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ongoing power crisis
Snags, fire hit PSPCL
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 17
Had there been no snags at various sub-stations and a massive fire at 220 KV Lalton Kalan sub station here during the last three weeks, the power situation in the mega city in the extremely hot weather conditions, when the demand for electricity increases manifold and power supply has to be provided to tubewells also for paddy sowing, would have been much better. Claiming this in a talk with The Tribune, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) Central Zone Chief Engineer KL Sharma said elaborate maintenance and upgradation measures were taken in the city by the PSPCL to cope with the increased load of electricity.

"During the last few months, new 66 KV transformers with a total capacity of 302 MVA were installed. In addition, 1,608-km 11 KV lines and 11 kilometres 66 KV lines were laid. In order to strengthen the local distribution system, as many as 4,421 distribution transformers were made operational," he stated.

He said the PSPCL had made all possible efforts towards the maintenance of lines, upgradation of sub-stations and laying new distribution equipment in order to bring about qualitative improvement in the power supply to the city during the summer season.

"However, the power scenario took a turn for the worse on May 21 when one 100 MVA transformer at 220 KV Ferozepur Road sub-station developed a fault. And before this transformer could be made operational, there was a fire in 220 KV Lalton sub station on May 25 which damaged two 100 MVA transformers. Even though transformers installed at Lalton were repaired/reconstructed in a record time, on June 15, the repaired 100 MVA transformer at Ferozepur Road sub station against went out of the system, causing a

shortfall of some 20 per cent. According to the Chief Engineer, the power supply being provided to through 220 KV Ferozepur Road, 220 KV Humbran Road, 66 KV Rajguru Nagar, 66 KV Balloke Road, 66 KV DC Complex, 66 KV South City, 66 KV Amaltas, 66 KV Model Town, 66 KV Dugri, 66 KV Gill Road and 66 KV Basant Park feeders have been affected where power cuts for three to four hours were being imposed during the day.

Meanwhile, CS Mann, Engineer-in-Chief, Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited, said the repair work of the 100 MVA transformer at Ferozepur Road sub-station had been taken in hand by the technical staff of the manufacturers as the equipment was under the warranty period. "The repair work is expected to be completed in about 10 days time," he added.


Soaring mercury, power cuts make life hell
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 17
With the weather gods remaining harsh and the power utility imposing unscheduled power cuts for anything from four to six hours in residential areas of the mega city, life of the people here has become miserable as no relief either from the scorching heat or by way of improvement in power supply seems to be in sight in the near future.

In the wake of erratic power supply, that is becoming worse when it is needed the most, majority of the city residents have become wary of tall claims being made by the senior government functionaries of making the state power surplus, or even by the authorities of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) who let no opportunity go to elaborate on steps taken to augment the power supply and upgrade the local distribution system.

Several residents from posh areas of Sarabha Nagar, BRS Nagar, Rajguru Nagar, other localities along Ferozpeur Road, Dugri, Model Town, Civil Lines, Haibowal, Kundanpuri, and old city localities complained of extended power cuts during the day and night.

Those having sleepless nights as the inverters also stop working due to insufficient charging and exhausted batteries, mock the PSPCL assertions that duration of the power cut at one time will not be more than an hour, and not more than three or four power cuts of an hour's duration each will be imposed. "We have had at least half a dozen power cuts during the day on Saturday with one imposed at noon lasting for two hours and fifteen minutes," said Surinder Kumar, a resident of Rajinder Nagar locality."

People are particularly sore over the unimaginative schedule of power cuts drawn by the PSPCL officials, which has led to scarcity of water in most of the city localities with residents in the old city areas being the worst sufferers. "Our localities are already deficit in water supply and when power cuts are applied in the morning, afternoon or late evening, we have to go without water supply as well in the blistering hot weather," complained many residents of Daresi Road, Purana Bazar, Lakkar Bazar, Mochpura and Field Ganj.

Scoffing at public announcements of the senior leaders of the ruling alliance to the effect that Punjab will become a power surplus state, quite a few suffering city residents said, "Let those making castles in the air realise the plight of the people and the ground realities. When adequate power supply during peak summer is a far cry right now, where does such tall claims stand?" Sher Singh, a senior citizen wondered.

‘Unimaginative power cuts’

People are particularly sore over the unimaginative schedule of power cuts drawn by the PSPCL officials, which has led to scarcity of water in most of the city localities with residents in the old city areas being the worst sufferers.



24-yr-old kills self
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 17
A 24-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself with a ceiling fan at Khud Mohalla in Division No 3 area here today.

The incident came to light here this afternoon when his parents opened the door of his room. The deceased has been identified as Ricky.

Sources said the accused was addicted to smack and committed suicide as he did not get his daily dose of drugs. The body was taken to the local Civil Hospital for postmortem.



Three killed in road mishaps
Sarpanch and panch of Guram village killed
Mahesh Sharma

The truck trolley that banged into a building on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road at Dehlon
The truck trolley that banged into a building on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road at Dehlon

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 17
The sarpanch and panch of the Guram village panchayat were killed and a resident of Dhulkot village was hurt when the motorcycles they were riding were hit by a speeding jeep coming from the opposite side on the four-lane Ludhiana-Malerkotla road near Gopal Pur village near here last night.

The Dehlon police has registered a case under Sections 304 A, 279 and 427 of the IPC against driver of the jeep Harinder Singh.

The deceased have been identified as Kaur Singh, sarpanch, and his associate Gurmail Singh, panch, whereas Kulwant Singh of Dhulkot who was travelling on a separate motorcycle was injured seriously in the incident.

The incident took place late in the evening on Saturday when the victims were returning to their homes from the Ahmedgarh side.

Sources said had the jeep not tangled in the second motorcycle, the panicked driver could have hit pedestrians and cyclists going at a small distance ahead.

Investigations revealed the Trax Jeep (PB 10 BY 2870) had overrun motorcycle (PB 10 CL 9253) driven by Kaur Singh when he (Kaur Singh) tried to cross the road from a cut on central the verge. Kaur Singh and pillion rider Gurmail Singh were dragged on the road for a long distance and the panicked driver of the jeep hit another motorcycle, injuring Kulwant Singh of Dhulkot village.

While Kaur Singh and Gurmail Singh succumbed to their injuries on the spot, Kulwant Singh was shifted to the Civil Hospital, Dehlon, by the police. He was later shifted to a multi-speciality hospital at Ludhiana, where his condition was stated to be serious.

Satnam Singh, investigating officer, said Kulwant Singh had received head injuries and was yet to gain consciousness after the accident.



Youth crushed to death by truck
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 17
A 24-year-old man was crushed to death by a speeding truck near Guru Nanak Engineering (GNE) college here today.

The incident took place in the morning when the victim, identified as Anil Kumar (24), a resident of Shimlapuri, was visiting Alamgir Gurdwara to pay his obeisance.

According to an eyewitness, the truck came from behind and hit the rear end of the victim's vehicle. The victim lost control over his vehicle and fell on the road.

Before he could react, the truck ran over him. Anil died on the spot. The truck driver managed to flee with the vehicle. The victim's friends further staged a dharna on the Shimlapuri bridge and demanded the arrest of the accused persons.

The victim was the only son of his parents and was pursuing accountancy. The police has registered a case against the unidentified truck driver under Section 174 of the IPC.



Bunty Bajwa murder case
Family for arrest of all accused; ‘cops working under duress’
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 17
Exactly a week after the broad daylight killing of Gurvinder Singh, aka Bunty Bajwa, a former sarpanch of Bahadurke village, the victim’s family members have demanded the arrest of rest of the accused involved in the murder case.

Emotional scenes were witnessed at a local resort near Jalandhar Bypass where the grieving relatives of Bunty Bajwa demanded capital punishment for the persons involved in the killing of the victim.

The victim’s wife, along with her three children, including two daughters and one son, while addressing a press conference, demanded that if elections were all about settling personal scores and killing each other, the government should put an end to this menace (elections).

“I have lost my husband. The lives of my children have been devastated. All of them who were involved in the killing of my husband should be given stern punishment,” said the victim’s wife.

Rashpal Singh, the victim’s maternal uncle, claimed that a sitting MLA of the ruling party had allegedly threatened Bunty Bajwa and warned him with dire consequences as the victim was supporting an independent candidate in the civic elections.

While the main accused Karanbir was arrested two days ago, Gurdev Singh and his accomplices, including Balwinder Singh, Davinder Singh and Vicky Sakhon, are on the run. Rashpal said the police was working under pressure and not arresting the accused persons.

Bajwa was shot dead from a point-blank range by Karanbir during the municipal corporation elections held on June 10.

After killing Bajwa, the accused had opened fire and damaged over 10 vehicles to scare the crowd.

The victim was a supporter of Independent candidate Gurdeep Singh Bittu, while accused Karanbir was backing SAD candidate Baljinder Singh Goggi of ward no 1.

Initially, the incident was linked with the violence during the municipal corporation elections, but the investigation took a u-turn when the police came to know that both victim and the accused were bitter rivals and had been involved in bloody clashes earlier.



2 jail inmates get burn injuries
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 17
Two jail inmates were injured after a cocking gas cylinder caught fire in the kitchen of the central jail here today.

The victims, identified as Surinder (35) and Ramesh (38), sustained over 30 per cent burns and were rushed to Civil Hospital for treatment. Their condition was stated to be stable.

The incident took place here this afternoon when Surinder and Ramesh were cooking food in the common kitchen on the jail premises.

Suddenly the cooking gas cylinder caught fire due to the leakage in the gas pipe and both sustained burn injuries. The jail inmates and guard swung into action and poured water on the duo to douse the fire.

The flames from the cylinder led to the burning of wooden items lying in the kitchen. But the inmates soon controlled the fire.

Surinder is undergoing jail term in a murder case, while Ramesh is in jail in a case of forcing someone to commit suicide.



Decision on Mayor after June 20
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 17
The decision on finalising the name of Ludhiana Mayor would be taken after June 20, the day when the Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal returns from abroad. Ever since the elections held on June 10, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) councillors have been lobbying hard for getting elected as the Mayor.

As per the internal arrangement between the Akali Dal and Bharatiya Janta Party, the post of Mayor goes with the Akali Dal, while the posts of Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor remain with the BJP.

The main contenders for the post of Mayor are three-time councillor Pal Singh Grewal, outgoing Mayor and a five-time councillor Hakam Singh Giaspura and youth leader from the Bains group Kamaljit Singh Karwal.

Earlier, the SAD wanted that a Hindu face should be made its Mayor. Sources said that for this purpose, the party had allotted party ticket to senior Akali leader Harish Rai Dhanda from ward number 28 of the city.

“When Dhanda was given party ticket, almost everyone in the city’s political as well as social circle knew that Dhanda would be made the Mayor. But his defeat by 276 votes to Maharaj Singh Raji of the Congress changed the party’s plans. The Akali Dal wanted a Hindu face so that the party could be benefited in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections,” said sources.

On June 12, PWD minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon had organised a meeting at his house. The meeting was attended by all Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) and Bharatiya Janta Party councillors, MLAs and other senior party leaders. Party leaders say that by organising this meeting, Dhillon had tried to send a clear signal that he would be playing an important role in the selection of Mayor.

Party sources said that Sharanjit Singh Dhillon might oppose Pal Singh Grewal as a cold war is going on between both of them for a long time.

“A senior citizen named Nachattar Singh had also recently accused Pal Singh Grewal of manhandling him. Hakam Singh Giaspura might not get a second term as he has already been adjusted when he was made the Mayor in 2007. Kamaljit Singh Karwal is backed by the Bains group and he might face some opposition from a section of Akali leaders because he was first expelled and then taken back into the party recently. He is also one of the main accused in Tehsildar Gurjinder Singh Benipal stripping and assault case. So the final decision would be taken by the Deputy CM himself,” said a senior party leader who did not wish to be identified.

It is also learnt that the party might give chance to a youth face this time. “Its not that for becoming a Mayor, one has to be a five time or three time councillor. The person who can lead from the front and is non controversial might get lucky,” said a senior party leader.

While speaking to The Tribune, PWD minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon said that all rights of appointing the Mayor have been given to Sukhbir Singh Badal.

“Now its up to the Deputy CM to finalise the leader who would be made the Mayor. The decision in this regard would be taken after June 29,” said Dhillon.



Trend of off-road rallies on the rise in Ludhiana
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 17
Sand billowed above as the beast machines rove through the sandy track alongside Sutlej River. The off-road rally through Kadian village had about 35 SUV's trying to outdo one other in the test of driving skills and nerves, negotiating the inclines, river of sand and muddy water. Named Full Throttle Trails, the rally saw various participants from the city with their 4x4 and 4x2 models participate in the off-road event.

The culture of adventure and off-roading rallies is building up in the city, as more such events are being organised by private car clubs as well as, which is a good thing, said a participant.

Participants had their share of delights and adventure during the rally and their own tales to tell as they experienced hurles through the five-kilometre track.

“I enjoyed the challenge while trying to get through the water,” says Naresh Jasra, 41. For Gagandeep Singh and Pawan Sandhu off-roading enthusiasts, the rally was fun and getting through the sand was the most challenging part. A few women along with the male partners participated in the rally. “This was fun, and I also drove back through the sand,” says Richa a housewife. Hemant, a businessman said this really tested the 4x4.

Another resident said that such rallies should be organised more often, because, it is not possible to go in off-roading all alone, because if one gets stuck, it is almost impossible to get out of the deep mud or sand without help, he said. When companies like Tata organise these, they take care of safety measures as well, he said.

Although many of the people get these cars only for a show-off and symbol of luxury, but it is only during off-roading when they can actually experience the 4x4 features and capabilities of these vehicles, said Rishi Dada, a participant.

The trend has started picking up and would mature over a period of time, he said.

According to the organisers, it was an exercise to let the owners of our vehicles realise the capabilities and the reliability of the vehicles. Although this culture of off-roading is more popular down South, but it is picking up in North India as well, he said.



40 yrs on, land rid of encroachments
Mahesh Sharma

The drain land which was freed from encroachers at Rachhin Lohatbaddi
The drain land which was freed from encroachers at Rachhin Lohatbaddi. a tribune photograph

Rachhin (Ludhiana), June 17
Farmers and residents of this historic village and surrounding localities heaved a sigh of relief when the district administration succeeded in taking the move launched to get encroached drain restored to drainage department and started construction of the Rachhin-Lohatbaddi drain that remained defunct for over four decades.

The drain, constructed in 1961 had remained functional for about 10 years after which owners of fields situated along it started tilling, first the banks and then basin of the drain.

Within a couple of year, the whole drain was ploughed and present generation did not even know that there existed some drain one day.

After being approached by farmers who had suffered losses due to water logging during past years, office-bearers of civic bodies at Rachhin, Brahampur and Lohatbaddi initiated move to get the encroached land restored to the department and ultimately succeeded in getting the land freed.

"Though demarcation of the land had been done by the revenue officials in presence of owners of all fields situated along the drain, we had to take police help at the time of restoration of land to drainage department," said the village sarpanch's husband Gurbant Singh, adding that the construction of the drain will soon be accomplished.

Maintaining that move launched to get the drains reconstructed would benefit farmers and residents of the area, farmers led by Punjab Kissan Sabha general secretary Baldev Singh Latala called upon office-bearers of various social and political organisations to persuade encroachers of their respective localities to surrender the encroached land save crops from water logging and frequent floods.

Latala said farmers of Latala village and surrounding localities had already approached the administration for getting encroached land of Latala drain freed from encroachers, which included prominent political leaders too.

Similar was in case of other defunct drains including those passing through Chhapar, Gujjarwal and Dhulkot villages.

Investigations revealed that the apathy displayed by officials of the drainage department had caused havoc due to overflowing of rainwater from un-cleared drains and encroachment by farmers during past years.

Though office-bearers of civic bodies of various villages felt that the restoration of the encroached land to the drainage department would help fight the menace of overflowing ponds, water logging and frequent floods, nobody took a stand on the issue for obvious reasons of losing votes.

Many farmers in the region had ploughed land belonging to the drainage department. This resulted in closure of drains, which used to carry away rainwater and prevented ponds from overflowing. The encroachers included village panchayats and their office-bearers.

The Tribune has been highlighting the fears expressed by the regions farmers as well as residents for a long time. This is first time that the district administration has taken a stand against encroachers and an action initiated to get encroached land of the drain restored to the drainage department has reached conclusive end.



BCom Admissions
Day one: 3,000 applications filled
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 17
Nearly 3,000 applications were received by various colleges here on the very first day of BCom admissions.

Various college administrators believe they will receive three to four times more application than the available seats this year.

BCom continues to be among the most sought after course for those who have completed their Class XII in commerce.

Statistics reveal that the number of students applying for BCom is three to four times higher than the number of seats available for the course.

Gurminder Kaur, principal of Government College for Women who is also officiating principal of SCD Government College for Boys, said BCom remains the most preferred subject among the students.

"Students have variety of career opportunities after doing BCom; they can either opt for MCom or MBA. Job in banking sector, insurance sector or private sector yielding huge bucks allure them to opt for BCom at graduation level," said she.

Dr AS Ghuman, principal of Guru Teg Bahadur National College, Dakha, said his college does not come under the centralised online admission procedure and the admissions to the college is done manually.

"Last year, we received three times more applications than seats available in our college. This time we are expecting the number of students applying for BCom to go higher," he added.

Ankit Sabharwal and Arushi Jain have both applied for BCom through online admission procedure.

It is the banking and retail sector which allure Ankit, while Arushi wants to pursue MBA after graduation.

"B.Com and MBA is a perfect combination as you have best of both the worlds. I wish to join my family business. After understanding mathematics and statistics, I would like to understand business management before landing in my father's office," said she.

Admission to BCom to the Panjab University affiliated colleges is done through a centralised admission process, forms for which are to be filled online.

The students can fill admission forms on PU website www.puchd.ac.in by writing names of the colleges they want to seek admission to in order of their preference.



Admission Hotline part II
Your choices for BCom colleges
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 17
After the results of Class XII are out, those who wish to pursue Bachelors of Commerce (BCom) have plenty of choices when it comes to choice of colleges. The admission to the BCom is done through centralised online counselling system. Admissions to Panjab University affiliated colleges falling in "urban conglomerate" of Ludhiana city will also follow centralised counseling system.

Here is a look at various colleges offering degree in BCom and all the subjects are compulsory in BCom course.

Experts take on future prospects

  • Principal of DD Jain College, Surinder Dua, said there is a plethora of choices for students after Bachelors of Commerce.
  • They can go for MCom and those interested in business can opt for MBA. After clearing UGC, one can do lectureship or can pursue PhD.
  • Various jobs in public and private sector awaits students after BCom, while banking, retail and insurance are also there.
  • Not only this, one can always clear PCS or IAS exam and join administrative service. Accounts paper is also there in PCS exams

Subjects available

  • Elective: English, Punjabi, commercial and labour law, financial accountant, business organisation and management, business maths and stats. Those who are not well versed with Punjabi language can opt for Punjab History and Culture.
  • Vocational: Early childhood care and education, advertisement, sales and promotion
  • Add-on courses: Event management, interior designing, apparel design, cosmetology, web designing, bank management, tourism and travel, journalism, computer-based accounting, postgraduation diploma in dieticians and nutrition, Functional English

Colleges in and around Ludhiana

  • Government College for Women
  • SCD Government College for Boys
  • Kamla Lohtia Sanatan Dharam College
  • Ramgarhia College for Women
  • Arya College
  • Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women
  • Khalsa College for Women
  • DD Jain College
  • Master Tara Singh College
  • Gujranwala Guru Nanak College
  • Guru Nanak Girls College
  • SDP College for Women
  • AS College, Khanna
  • Shree Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management
  • Guru Teg Bahadur National College, Dakha
  • Shree Atam Vallabh Jain College
  • Guru Nanak National College, Doraha
  • LRD DAV College, Jagraon
  • Sanmiti Government science and research college, Jagraon
  • GHG Khalsa College, Sudhar
  • Khalsa College for Women, Sidhwan Khurd



How educated are your councillors
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 17
As they say that for serving society, one does not need formal education. The recently elected Ludhiana Municipal Corporation house is having seven councillors who are postgraduates, 20 are graduates, two are under graduates, 11 have completed class twelfth, 19 are matriculates, one has completed class eleven, five have completed class eighth (middle standard), two have completed class fifth (primary), one has completed class fourth, two have mentioned under-matriculation as their educational qualification, while three have not mentioned their educational qualification.

These details have been gathered through the nomination papers filed by the councillors.

The postgraduates in the MC house are Avtar Kaur, Congress councillor from ward number 6, who has done Master of Arts (MA) in Punjabi, Mandeep Kaur, Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) councillor from ward number 9, who is MA LLB, Satinder Kaur, Congress councillor from ward number 11, who has done MA, Megha Aggarwal, Bharatiya Janta Party councillor from ward number 14, who has done Master of Computer Applications (MCA). Sumit Malhotra, BJP councillor from ward number 21, Mamta Ashu, Congress councillor from ward number 49 and Amandeep Kaur Giaspura, SAD councillor from ward number 74 have mentioned post graduation as their educational qualifications.

The outgoing Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura, SAD councillor from ward number 72 has completed class eighth (middle standard).

Paramjit Kaur Shivalik, SAD councillor from ward number 58, has completed class fifth (primary) while Amrik Singh, an independent councillor from ward number 34 has completed class fourth.

The educational qualifications of Kashmir Kaur, an independent councillor from ward number 26 and Baby Singh Thakur, independent councillor from ward number 73 could not be gathered.




Vendors overcharging from commuters at local bus stand
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 17
Hot waves and scorching heat has been creating a problem for the commuters at Ludhiana Bus Terminal as vendors are charging more than the print rates on water bottles and beverages. Ironically, commuters have no other option than buy water bottles because water coolers installed at bus stand are providing hot water.

There is not a fix rate of water bottles on the bus stand premises. If someone asks the rate of bottle before than buy then it is Rs 18 or 20. But if someone asks them after breaking the seal of bottle then the rate might be 22 or 25.

Vendors excuse for charging more than print rates that they charge it for cooling the bottles and beverages but according to the instructions printed on beverage bottles that they have to sell it chilled.

Mukhtiar Singh Gill, a daily passenger, said: "Section of the society, who travels by buses, cannot affords to buy 1 liter water bottle every time. So water coolers should be work properly. If administration is not interested to provide this facility to public then social welfare originsation from the city comes forward to arrange chhabeels in bus stand premises."

Manpreet Kaur a commuter said, "When I reached at bus stand I was feeling thirst. I asked for a water bottle from a vendor. I sipped the water and then asked the price of bottle. To my surprise, the vendor answer that it was Rs 25. It is sheer loot and I hope that bus stand authorities would also involve in this."

Rajinder Bhati, manager, bus stand operating company, "I was not aware that vendors at bus stand are overcharging. Now we will check tomorrow if someone found overcharging we will take action against them. There are 5 water coolers in the bus stand. Due to the long power cuts coolers are not working properly."



Commuters at bus stand suffer
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 17
Thousands of commuters are facing tough time at Saheed Sukhdev Inter-State bus terminal everyday as the bus stand authorities failed to provide the basic facilities. For the most of the commuters, chilled water is an issue but apart from it other basic facilities are also not there.

There are three waiting rooms (one is AC and two others are non-AC) available in bus stand for commuters to wait. Ironically, these waiting rooms in the bus stand are not comfortable to sit in this scorching heat, now days. People prefer to sit outside in heat wave than the waiting rooms.

Air-conditioned waiting room for the passengers of the AC busses have single AC which is not able to cool the small waiting room. No one wants to sit in side this room.

"Waiting room for women has also a sad story. There are only two ceiling fans and one of them has been running very slow in speed.

Jagdev, a commuter, sitting in the AC waiting room said, "Air conditioner is working just like a fan. Only one person can sit comfortably who occupied the seat in front of the AC."

"Ceiling fan was not working properly in waiting room so we prefer to sit outside the waiting room," said Joginder Kaur.

Rajinder Singh Bhati, manager, bus stand operating company said, "Due to the rise of temperature air conditioners are not cooling the rooms according to expectation. But there might be some problem in the AC room if AC need to get repaired than we would repair it soon. I will also take care of the fans in women waiting rooms."



'Awareness on postal issues lacking'
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 17
Lovely Sondhi parcelled an article costing Rs 2,500 to the US last year. The postage cost him more than Rs 6,200 at a post office in the city. But as the article was not delivered to the destination, he is demanding that the postage as well as the cost of the article should be given to him. Now the cost of the article is being given to him, but he has been denied the postage charges by the Foreign Post Office, New Delhi. He was told that the postage charges could be paid in case of loss of the article only if it is insured at the time when it is sent. But he says, he was not told about it.

Lovely's is not an isolated case. Many residents are unaware that postage charges can only by reclaimed in case of loss or stealing of a parcel sent through post office, only if it is insured. The files submitting such cases speak volumes about it.

His contention is that he should have been informed by officials at post office that insurance facility is available and can be available.

However, the DoP officials say that customers should be aware and should make appropriate enquiries. We are there to accommodate and cooperate any enquiry, as customers should also make appropriate enquiries, because it is not possible to put up such information on signages in the post offices, as there are so many rules.

An official, however, said that getting your parcel insured itself can be a complicated task, for there are no modern day, tamper-proof packaging technology available with the post office that an article to be parcelled can be dispatched in a hassle-free manner. For some assurance, customers should have a unique seal, and wax, and it is packed appropriately.

According to an official, if an insured article posted abroad is lost while it is still in India, a compensation of Rs 1,500 is paid. But if it is lost abroad, compensation is paid according to the rules of the country where it sent, he said, which can vary according to the country, whether zero or has an upper limit of Rs 1 lakh.



Prof SB Khurana Memorial Oration held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 17
Prof SB Khurana Memorial Oration was held at Dumra Auditorium of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital here today. Dr Ashok Seth, president, Cardiological Society of India, and chairman, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Delhi, delivered the oration on the topic “Coronary Revascularisation: Refining Tools to Recruiting Robots”. The oration was well attended by the managing members, faculty and medical students.

The oration began with a welcome address by Dean (academics) Dr Rajoo Singh Chhina.

Secretary of the DMCH Managing Society Prem Kumar Gupta said considering the enormous contribution made by Dr SB Khurana in the field of medicine and as the former head of the institution, who left no stone unturned to raise the institution to its present academic and clinical glory, the first Prof. SB Khurana Memorial Oration was held to observe the first death anniversary of Dr Khurana and inspire the young generation of doctors to tread on the path shown by him.

Principal Dr Daljit Singh extended a warm welcome to Dr Ashok Seth. In his message, Dr Daljit Singh said, “We remember Dr Khurana with everlasting affection and profound respect. His clinical acumen, teaching methods, sophistication and suaveness continue to form a cherished memory that we carry within our hearts.”

Chief cardiologist and coordinator of Hero DMC Heart Institute Dr GS Wander introduced the chief guest to the audience. In his message, he said Dr Seth had contributed extensively to the growth and development and scientific progress of cardiology, especially interventional cardiology in India and across the globe. “Dr Seth is one of the most recognised and respected Indian cardiologists," said Dr Wander.

Dr Ashok Seth said in the past decade, the face of intervention coronary revascularisation had been changed by a number of advances, most notably the development of minimally invasive techniques, including robot-assisted coronary artery bypass computer (robotic) enhancement, had emerged as a potential facilitator of minimally invasive intervention procedures, said Dr Seth.



Policemen told about banking frauds
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 17
The city police today conducted a seminar to sensitise its officials about white-colour crime also known as banking fraud cases.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP- Crime) Harjinder Singh conducted the seminar at police lines. MK Bansal (retired) chief manager of SBI was the keynote speaker. Bansal spoke at length about the banking fraud.

He told the police that ATM cloning and credit card fraud are the latest white-colour crimes. He also suggested ways to curb the menace. He further told the police officials to take suggestion for the banking experts while dealing with such cases.

ADCP said criminals were opting for innovative ways to make money and posing new challenges for police.



Price watch
Skyrocketing prices burn hole in pocket
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 17
Prices of vegetables and fruits although remain stable as compared to last week, but the price are high if compared to last year. At this time when the summer is at its peak, the prices of vegetables usually fall down. But no such trend has been observed this year.

The vegetables are available in full abundance but are highly priced. "Gone are the days when cauliflower and bottle gourd were available at Rs 2 or 5 per kg. Due to inflation and rising temperature, the prices of fruits and vegetables are sky rocketing," said Ahmed, from Mian vegetable and fruit shop at Aggar Nagar.

Ruby, a homemaker, said, “The vegetable prices are not coming down. Nothing is available in the market less than Rs 50 per kg, be it fruits or vegetables. They are burning holes in everyone’s pocket," said she.



Good handwriting still an asset
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 17
It is time for summer vacation and students have started taking classes for improving their handwriting.

Although use of typing has increased in recent time, yet at school and university level good handwriting is still consider as an asset. Legible and beautiful still help students to score well in the exams.

With the emergence of professional tutors to improve handwritings, students are now more curious to join these classes. These professional tutors are claiming that one can improve handwriting in a short period.

Most of the students feel that handwriting is a tool to score more marks in examinations so they are making the most of summer vacations by joining these classes. Other than improving handwritings, these centres also help in increasing writing speed.

"My teachers always scold me for my poor handwriting. Now, after the Class X examination I realised that handwriting is my weakest point. So, I have joined a handwriting improvement centre", Lovepreet, a student. Maneka, a tutor, said, "Majority of our students is from Class V to XII because they want to increase their marks. Our centre also has doctors, advocates and businessmen. Some of them have joined speed enhancement courses, whereas others want to improve their handwritings as they feel embarrassed while writing in front of others.”

"We improve the handwriting using scientific method," said Harmeet, another tutor.



Children learn to pen stories
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 17
A three-day story writing workshop for children is underway at Sukhdev Singh Bhawan at PAU.

The students are being trained by Jameja Singh Johl, a writer. A lot of children writings are done but those are done by grown-ups, he said. But no matter how childlike one gets, grown-up cannot put themselves in children's shoes.

“This is being organised to let their vivid and vibrant imagination fuel creativity and take form of stories," said Johl. No fees are charged for the workshop.

“Children love when their imagination is tickled with. They are taught to imagine freely and how to develop stories. For example, children were told about a horse that would kick a lot and the horse got christened as "Kicku Ghora" in the class, much to the amusement of the children,” he said. In this way, the children are given different themes on which they use their own imagination and come up with fantastic stories, he said.

He said the children are given things that they can identify with and they build their own imagination around it.

“It is a great exercise for the children not only to channelise their creativity and develop their writing skills but also to fuel their imagination, he concluded.



ncc camp
Cadets perform dance, song on concluding day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 17
A ten-day annual training camp of NCC cadets concluded today at Khalsa College for Women with a cultural programme.

In this programme, cadets from various institutions showed their talent on stage.

The CATC cadets gave fabulous performances such as solo song, solo dance, group song, group dance and skit camp. Adjutant Lt Asha Aneja read the camp report, in which she discussed in detail about this ten-day programme. She discussed about various activities in which cadets participated such as drill, weapon training, firing, TSC selection and cultural events. The cadets who excelled in various activities were awarded with medals by chief guest and KCW principal.

College Principal Dr Varinder Kaur Thind appreciated the efforts put by cadets, CO and his team. 



Attractive t-shirt messages

T-shirts with slogans written on them are a rage among youngsters. While some slogans are interesting to read, some are funny and one wonders why anyone bought the t-shirt. I saw a girl who was wearing a t-shirt on which it was written "circus bear". I wonder what she wants to tell the world. Another boy was wearing a t-shirt on which it was written "Beware". Beware of what? It was all I was thinking after reading that. While yet another girl was wearing a t-shirt with a Punjabi message: “‘Miss Kaur’, Proud to be a Punjabi”. It is really interesting and fun to read slogans on t-shirts.

Power pang

The last few days have been very tough for Ludhianvis. The extremely hot and humid weather coupled with the ever power cuts caused by major snags in a sub-station have made the life of the people miserable. The erratic cuts have led to acute scarcity of water in several localities. Power failure during night in many areas has forced many people to sleep on the terraces. This brings to mind the yesteryears when air coolers and air conditioners were considered a luxury unlike the present time when these gadgets have become essential items in one’s life.

Gods of labourers

Most of the industrial migrant labourers reside in "Vehras" in the city. A huge number of vehras can be spotted at Sherpur, Dhandari and Giaaspura areas. Due to the unhygienic environment in these areas many labourers fall prey of diseases in summers. Labourers, in absence of enough money for proper treatment, consult quacks-a lone option for them. They charge Rs 10 for there doses of medicine. When a sick labourer was asked as why they do not prefer Civil Hospital treatment, he replied, "Who will pay for the ride to a hospital. We can't afford more than Rs 20 for treatment. So these quacks are "God" for us poor labourers.”

Temperature-regulated clothes

Looking at the way the mercury soars up in summer and temperatures plummets in winters, people have started demanding and yearning for temperature-regulated clothes. "An entrepreneur in India is working to development temperature-regulated clothes, but it is yet to arrive in the market. I am so looking forward to that kind of jackets and clothes," said a resident. When developed, this would be the next big phenomenon, he said.

Girls and fashion

To save themselves from scorching heat girls had found an innovative way many years back, which has now become a fashion statement. Almost all girls, who are either driving two wheelers or walking on the road, can be seen covering faces with dupattas. It’s not only summers, but this "fashion statement" is in vogue during winters. A friend of mine was recently going somewhere on his bike. He had his face covered with a handkerchief. His wife, who had covered her face with a dupatta, saw him passing by and waved at him. He could not identify her and moved his face the other side. When he reached home, he got a sound hearing for "ignoring" her.

Contributed by Manav Mander, Kuldip Bhatia, Charanjit Singh Teja, Puneet Pal Singh Gill, Gurvinder Singh.



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Ludhiana: A camp was organised at Elementary School Maneli village by a team of Safety Circle, Chandigarh, to inform about the ways to save themselves from natural disasters and the knowledge of first-aid. Resource person said that lots of lives could be saved if the people have some information and ways to save them from disasters.

Ambedkar Jayanti

Punjab Buddhist Society Ludhiana organised a programme dedicated to Ambedkar Jayanti and Budh Poornima at Takshial Maha Budh Vihar village Kadian today. On the occasion Satya Behal from UK was the chief guest. Priest Bhante Satya Sheel addressed to the resent devotees.

Medical camp

Medical cell of Bhartiya Janta Party organised a medical camp at 30 feet road Azaad nagar Ward No 2. District president BJP Parveen Bansal Parveen Bansal and MLA Ranjit Singh Dhillon were also present on the occasion.

24-hour drug store

Ludhiana Mediways Hospital has opened a new 24-hour drug store on the hospital premises. The drug store was inaugurated by Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura here on Sunday. Gurmeet Singh Kular, director of Ludhiana Mediways Hospital said that the hospital is ready to perform with the best medical services along with latest equipment provided to the patients. Prominent among those present on the occasion included Rohit Kapoor, Dr Baldeep Singh, Bhagwan Singh, besides others.


Punjab State Agriculture Cooperative Societies Employees Union held a state level meeting at Chatar Singh Park, here on Sunday. Harbhajan Singh, president and Gurmel Singh Bharowal said that the cooperative department is not making any efforts for the upliftment of its employees. Bharowal said that even the issues related to their salary have not been redressed by the department. "In protest, we would boycott the Bhai Ghanaiya Health Scheme for one month as well as the departmental meetings. If our problems are still not solved, we would hold a protest at Chandigarh," said Bharowal.

Meeting of cooks

A meeting of Democratic Mid Day Meal Cook Front led by Rajpal Kaur Allana was organised at Gurdwara Alamgir Sahib. While addressing the members she said that government is not paying them according to fixed wages as workers have been working more than the commitments. She said that school authorities not pay their salaries on time.



Jaspreet steers Navneet Navratnas XI to victory
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, June 17
A fine all-round display by Jaspreet Arora (77 runs and 6 for 15) steered the Navneet Navratnas XI to script an emphatic a 107-run victory against the Vijitash Navratnas XI in the final of the inaugural edition of the Airtel Navratnas Cricket Cup Tournament held at Ashok Malhotra Palm Gardens, Sahnewal on the GT Road, near here last evening.

Four teams namely Navneet Navratnas, Vijitash Navratnas, Maneet Navratnas and Anand Navratnas competed in the three-day tournament in which matches of ten overs each side were played under floodlights.

The final turned out to be a mismatch as the Navneet Navratnas XI romped home victorious without being challenged.

The Navneet Navratnas’ decision to bat first after winning the toss appeared to be a calculated move as they hoisted a huge score of 161 runs after losing just one wicket in the stipulated 10 overs.

The main architect of their innings was Jaspreet Arora who played a swashbuckling 77 runs to help his team to reach a big score. He also excelled with the ball, capturing six wickets for 15 runs that restricted the Vijitash Navratnas to a paltry total of 54 runs with one over to spare.

For the Vijitash Navratnas, except for Arjun Soni who contributed 27 runs. Jaspreet Arora was declared the player of the tournament.

Prashant Gambhir, ZBM, Airtel handed over the Airtel Navratnas Cup to the winning team.



swimming tourney
Sangrur emerge victorious
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, June 17
Host, Sangrur secured 112 points to emerge as overall champion in the 27th Punjab State Swimming Championship for the sub-junior boys and girls conducted at the War Heros Swimming Pool, Sangrur, here today.

A 17-member contingent from Ludhiana district participated in this meet and boys' squad garnered 49 points to finish as runners-up.

As many as 135 swimmers from 12 districts took part in the group III (U-12) and group IV (U-10) years in this one-day championship.



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