 195 for four in 55 overs when the umpires call it a day and the issue remained unresolved.

Mohali's innings revolved around Abhijeet (67), Pukhraj (50 n.o) and Manul (44).

For the host, bowling honours were shared among Sandeep Singh, Amritpal Singh and Bhupinder. Sandeep scalped two wickets for 47 runs while Amritpal Singh and Bhupinder took one wicket each after conceding 12 and 49 runs, respectively.



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