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5 die in road mishaps in district
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, June 3
It turned out of be a black Sunday for city residents, as five persons were killed and over 50 injured in five road accidents that took place in different parts of the district here today.

In the first incident, 35 persons were injured after a bus plunged from a 25 feet high flyover in Libra village near Khanna.

In the second incident, two persons died, while five, including the driver, were injured when a speeding ambulance belonging to the Samaj Sewa Society Moga overturned near Shekhupura village on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway here this afternoon.

The ambulance was carrying a seriously ill patient, identified as Parkash Kaur, to the DMCH Ludhiana from Moga.

The deceased were identified as patient Parkash Kaur (55) and secretary of the Samaj Sewa Society Moga Jaswinder Singh (37).

Ten persons were travelling in the ambulance when the accident took place.

According to an eyewitness,overspeeding led to the accident.

The driver of the ambulance is learnt to have lost control over the vehicle while overtaking another vehicle. It turned down the road near Shekhupura village.

While Parkash Kaur died on the spot, Jaswinder Singh died while being taken to hospital.

Soon after the incident, 108 emergency ambulance reached the spot and rushed the injured to the DMCH.

Five persons are undergoing treatment at the DMCH Ludhiana and their condition was stated to be stable.

The remaining three persons escaped with minor injuries and were discharged after first-aid.

In the third incident, Gurmail Singh (50), a resident of Lehra village near Dehlon, was crushed to death, while his friend Daljit Singh sustained injuries after they came in front of an overspeeding SUV in Lehra village.

While Gurmail died on the spot, Daljit was rushed to a multi-speciality hospital, where his condition was stated to be serious.

Mandi Ahmedgarh: Two persons were killed and nine seriously hurt in two accidents that took place at Sarinh on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road and at Umaidpur on the Dehlon-Sahnewal road near here today.

The dead were identified as Paramjit Singh of Mundian Khurad and Rudal of Uttar Pradesh.

Paramjit Singh, who was returning on his motorcycle from Guram village after visiting his in-laws, was hit from behind by a speeding school bus near Power Grid near Umaidpur. The collision was so powerful that his left leg was severed and thrown a large distance from his motorcycle, which was damaged badly. He was shifted to a multi-specialty hospital at Ludhiana, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The Dehlon police has booked the driver of the vehicle under Sections 304-A and 279 of the IPC.

The second mishap took place near Sarinh village when a Tata 407 tempo ( PB-10- 9762) tempo carrying migrant labourers and their families, returning from Gurdwara Phalahi Sahib, overturned after colliding with the central verge near a curve on the recently four-laned road.

Rudal who was sitting on the left side of the vehicle and had tried to save his life by jumping out of the overturning vehicle, but was crushed under the tempo. He was declared brought dead by doctors at a local hospital.

The injured were shifted to various medical centres at Ludhiana and other places. Priya, Shrinath, Ragni, Akhilesh and Prem Nath were among those injured seriously. Four persons with minor injuries were discharged after getting first-aid at Civil Hospital Ludhiana.

The police was yet to receive information about the victims and initiate action against the driver of the vehicle.


City boy 65th in country
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
Ekjot Singh Arora of DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, topped the city by getting the 65th rank in the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT), conducted by the CBSE, the result of which was declared last night.

He belongs to a family of doctors and got 30th rank in the Punjab PMT. Another student Rohit Garg from the city got 209th rank in these exams. Ekjot Singh said, "I was expecting myself in top 50, but missed the spot. I scored 435 marks out of 480. Last year, city topper Dipan Uppal also scored same marks, but he got the 37th rank. However, I am happy with this achievement."

"Guidance by parents and regular studies helped me achieve the goal. I want to be a cardiothorasic surgeon," said Ekjot. He owes his success to his parents, school and private tutors. "I would prefer to take seat in DMC Medical College or Maulana Azad Medical College Delhi," he added.

Talking about the concept of success, Ekjot draws inspiration from his favourite quote, "Success is not about what you have got but what you make of it."

This year 2,57 960 students appeared in the AIPMT, and 30,688 students cleared the preliminary test of which 15, 620 were girls. 

A let-down

yThe AIPMT results were not as per expectations of the students of Ludhiana. This time not a single student figured in the top 50 list. For the past few years, students from the city have been bringing laurels to the city. Last year, city students bagged the 37th and 41st rank in the AIPMT.



Woman sarpanch booked for fraud 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
A woman sarpanch of Jandiali village has been booked for allegedly pocketing the pension amount of a dead man for three months.

The sarpanch, Jasvir Kaur, was booked following an audit conducted by the social security department.

The SHO Sahnewal said the accused kept withdrawing the old-age pension of a person by forging his signatures on the panchayat register, causing a loss to the exchequer.

She used to withdraw the pension from the panchayat’s bank account and used to send a report to the government, claiming that the pension had been disbursed.

“Though the person was dead, he was shown alive in the government records for withdrawing pension,” the SHO said.

Jasvir Kaur has been booked under Section 420 for fraud with the department.



31 mobiles recovered from jail
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
Barely a day before the arrival of the Director-General of Police (Jails), prison guards here today recovered 31 mobile phones that were allegedly being used by the jail inmates.

Jail officials, meanwhile, kept the matter under wraps, but sources in the jail confirmed the development.

Sources further said that jail officials had conducted the clean-up exercise to evade any kind of embarrassment caused during the visit of the DGP. A similar exercise was conducted a few days ago when a Sessions Judge inspected the jail premises.

During that time,11 mobile phones were recovered.



Blind murder case of labourer cracked
Tracking of International Mobile Equipment Identity number led to solving the case
Mohit Khanna

Ludhiana, June 3
The tracking of the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number led to the cracking of the blind murder case of a migrant labourer.

The incident took place in the Dhandari area nearly three months ago.

The Focal Point police today nabbed a juvenile and his friend for allegedly killing Sunil Bharti.

Bharti was stabbed to death on March 18 while he was returning to his quarter after finishing work in the Dhandari area.

The murder was being probed by SHO Focal Point Davinder Kumar, who questioned the victim's relatives. During investigation, it was found that the assailants had stabbed him and fled with his mobile and money.

The police then coordinated with the technical cell of the department and put the IMEI number of the mobile phone on surveillance.

It was found that after killing Sunil Bharti, his mobile phone was used for a few minutes.

The police procured the mobile number, but it was also obtained by submitting a fake document.

“We got hold of the mobile number details and found that frequent calls were made from a particular number on the phone number belonging to the accused. The man was identified as Gurdev Singh of Maksudra village nearly Doraha. He further told us that the number belonged to his brother-in- law’s son,” said Davinder Kumar.

Without wasting time, the police detained the youth, identified as Mandeep Singh (18).

During questioning, Mandeep confessed that he, along with his 17-year-old friend Munish Kumar, who lives Jaipura village near Dorha, had stabbed Sunil Bharti.

Mandeep further told the police that while he had overpowered the victim, it was Munish who had stabbed Sunil Bharti to death.

The duo, both school dropouts and hooked to drugs, further confessed before the police that they were behind several incidents of robberies that took place in the Focal Point area.

They reportedly told the police that they were robbing migrants for easy money and it used to "give them thrill".

They used to travel on a motorcycle and used to snatch money from migrants at knife-point.

On March 18, they intercepted Sunil Bharti and tried to snatch his mobile and money, but the victim resisted them. In a fit of rage, Munish stabbed Bharti. Both fled on the motorcycle after stabbing Bharti.

The police has recovered the knife, mobile and motorcycle used in the crime.

It is learnt that residents of the locality heaved a sigh of relief following the arrest of the accused. They complained to the police party that the duo had became a menace for the locality and used to take up fights with residents on petty issues.



Another Cong candidate booked
Run-up to municipal corporation elections
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
The city police today booked Congress candidate Palwinder Singh Taggar and his four accomplices in an attempt to murder case for attacking supporters of his rival candidate JS Sokhi.

JS Sokhi said Taggar and his men attacked the supporters in the Shimlapuri area here last night and damaged some vehicles.

“Taggar wants to win election by flexing muscles and he has hired goons, who are trying to generate fear psychosis among residents. But the more he is trying to scare people, the more support I am receiving from residents. Taggar’s men had yesterday attacked Harjasdeep Singh and Jasmeet Singh while they were campaigning in the ward. They were badly injured in the attack. Harjasdeep was rushed to hospital and his condition was stated to be serious,” said JS Sokhi, an SAD candidate. On the other hand, Taggar said he was wrongly booked. Instead, he was attacked by Sokhi’s men.

He said he had become a victim of political vendetta. Cops backed by SAD leader were falsely implicating Congress candidate in a one-sided case. It is learnt that the police went to arrest Taggar, but he managed to escape. The registration of an attempt to murder case against Taggar has intensified problems for Congress in the run-up to the Municipal Corporation elections.

More problems for party

First Congress councillor Sanjay Talwar was booked by the Division No 3 police for instigating gamblers, who further attacked a cop. A few days ago, MP Jawaddi and Harry, son and nephew, respectively, of Satwinder Jawaddi were booked for opening fire in the Sarabha Nagar market, which left on person injured.



4 booked for fraud
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
Two employees of the revenue department and two others, including a woman, of a land mafia have been booked on fraud and corruption charges for trying to usurp a 150 sq yd property worth Rs 50 lakh of a city resident.

The accused have been identified as Maya Devi, Waliti Ram, Patwari Hardev Singh and Kanungo Bhupinder Singh.

Patwari, Hardev Singh, is already facing suspension in a similar case, while Kanungo Bhupinder Singh was recently promoted as Naib Tehsildar.

The accused were booked following the probe conducted by the Assistant Commissioner of police (ACP-North) Swapan Sharma.

It is learnt that that the revenue department employees were also indicted following a probe ordered by the Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari.

The complainant, Gurpreet Singh, said that the land mafia in connivance with the employee of revenue department created fake documents of his property measuring 150 sq yd located in Upkar Nagar. The accused were in process of further selling the land when Gurpreet learnt about it and informed the police. A probe was launched and the revenue department employees were found guilty of helping the accused in preparing fake documents. Vinod Kumar, the SHO Division No 4, said the accused have been booked under Section 420 of the IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act.



Ward No. 62
Here, developmental work goes on at snail’s pace 
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Heaps of garbage in ward number 62 in Ludhiana (L) and an uncarpated street in ward number 62.

Ludhiana, June 3
Major issues

Sanitation is poor in the ward.

Residents facing inconvenience due to uncarpeted roads and streets in some of the areas.

Water leakage and outflow of sewerage are routine affairs in the ward.

Stray animals roam freely in the ward.

Residents drinking contaminated water due to leakages in potable water pipeline


Major areas:

Ishar Nagar, Harkrishan Nagar, Guru Gobind Singh Nagar, Juzar Nagar, Azad Nagar, Basant Nagar.

Voters: 18,000

Population: 70,000


Earlier, the area was totally alien to development. We have spent Rs 32 crore to install sewerage, potable water supply and street lights. Not a single developmental work is pending in this ward

— Jaspal Singh Sandhu, councillor


Installation of sewerage is going on in the ward at snails pace. Supply of potable water is also poor. Residents are drinking contaminated water due to the leakage of potable water pipeline

— Vikas Rai, A resident

There are some areas in the ward which are well maintained. Other areas still required Municipal Corporation’s attention. Supply of contaminated water is the major problem of the area

— Kuldeep Singh Khaira, resident of ward



Ward No. 63
Shortage of potable water, stray animals trouble ward number 63 residents
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service
An under-construction road in ward number 63 (L) and garbage being burnt under a transformer in ward number 63.

Ludhiana, June 3
Major Issues

Residents complain of shortage of potable drinking water.

There is no well maintained green belt or park in the ward.

Problem of stray animals, especially dogs, could be seen roaming freely in several parts of the ward.

A web of wires can be seen passing from several streets of the ward.

Garbage dumps in the area need to be properly maintained.


Major areas:

Shimlapuri, Jujhar Nagar, New Shimlapuri, Preet Nagar, besides some others.

Voters: 18,000

Population: 40,000


I have always emphasised on providing potable drinking water to the residents. When I became the councillor, the area had only three tube-wells, but now my ward is having 13 tube-wells. During my tenure as the councillor, I have got development works worth crores. All roads were re-carpeted, got new streetlights installed and several other beautification works were carried out

— Jagbir Singh Sokhi, councillor

reSIDENTS speaks

The sitting councillor has performed up to the mark and helps us whenever we have some problem

— Avtar Singh, a resident

Even as the quality of water supplied is good, sometimes we don’t get supply regularly. The councillor should give emphasis to this

— Lakhvir Singh Sandhu, a resident



Ward No. 64
Basic facilities lacking in ward number 64
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
Major issues

Waterlogged street in ward number 64. Lohara village and surrounding areas are worst in the ward, as residents are deprived of basic facilities.

Open drains and water accumulation on roads due to sewerage blockage in a common story of many areas in the ward.

A number of colonies still deprived of potable water and sewer.

Residents are facing inconvenience due to uncarpeted streets and roads dotted with potholes. Some of the development works are going on at a snail’s pace, causing inconvenience to public.


Voters: 30,000

Population: 1,00,000


Development was on our priority last tenure. We have installed 18 tube-wells in the ward. Potable water supply project has been completed. Most of the roads in the area are well carpeted. Moreover, we installed flora lights in the ward

— Sunita Rani, Councillor

reSIDENTS speaks

Open drains and blockage of sewerage is a major problem of the area. Due to the blockage, stinky water enters our houses. Roads in the ward are in a pathetic condition

— Karnail Singh, a resident

MC workers dig up roads to install sewerage, but do not come back to re-carpet the roads. The poor condition of the roads leads to accidents and inconvenience to the commuters. There should be an end to the sewerage problems of the area

— Joginder Singh, a resident



Ward No. 65
Parks, green belt missing in ward
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
Major issues

A heap of garbage in ward number 65. Sweepers do not come on a regular basis. Garbage can be seen strew on the streets and corners of the ward.

Residents are deprived of parks and green belt.

Some of the roads in the ward are ill-maintained.

Encroachments by shopkeepers and vendors lead to traffic jams.

Residents say stray dogs have become a nuisance in some parts of the ward.


Major areas:

Ranjit Nagar, New Janta Nagar, New Guru Arjan Colony, Amar Nagar, Jain Colony, Dhaba Colony and Harvinder Nagar.

Voters: 24,000

Population: 60,000


Almost all development works have been completed. All roads have been carpeted. We ensure regular supply of potable water. Here sewerage never gets choked

— Swaran Singh Mohali, Councillor

reSIDENTS speaks

The councillor works hard to solve problems. Although there are no major problems in the ward, some parks and green belt are required

— BK Dogra, a resident

There is not any problem like other surrounding wards. The problem of poor sanitation should be solved and garbage should be lifted regularly

— Sanjiv Verma, a resident



62 polling stations highly sensitive
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
The municipal corporation (MC) elections are scheduled for June 10 and the city police has been trying hard to make all arrangements to conduct the elections in a peaceful manner.

Out of the total 383 polling stations in the city, more than 255 polling stations have been identified as very sensitive and sensitive polling stations by the police.

Deputy Commissioner Police (DCP), Ashish Chaudhry, said on these sensitive and highly sensitive polling stations, extra force would be deployed so that anti-social elements find no chance to disturb the smooth conduct of the elections.

The number of total polling booths was 963, while the number of polling stations was 383. And out of these 383, 256 polling stations in the city were sensitive and very sensitive, said the DCP.

According to the police, 62 polling stations have been termed as very sensitive, while 194 come under sensitive category.

These stations are located in almost entire city, including different places at Chawni Mohalla, Rishi Nagar, Vishal Nagar, Grewal Colony, Karamsar Colony, Sarabha Nagar, Gurdev Nagar, BRS Nagar, Jawahar Nagar Camp, New Model Town, Labour Colony, Baba Jiwan Nagar, Moti Nagar, Preet Nagar, Urban Estate and Focal Point, etc.

On security arrangements during the polling day for the councillor’s elections, Ashish Chaudhry said 2,471 policemen would be put on duty at all polling stations.

“Besides, we are expecting to get over 1,000 more policemen from outside to conduct the elections in a peaceful manner in the city,” said the DCP.

Polling booths 963

Polling stations 383

Very sensitive 62

Sensitive 194

Non-sensitive 127




Police takes out flag march

Ludhiana, June 3
In the wake of municipal corporation (MC) elections, the police carried out a flag march in the city here today.

The flag march was conducted, following the increase of brawl cases among candidates fighting the MC elections.

The focus was laid on the Sarabha Nagar market, which has turned into a war zone of sorts, as every group tries to settle score in the market. Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Gurpreet Kaur Purewal supervised the flag march. Besides visiting the Sarabha Nagar market, the police teams visited Pakhowal Road, Ghumar Mandi Cemetery Road and Mall Road.

A strict action would be taken against those who would dare to take law in their hand. We are increasing night vigil and deputed more policemen in the Sarabha Nagar market to thwart any attempt of miscreants to create ruckus,” said ACP Purewal. — TNS



‘Tobacco addiction increasing’
It not only contains nicotine but 8 more poisonous elements
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
To try cigarette or any other tobacco product on a friend’s insistence or to get rid of boredom and anxiety gives pleasure in the beginning, but ultimately, this very addiction proves deadly for life. This was said by city-based oncologist of Ludhiana-Mediways, Dr Navdeep Singh while addressing a press conference here on the eve of World No Tobacco Day.

While talking about how a person becomes victim of tobacco and its addiction, Dr Singh told that tobacco contains a deadly element called nicotine. As soon as it gets into the body it increases the release of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine works towards good mood, peace of mind and it makes the mind more active. Heart, brain and central nervous system become more active as soon as its secretion increases in brain. A person gets addicted when this secretion is increased repeatedly with the usage of cigarette, gutka or other means of tobacco. A person experiences restlessness, anger, disappointment and headache for the want of tobacco and ultimately starts consuming tobacco regularly to avoid these symptoms.

Dr Singh told that tobacco not only contains nicotine but eight more poisonous elements. But nicotine is more harmful than any other element. With the regular use of tobacco, all these elements enter our body and lead to various diseases, foremost impact being disturbance in the part of brain that contains mood balance. Because of the disorder in this system, he does not feel normal without tobacco and to feel normal in this forced state, he uses tobacco regularly.

While discussing about the harms of tobacco he further added that it affects lungs, heart and windpipe adversely. At later stages, a smoker has to suffer from arthritis, asthma, heart attack, high cholesterol, hypertension, stroke, mouth, throat and lung cancer.

Dr Singh emphasised on the possibility of getting rid of tobacco addiction within a short span of time with determination and will. Psychologists, doctors or councilors may also help in this regard. He also told that if someone abandons tobacco, he would experience both short term and long-term benefits. After leaving smoking, blood pressure and heart rate of a person becomes normal in 20 minutes, the level of carbon monoxide in his blood becomes normal within 12 hours. Within two weeks to three months, his blood circulation and condition of lungs start improving. Within one to nine months his cough decreases and he experiences less breathing problems. After one year, the possibilities of coronary heart diseases lessen and after about five years, possibilities of heart attack decrease drastically. After ten years, possibilities of lung cancer decreases up to 50 per cent as compared to those who smoke, and after 15 years, the possibilities of coronary heart disease come at par to those who do not smoke.



‘Say no to tobacco’

Ludhiana, June 3
Young Indians Ludhiana Chapter organised an educational-cum-awareness session at Hero EcoTech Ltd on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day followed by an interactive talk with the factory workers.

The primary objective of this session was to educate the factory workers about the ill-effects of tobacco and what precautions they can take to get rid of this harmful disease. The session lasted for two hours in which doctors had impacted around 100 factory workers. During the session, the resources person shared with them many factors about 'why people smoke', 'what is active and passive smoking and which is more dangerous'. — TNS



Artificial limbs distribution camp held

Ludhiana, June 3
An artificial limb distribution camp was organised in which caliper, tricycle, wheel chair and hearing aids were provided to as many as 40 physically challenged persons and to hearing impaired persons. Viklang Sahatya Camp organised by Bharat Vikas Parishad Charitable Trust, Rishi Nagar.

Suraj Jyoti, president of the trust said that organisation was going to hold Viklang Sahayata Camps at various districts of Punjab in the coming months. — TNS



With soaring mercury, keep check on diet: Experts
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
Mercury is touching the sky and scorching heat affecting the health of city residents. Some are complaining of sore throat while others with stomach problem, but majority of people love to ea outside without rationalizing its ill effects on the health.

Dr GP Mangla, senior medical officer of the ESI Dispensary Number VII said, "Patients are coming with complaints of sore throat, mild fever, gurgling sound in stomach along with loose motions. People should avoid eating out, cut fruit, chaati ki lassi. One should wash hands properly with soap before eating anything and after going to toilet as 80% health hazards related to bad stomach can be controlled with it."

Roma Singh Chief Dietician at Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, "As we sweat out more in such weather and thus loses important nutrients including Potassium and Sodium. So, chances of dehydration always remain there. One should drink at least 3 to 4 litres of water in the form of lemon water, by adding glucose etc. It helps in reviving the important nutrients. One should go for light food having salad, vegetables, lassi etc more. People who are to work out (do not stay back at home) should avoid fats and fried food as it makes you feel sleepy."

She further said that fresh seasonal fruits including watermelons, melons and mangoes etc should be eaten after washing properly.

Dr PL Chaudhry, Deputy Medical Superintendent, of the ESI Hospital, Ludhiana, said, "Stale food should be avoided as it may cause health problems."



Entrance test for MEd
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
Panjab University is conducting entrance tests for admission to MEd courses, regular and correspondence. Correspondence course is a two-year course for in-service teachers.

Entrance test is being conducted for the department of education, colleges of education, situated in Chandigarh and Punjab, affiliated to Panjab University, Chandigarh; Nearly 1,600 candidates have already registered online and all those who have completed their Bed, are eligible for MEd.

The university officials stated that the last date for submission of information on the website to generate the bank challan is June 9 and for depositing fee in any branch the of State Bank of India using website generated challan is June 12.

The last date for submission of fee details (journal No, branch code and date of deposit given by bank) and uploading of photograph, signature with rest of the information on the website is June 14.

The entrance test will be held on Sunday, July 15 only at Chandigarh centres. The prospectus (including application form) is available online on Panjab University website http:// medadmissions.puchd.ac.in.



Talent hunt show organised

Ludhiana, June 3
A talent hunt show is on at Country Club in South City. Around 45 children participated in the show. The participants are all underprivileged children. Contests including drawing, dancing, singing and sports contests were organised.

The organisers are a group of young children themselves, studying in class XI. Instead of spending time vacationing and playing games, these children of Delhi Public School decided to help the underprivileged children to discover their talents and help them get better. The idea of the event was all of their own. Not only did they organise the event but also raised money for it, through donations.

"We were thinking about what to do in the holidays, and wanted to do something. Then one of us hit upon the idea to help underprivileged children. So we got together, decided about the show. We went places, meeting underprivileged children, telling about the show. Then we printed brochures and sought donations from our respective residential areas," says Aisha Tareen, organiser. — TNS



Ludhiana calling


Shopping is known to be every woman's weakness. Some do it for the need; others use as a stress buster, for some it is a hobby, while others do it just like that. Recently, on the Internet, I came across an article stating that a new drug has been formed, which will curb the urge to shop among women. Interestingly, belowthe article, it was only comments by the men asking for the drug, so that they can give it to their better halves. Some were asking how will it work, others asked how long the effect of the tablet will remain, some were asking about its availability. Poor husbands, they do not know that no drug can work on women when it comes to shopping, they will continue to shop.

Provide our ‘rights’

Children these days are getting more and more vigilant of their "rights". As the campaigning for the Municipal Corporation elections is going on in full swing, the candidates are campaigning door to door in their respective wards. An example of children getting awakened about their rights was witnessed when a candidate went to a house for garnering votes. While the family members were discussing some things with the candidate, their eight-year-old son was standing nearby and was giving a sound hearing to the candidate. The child, who was miffed over shortage of playing space in the nearby park, was quick to add. He told the candidate, "Auntie, please do something about our playground. Some women sitting there do not let us play in the park on the pretext that the plants would be damaged." The candidate was surprised when she heard the child discussing his problem with such confidence.

Election fever

The Municipal Elections are scheduled for June 10. The contestants, their supporters make a beeline at the places of residents, who can garner them good number of votes. They just "camp" at the homes of residents right from morning till evening, making homemakers stand on their toes, offering cold drinks, butter-milk and all kinds of "refreshing" drinks in this hot, sultry weather. One of my friends complained, "15-20 people from different parties, camp at our place everyday. Today, all of them ordered sweet lassi first and then some minutes later, they thought to have salted buttermilk. I had to buy curd worth Rs 300 to make the guests happy. Before leaving, they said that tomorrow, they will have simple brunch, prepared by bhabhiji (friend). I wish the elections are over soon else I will go mad."

‘Ingenuine’ request

There is an NGO, which serves food to the needy patients. The hall where food is served lacks ceiling fans. One day an employee of the hospital requested the founder of NGO, "Sir, please also arrange an air conditioner for us too, as we really need it." Listening to this the office-bearer of the NGO replied to the employee, "Sir why do not you help us first to get the ceiling fans here at this hall, where attendants of patients come and have food in scorching heat." While sharing this communication with the Ludhiana Tribune, the NGO office-bearer said, "Look at them madam, we are providing them food by raising donations and now they expect luxuries from us. It is ridiculous to make such an ingenuine request. Isn't it," rued he.

"Single drivers-pay for the road-space consumed"

Looking at the pace at which traffic is growing and the way inexpensive cars are growing, the burgeoning of vehicular traffic is proving to be too much for the roads. Although four-laning and six-laning efforts are on by the government, the stretching of roads is perhaps cannot be the viable solution ultimately. A resident stuck in a traffic jam, said that roads are after all are "finite resource" being "consumed" by wide cars and the SUV's. "There should be road-fine for those driving almost unoccupied cars-as payment must be made for one person consuming so much road-space," he said. "This would not only discourage too many cars on the roads and but also encourage car pool-ins to avoid payments," he smiled.

— Contributed by Manav Mander, Puneet Pal Singh Gill, Shivani Bhakoo, Anupam Bhagria, Gurvinder Singh



Ludhiana triumph over Amritsar
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, June 3
Shubhendu Goel and Manan Jain shared nine wickets among themselves and anchored Regional Coaching Centre, Ludhiana, to triumph over the Regional Coaching Centre, Amritsar, by 67 runs in the two-day match of the PCA Inter-Regional Coaching Centre Cricket Tournament (13 to 15 years). The match was organised by the Punjab Cricket Association at the Satish Chander Dhawan Government College ground here today.

The Regional Coaching Centre, Ludhiana, added 25 runs to their overnight score as the innings folded at 310 runs in 117.1 overs.

Needing 311 runs to win, the Regional Coaching Centre, Amritsar, were cruising well to achieve the target but Shubhedndu and Manan succeeded in containing the visitors. The visitors finally wilted under pressure and their essay finished at 253 after 70.5 overs.

Shubhendu picked up five wickets for 46 runs while Manan gave away 95 runs and chipped in with four victims.

Rohit Pathak (61) and Marshal (57) pressed hard to sail RCC, Amritsar, through but they too, could not survive for long and caved in.

Brief scores: RCC, Ludhiana-310 all out in 117.1 overs (Saurabh Khurana 68, Jaskaran 39, Shubhendu Goel 34, Rohit Verma 30, Deepin Chitkara 26, Jaish Jain 26, Kunwar Makkar 21, Manan Jain 18, Rahul Khanna 12 and Harnoor Singh 12; Rohit 2 for 73, Shivam 2 for 54 and Abhishek 2 for 55).

RCC, Amritsar,-253 all out in 70.5 overs, Rohit Pathak 61, Marshal 57, Sukhjit 29, Sunny 23 and Harmanjit 22; Shubhendu Goel 5 for 46 and Manan Jain 4 for 95).



Jarkhar to clash with Grewal Academy in final
Anil Datt
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
The Jarkhar Academy beat Randhir Academy, Dhamot, 5-3 and Grewal Academy, Kila Raipur, outnumbered Kila Raipur Academy 9-5 to set up the title clash in the junior section in the Prithipal Singh Memorial Seven-a-Side Hockey Festival being held at Mata Surjit Kaur AstroTurf Stadium of Jarkhar village on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road.

This hockey festival is being organised by the Mata Sahib Kaur Hockey Academy, Jarkhar, in association with the Ludhiana Sports Welfare Association in memory of hockey star and Padmashree awardee, Prithipal Singh.

In the senior section, Friends Club of Doraha got the better of defending champions, Jarkhar Seniors 6-2, while the Grewal Club of Kila Raipur defeated the Guru Nanak Club of Ludhiana 5-3 to settle for the summit clash.

The first semifinal match in the junior section played between Jarkhar Academy and Randhir Academy was a well-contested affair in which the former managed to hang on to the lead they earned in the initial moments.

Gurjeet Singh scored a brace for the winners, while Harpreet Singh, Akashdeep and Parminder Singh added one goal each, whereas Gurpreet accounted for goals for the losing side and Harpreet pumped in one goal to reduce the victory margin.

In the second semifinal, Grewal Academy of Kila Raipur registered 9-5 win over Kila Raipur Academy comprising of players from Government Senior Secondary School, Kila Raipur. For the winning team, Harpreet Singh, Ranjeet Singh and Gurpreet Singh scored three goals each to complete the rout.

District transport official, Ludhiana, Manpreet Singh Chhatwal was the chief guest during the semifinal matches. Rupinder Singh Ravi, state organiser, Punjab School Education Department, Chandigarh, was the guest of honour.



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