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Migrant killed by husband
Woman’s neck slit by kitchen knife after heated argument
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 1
A 32-year-old woman was allegedly killed by her husband following a heated argument at a quarter located in Daba during the wee small hours today.

The victim identified as Sulekha, a native of Bihar, was working at a marriage palace along with her second husband Ravi.

The couple argued with each other at the marriage palace last night. It took an ugly turn as soon as couple reached their house. Ravi picked a kitchen knife and slit the neck of Sulekha in the fit of rage.

The victim bled to death on the spot. After killing his wife, Ravi fled from the house. The matter came to light today morning when those residing in the area opened the door on hearing cries of the couple’s three-year-old son.

The residents were shocked to see Sulekha’s body lying in a pool of blood and immediately called the police. A murder case has been registered against Ravi on the complaint of victim’s brother.

Sulekha had four children from her previous marriage. She left them at her native village in Bihar and came to Punjab with Ravi in search of greener pastures.

SHO of the Shimlapuri police station, Balwinder Singh, said: “A manhunt has been launched to the arrest the accused. The custody of the couple’s three-year-old has been given to his maternal uncle.


Vacation extended, govt school teachers cry foul
Say heatstroke can affect even them
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 1
Teachers of government secondary schools are irked by government’s decision to extend summer vacations of primary schools, as they feel that students of primary and secondary schools, too, can suffer heatstroke.

The education department extended the vacations of primary schools till July 8 yesterday. Earlier, the schools were supposed to reopen on July 2, now these would reopen on July 9.

Meanwhile, secondary schools are slated to reopen on July 2. Whereas the teachers of the secondary schools are feeling discriminated, parents those whose one kid is in primary and another in secondary are also unhappy.

According to the school teachers, government schools are ill-equipped to face this scorching heat, thus the government should extend their summer vacations.

Gurbeer Singh of the Math Teachers’ Union said, “Teaching community is unhappy with the government’s decision as weather affect students of all age and classes in the same way. Those studying up to Class V are also disappointed as seven to eight holidays had already been reduced in summer vacation.” Gurbachan Singh Libra of the Master Cadre Teacher Union said, “Infrastructure available in the government schools is inadequate. There is no alternative available during power cuts. The government should rethink about the decision.”

No holidays for senior students

The rumor was spread after the news appeared on a TV channel. The summer vacation has not been extended. The teachers and students of high and secondary schools will have to attend the school. However, we have extended the summer vacation of those studying in primary classes. But, we don't feel that those studying in senior classes need more holidays.
— Sikandr Singh Maluka, Education Minister



Asked not to smoke, two brothers attacked
Were coming out of cinema hall, 12 booked; 3 held
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, July 1
Lal Palace, a local cinema hall, turned into a battlefield when more than 12 youths brandishing sharp-edged weapons attacked two brothers while they were coming out of it after watching Punjabi movie “Jatt and Juliet” yesterday.

Those who had come to watch the movie got horrified and were seen running helter-skelter. This led to massive traffic jam on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway where the cinema hall is situated.

According to sources, a youth started smoking cigarette in the cinema hall while watching the movie. On this, the two brothers identified as Anmolpreet and Harampreet of Galib Kalan village near Jagraon asked the youth to stop smoking. This led to minor argument between both groups. A few persons intervened, pacified them and got the matter resolved.

However, the youth who was stopped from smoking called a few of his friends. When the two brothers came out of the cinema hall, the man who asked not to smoke along with a few of his armed accomplices attacked them. Both youths sustained injuries on head and other parts of the body. The entire drama continued for around 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, a police team led by Jagraon bus stand police post in charge Baldev Singh reached the spot. A few attackers fled away while others were arrested.

Both brothers were admitted to the local civil hospital. Another injured youth identified as Gurtej Singh of Kothe Sher Jang village was also admitted to the civil hospital. He was asked to go home after first aid.

Baldev Singh said a case had been registered against Gurtej Singh, Kuldeep Singh and Daljeet Singh, all residents of Kothe Sher Jang village, and a few unidentified persons under Sections 323, 324, 148 and 149 of the IPC on the statement of Anmolpreet Singh of Galib Kalan village.

“The three youths-Gurtej Singh, Kuldeep Singh and Daljeet Singh-have been arrested. Efforts are on to identify and arrest the other youths involved in the attack,” he added.



Want to open IVF clinic, shell out more 
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 1
There is a bad news for those planning to open new ultrasound centres, IVF clinics and those having facilities of genetic clinic, genetic lab, genetic centre, MRI and CT scan as the state health department has hiked the registration charges by about eight times.

This step has been taken due to the recent amendments in the State PNDT ACT (Pre-Natal Diagnostic Act) on the instructions of Government of India. Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Subhash Batta, said: “Registration charges for opening a new ultrasound centre will be Rs 25, 000 for five years. It was Rs 3,000 for five years earlier. And if test centres like genetic clinic, genetic lab, genetic centre, MRI and CT scan are to be stated along with ultrasound centre, then the registration charges will be Rs 35,000. It was Rs 4, 000 earlier. Charges for an IVF clinic have been increased to Rs 35, 000 from Rs 5,000 for the past five years.

Not only for opening new centres, but one will have to shell out half the amount of registration charges for getting old licence renewed, he added.



Ganda Nullah: Tardy pace of work upsets residents
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 1
People residing in adjoining localities are fed up with the tardy pace of Ganda Nullah-covering project. They suspect that the incomplete nullah might overflow whenever it rains and the entire area might be flooded in knee deep drain water, which could bring miseries for them.

The municipal corporation has decided to cover the Ganda Nullah starting from Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib to Shagun Palace. The work on this project was once again started in February, 2011, at a cost of Rs 22 crore. This project was to be completed by 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.

Even during the recently held municipal corporation elections, residents of ward numbers 39 and 40 had made mockery of the municipal corporation and the area councillor by pasting sarcastic posters in different areas as the work of covering the Ganda Nullah is going on at a snail’s pace.

Councillor from ward number 39, Sanjeev Talwar, who is from the Congress, had earlier claimed that this situation had 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 so that the residents don’t suffer from any problem whenever it rains.

Even the two bridges, which were constructed near Shagun Palace to join Ram Nagar and Dharampura, were 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. The bridges connecting Ram Nagar and Dharampura along with sidewalls were demolished eight months ago. In 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 on several occasions, but they are not paying any heed to the project.

Last month, former Health Minister, Satpal Gosain, who is from the BJP, had even addressed a press conference on the construction site where he pulled up MC officials as well as the contractor for using raw material of poor quality and for the delay in completion of the project. Gosain had even alleged that the poor quality material was used by the contractor while the MC officials failed to check it.

Even Senior Deputy Mayor and BJP district president Parveen Bansal had raised questions over the design of this project. But Municipal Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi had claimed that the design was prepared by a team of experts from IIT Roorkee.

An area resident rued, “For so many years, we are living in hell. When this covering project was initiated, we were hopeful of getting rid of all problems, but all hopes have been dashed to ground. Now if it rains, the drain water will enter our houses,” said the resident.



Fake cheque case: Main accused evading arrest
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 1
Though the city police is patting its back after arresting five persons, who were involved creating a fake cheque for Rs 5.95 crore and withdrawing nearly Rs 80 lakh from the account, Harbhajan Singh Sandhu, owner of Royal Industries and the main accused in the case, is still evading arrest.

It was Harbhajan Singh, who handed over the cheque to Kunal Tanuja of Ramson Tyres for encashing it.

According to officials, Harbhajan Singh Sandhu entered into a deal with Kunal Tanuja a few months ago for purchasing a piece of land.

Harbhajan was to pay Rs 2 crore to Kunal, but he kept on delaying the payment on the pretext that he loan was yet to be sanctioned.

On June 16, Harbhajan called Kunal and stated that Sri Ram Finance had sanctioned loan to him. Sandhu further handed over a cheque for Rs 5.95 crore to Kunal. He told Kunal to keep his share of Rs 2 crore with him and deposit the rest of the amount in his (Sandhu’s) bank account.

The bank officials and Tanuja smelled a rat after money was transferred in Sandhu’s account. The officials established contact with Sri Ram Finance and were shocked to know that the company had never issued such a cheque.

The money transaction in Sandhu’s account was stopped. However, Sandhu managed to withdraw Rs 79 lakh from the account.

Two days after the incident, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP-I) MS Dhesi announced that the case had been cracked with the arrest of Amit Kumar, Ranjit Singh, Balwinder Pal, Harish Kumar and Ranjit Singh. The police also stated that Rs 49 lakh was recovered from the accused.

But Harbhajan’s name did not figure in the list. The city police narrated the entire story to Delhi-based touts Rajiv and Deepak. They got in touch with Ranjit, a resident of Amritsar and notorious in committing economic crimes. Ranjit is wanted by the Jalandhar police after he tried to commit Rs 30-crore fraud by submitting a fake cheque.

The police said Ranjit further roped in Amit, who knew Sandhu’s accountant Harish Kumar. Each one of them had their commission fixed. For example, Rajiv and Deepak were to get 30 per cent from the transaction, while Ranjit was to receive Rs 10 lakh.

Harbhajn, a known fabric manufacturer, enjoys a lavish living and owns a house in BRS Nagar.

Unanswered questions

n How the police came to know that such a huge chain had been formed for committing the fraud, without nabbing Harbhajan Singh Sandhu.

n How an industrialist managed to evade arrest for over a fortnight.

n Is it due to the political pressure that Harbhajan Singh has managed to evade arrest?

n How and where the accused were able to prepare a fake cheque that was considered by the banks and money was transferred?

n How such an industrialist (Harbhajan) was beguiled by the gang members or was he an active member of the gang?

n Was any bank official involved?

n Was Harbhajan involved in other economic offence? 



Scorching heat takes toll on day-to-day functioning

These days due to scorching heat, one hardly heaves a sigh of relief. But one can imagine the fate of all those 35 employees who were attending a meeting in a big office under the wings of one old fashioned fan. As the meeting was over, I called up one of the officers of the department. But listening to his dim voice, I was surprised and asked him, "Sir, I think you are not in pink of health!" The officer replied, "Madam, gharon te change bhala aaya si, par ik pakkha te 35 bandeyan vich baiith ke, meri himmat jawab de gai hai. Due to power cut AC was not working, only one ceiling fan was moving and that too on the inverter. So, please talk to me after some time."

Sugar candy

There are very few things that defy time. Although sugar candy of yore may be getting less popular with kids, but Krishan, a vendor near Rakh Bagh has been carrying on the tradition-and manages to sell most of his sugar candy packets. There are very few things that the new generation enjoys, as our generation used to. We would chase when street vendor would come and sell sugar candies. It is great to see the simple sugar being sold here. "We, as children were also as fond of our Mai da jhata", an elderly man taking a walk said.

Servant Power

One of my friends has recently kept a new servant, who looked very "sober" to the friend and she thanked god for sending "good soul" in such severe weather condition. Being a working woman, she has to attend to her office till late evening, during this time, her son remained alone at home. And she was satisfied that the new servant will take care of her son, who was in class II. About three days ago, the servant said that he had to go to meet an uncle; my friend permitted him but told him that he could not go everyday, as her son was alone at home. Again, the servant asked for a two-hour leave yesterday, and my friend denied. The servant said, "Ok, I will not go but you have to buy me a new mobile phone so that I pass my time talking with friends and relatives. And I do not want any ordinary phone, buy me a Samsung Galaxy, which looks attractive". Poor friend kept on staring at him!

Mistaken identity

As I do not belong to this city, I have taken a room on rent on the Pakhowal Road. The breakfast, lunch and dinner are generally taken at dhabas or restaurants as for journos, there are not fixed working hours. Today, while I was taking breakfast at a dhaba in Kochar Market, I received a call from my "boss" who had to ask something about a story. Inside the dhaba, there was so much nuisance and noise, I preferred to go out to get the call and my breakfast, too, was almost finished. While I hurriedly came out to take the call, two attendants at the dhaba came running behind me. While I was talking on phone, the attendants screamed, "Where are you going? You have not paid the bill." After disconnecting the phone, while I was trying to tell them that I came out just to attend the call, another visitor at the dhaba said, "He seems to be a sober man, but look at his guts, he was leaving without paying the bill." And I had to cut a sorry figure!

Contributed by

Anupam Bhagria, Gurvinder Singh, Shivani Bhakoo and Charanjit Singh Teja



Nagar council elections postponed at Machhiwara
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Machhiwara July 1
The election for the president of Nagar Council, Machhiwara, was again postponed as the situation became tense and returning officer SDM Khanna PS Sodhi postponed the election due to law and order.

As the meeting started at about 11 am Daljit Singh Gill candidate for the president alleged that he was not informed earlier about the meeting and also questioned the meeting on Sunday. He claimed the support of 5 MCs. On the other hand, another presidential candidate Rupinder Singh Benipal also claimed the support of required number of MCs including 5 of Congress.

It is worthwhile to say that out of 13 MCs in this Nagar Council 7 are of Akali Dal while one of BJP whereas 5 belong to Congress. The situation is becoming unclear, as there are two candidates for the post of president of Akali Dal. When SDM Khanna was contacted in this regard he said that the meeting was postponed as the members stood against each other and a group even tuned table in the meeting room and he deferred the meeting till next orders.



Jugiana village sans basic amenities
Once known as Garden Colony, now filled with sewer
Lovleen Bains

Sahnewal, July 1
Residents of Jugiana village, presently ward number 75, seem to have bestowed their last hopes on the newly elected councilor of their ward for the purpose of providing assured sanitation facilities to them.

Once popular as Garden Colony, Jugiana is now filled with sewer to the brim. The only village pond, located in the very heart of the village has out-lived its capacity to absorb the wastewater anymore. What is most disturbing for the villagers is that the over brimming pond has no outlet anywhere but for a factory that has been presently mortgaged to a bank.

“If today, the factory owners get the factory back from the bank or sell it to somebody else, the whole village would be drowned in an hour,” rued villagers.

“The sewer water, coming out of the houses in routine, remain jammed in the small nullah which get over brimmed in no time and the streets turn into pools of filthy garbage water. Even a small shower is enough to provide an easy passage of this waste into the houses of the villagers, thus giving a still tougher time to these villagers. We are fed up by narrating the same story of woes and bad sanitation every time. How many times have we informed the councillors elected by us from time to time to visit the village once and experience the hell through which we are passing now for the past number of years but nobody turned up ever.”

“A little downpour and the villagers are busy throwing water that enters their houses, with buckets. As the monsoon season is approaching, our problems are going to multiply manifold. First there would be rains, and then water accumulation followed by breeding of mosquitoes and flies. In the end, almost half of the village shall be seen admitted in civil or private hospitals while rest of them caught up with quack or the other. Every year, how many people fall victims to dengue fever and how many others suffer from malaria, gastroenteritis, diarrohea, jaundice etc due to the unhygienic conditions of the village, is difficult to ascertain,” he added.

“To make matters worse, there is not even a drop of clean and safe drinking water in the village. About three years ago, a pump was brought to the village by the authorities but was taken back after three days without taking pains to pump even a drop of water. The situation presently is that villagers have no drinking water at their places. The migrant majority and the poor section are drinking dirty water and are falling a prey to all types of diseases. The sanitary officials have failed to do their job. Days pass but nobody bothers to clean the over brimming sewer drains.”

“We have heard that the sewerage system for this ward has been approved. We shall make a joint request to the newly elected councilor to speed up the process otherwise we shall be ruined all together. Tall claims of ensuring basic amenities, health and sanitation facilities have hitherto fallen flat. Nobody can enter the village without covering his nose due to strong pungent smell emitted from sewer. The earlier councillor used to put everything on the mayor who he alleged had deployed the entire work force in his ward by making the work suffer badly in ward number-75. We do not know what keeps on going with these people but we know that such rifts make the public suffer to the maximum.”

Sarabjit Singh Garcha, the newly elected councillor when contacted said: “I have a definite plan in my mind. I know this village has been hitherto ignored but I have thought that rather than depending upon the sanitary staff for cleanliness, I shall in turn ask two or three responsible villagers to keep me informed regularly. The problem of tubewell installation shall be solved at the earliest as I have already intimated and directed the XEN’s and SDO’s for the same. The work of sewerage installation is meeting with difficulties, as it is not being through from the Shimlapuri side. It can take time but I shall be making all possible efforts to clear all hurdles within a short period of time.”



Scholarship for meritorious students
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 1
The Central Board of Education has decided to facilitate the students who got the top ranks in class XII examinations conducted by the academic session ending April 2012. According to a circular of the CBSE, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India would provide the scholarship to students for further study.

The CBSE is seeking applications from students for these scholarships. According to CBSE officials, the Department of Science and Technology awards scholarships for higher education under Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) to the students who are within the top 1 percent at class XII examination.

The board has set the eligibility for theses scholarships within cut-off score, 471 marks excluding class 6th additional subjects. According to the board authorities, eligible candidates have to collect the letters along with advisory note to the candidate for eligibility in scholarship for higher education componentunderINSPIRE scheme from school, where they studied class XII.

Government of India would provide Rs 80,000 per year for five years in the form of scholarships to the students.

Performance in top one per cent in class XII Board examination and enrollment into basic and natural science courses at BSc, Integrated MSc or MS levels automatically qualify for scholarship for higher education.

"Students from the city have also got a chance as they meet the eligibilities," says Harpreet a teacher at a local school.



A day at Civil Hospital
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

A view of the Civil Hospital in Ludhiana.
A view of the Civil Hospital in Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, July 1
Entrance to the main ward of the Civil Hospital is a walk through unclean floor. There is a section that stinks, though a change for the better has been observed after installation of new multi-coloured dustbins in the Civil Hospital, as now medical waste cannot be seen dumped in the open.

A washroom near the microscopy centre is in a bad shape. It stinks, making it difficult for patients to use it. A long queue of patients is seen in front of the X-ray and ultrasound units. Some patients are lying on the ground. According to the hospital authorities, more than 40 X-rays are done every day and one X-ray takes 15 minutes.

Seema, a housewife from Jamalpur, who has a skull fracture, is lying in front of the X-ray unit. Seema’s husband Manoj says his wife had to wait for an hour for her X-ray and due to the acute pain she was lying on the floor.

“We have three X-ray machines and all are functioning. Our rates of X-ray and ultrasound are reasonable, so a large number of people visit us for the same,” says Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Subhash Batta. Though he admitted that work pressure and staff shortage had led to long queues of patients. “Within the constraint of the available government staff, we are doing our best,” he adds.

Docs on ‘round’!

Santosh, a carpenter from Sherpur, seems upset while sitting on a bench outside the OPD for orthopaedics. His younger brother has suffered serious injuries on head and neck while working in an industry. Santosh has been taking leaves for two consecutive days from his factory for the treatment of his brother. Yet, he failed to meet the doctor. Yesterday, the doctor was busy in the operation theatre and today the doctor was on “round”, as told to him by an attendant present at the OPD.

Another visitor, Bhani Devi, said she had been waiting for a doctor for one hour outside the skin OPD. It was a miserable Saturday for the patients having skin-related infections, as no one was present at the skin OPD. Vacant chairs are enough to communicate to the patient that doctors are absent and they have to come again to consult them.

Dr Batta said there was only a single sanctioned post of the skin specialist in the district. But luckily, the Civil Hospital has three skin specialists. “However, in case the doctor is on leave, we have no other option,” he added.

Breeding ground for mosquitoes

The health department is issuing advisories and guidelines to residents of the city, advising them to take adequate precautions to prevent dengue. But stagnant water can be seen outside the labour ward of the hospital, which has been acting as the breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Overcharging at parking lot

Harassment of the public starts from the entrance, as parking contractor charges five times more than the recommended rate list. The rate written on the board is Rs 2 for two-wheelers, but the contractor is charging Rs 10. Patients and their caretakers express surprise that the government is charging Rs 1 for the OPD slip fee, but they are paying 10 times more for parking.

Whom to call in case of fire?

A few employees are aware of fire equipment installed in the hospital. Though fire extinguishers are installed in the building, no slip about refilling date is available on most of the extinguishers. A list of fire officials with their telephone number is pasted on various walls of the hospital. Ironically, the telephone numbers are outdated. Even fire official Manjeet Sharma was transferred to Jalandhar long ago and the given telephone number is not in use.

No sitting arrangement outside mortuary

It is tough to wait for the body of loved ones outside a mortuary and the Civil Hospital authorities have failed to provide proper sitting arrangements outside the mortuary. People can be seen sitting in open for hours outside the mortuary as post-mortem takes long. Moreover, bodies come in large numbers here. According to hospital officials, an NGO “Samvedna” is going to construct a shed and install a cooler outside the mortuary.

Shortage of staff nurses

According to a staff nurse, the hospital authorities constructed several new wards, but the number of staff nurses is same as earlier. A staff nurse claimed that the ratio of staff and patient is 1:60. We have only 30 staff nurses for hundreds of patients.

However, the hospital authorities denied such low proportion of staff nurses and patient. Dr Batta said 30 new posts of staff nurses had been got sanctioned and there would be no shortage after their recruitment.

Absence of canteen

Patients and their caretakers have to pay more for low quality of food from outside, as the hospital has no canteen. It is a major complaint of caretakers of the patients that vendors are overcharging for tea and snacks. According to the hospital authorities, they are going to renew contract of the canteen soon.

Haven for outsiders

Can’t say for patients, but the Civil Hospital is a haven for people residing near the hospital, as the residents park their vehicles in the open ground of the hospital. Vends running near the hospital also take water from the hospital.

(1) Outsiders take water from hospital premises for their usage. (2) Stagnant water outside the labour ward. (3) A patient lies on the floor while waiting for her turn for X-ray. (4) People sit on ground in front of the mortuary as it lacks sitting arrangement. (5) Non-functional telephone numbers of transferred fire officials printed on a wall of the hospital.
(1) Outsiders take water from hospital premises for their usage. (2) Stagnant water outside the labour ward. (3) A patient lies on the floor while waiting for her turn for X-ray. (4) People sit on ground in front of the mortuary as it lacks sitting arrangement. (5) Non-functional telephone numbers of transferred fire officials printed on a wall of the hospital.



Contractual teachers demand equal pay
Claim that permanent teachers get five times more for doing same work
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 1
More than 7,500 teachers in the state feel slighted as they are drawing minimal salaries as compared to permanent teachers working on equivalent posts. These teachers, working on a contractual basis, and appointed through an advertisement given by the Punjab government in 2009, are being paid five times less than the regular teachers working in the education department. The teachers claim that the government is paying them less for the same work.

"Such a huge difference of pay has put a question mark on the policies of the state government," says Rajiv Sharma, from 7654 Sanja teacher front.

These 7654 teachers are facing a tough time from the day of recruitment.The process was delayed for two years and the teachers received appointment letters on May 11. But government fails to pay them according to the pay commission recommendations.

"Our teachers are being paid less than any other teacher working in the education department. Various unions are protesting against the contract-based recruitment being done by the Akali-BJP government. Contract-based recruitment has led to the formation of various teachers unions. Teachers do not feel secure while working on contract and they have to waste their time for the union works instead of teaching," said Rajiv Sharma.

Sandeep, another teacher from the 7654 teacher union, said, "It is total injustice with teachers working on a contractual basis. The government is not paying us the basic pay, whereas teachers working on equivalent posts are receiving five time more salaries than us. Earlier, the Punjab Chief Minister promised to address our demands, but after the elections he seems to have forgotten."



Parents allege goof up by hospital
Kin stage dharna after newborn’s condition worsens
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 1
Parents and relatives of the newborn premature girl child staged a dharna outside a private nursing home in division no 3 area after her condition worsened today.

Rajiv and Sonia, both parents of the girl child, alleged that they visited the nursing home for a routine check-up two days ago, but authorities conducted a caesarean section on the pretext of emergency.

The mother alleged that she was eight months pregnant when she was operated for the Caesarean section.

The child’s condition worsened after her birth. Rajiv alleged that the nursing home authorities got panicky and referred the case to bigger hospital for treatment.

The girl was rushed to the CMC hospital where doctors declared her condition to be serious.

Rajiv said he does not have enough money to pay the medical expenses and demanded action against the nursing home authorities for playing with the life of mother and child.

However, the authorities of the nursing home refused to comment on the incident.

The police has recorded the statement and started investigation. Civil Surgeon Dr Subash Batta said he had not received any complaint so far. 



Jagraon to have fire station soon, says MLA
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, July 1
The long-pending demand of Jagraon residents regarding having a fire brigade station in the town is finally going to be fulfilled, it seems.

The objective of setting up a fire brigade station at Jagraon got a strong push when the local SAD MLA, SR Kaler, raised the issue in Punjab Assembly session.

Raising the issue in the Punjab Assembly, SR Kaler told the house that despite having 'A' grade municipal council, Jagraon still lacks a fire brigade station due to which local residents and businessmen continue to suffer heavy financial losses every year in fire incidents, specially during the summer season.

Insisting upon the dire need of setting up a fire brigade station in Jagraon, Kaler asked Local Bodies Minister Bhagat Chuni Lal about the issue, following which the later assured Kaler that the government will start the work of setting up fire brigade station in Jagraon within six months.

"The residents of Jagraon had been raising this demand since a long time, but unfortunately no step was taken by the respective governments in this direction. This was a genuine and long-pending demand and I have just done my duty by raising the issue in the Assembly," said SR Kaler while talking to The Tribune over the phone.

He further stated that he will continue to follow up the matter on a regular basis so that the fire brigade station is set up within the given time.

He also informed that it will be a joint fire brigade station of Dakha, Raikot and Jagraon sub-divisions, and the station would be set up in Jagraon.

"Whenever there was a fire incident in Jagraon area, the administration had to call the fire brigade from either Moga or Ludhiana which took about an hour to reach. We had been demanding from the government to set up a fire brigade station at Jagraon and now when our demand is getting fulfilled, we hope it will reduce the margin of loss people suffer in fire incidents," said Jagroop Singh, a local shopkeeper.



Text-designing trend on the rise
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 1
Enter some of the new spaces, including restaurants in the city, and you would be surrounded by words and letters of these alphabets, used not for conveying any intended message. Text and words are not only meant for reading, these are increasingly being used as design element, independent of their meaning, by designers in the city. The trend can be witnessed is some of the restaurants in the city, where words and letters just add to the ambience without any intended meaning or message.

With the changing times, and coming in of fresh contemporary design concepts, city based interior designers are introducing fresh and new trends in design in the city, says Paramjit, a designer.

Although text and alphabet have always been used for reading, but letters and words have their own beauty as forms independent of what they mean, he says. The appropriate font also has to be taken care of, as every font has a character and personality of its own, and subliminally appeals according to the sensibilities of the place and as well according to the likely target audience who would be coming to the place. However, care has to be taken that the design and text suit the need of the design, as the text without the need for it might look tacky. Care also has to be taken that it is not visually too overwhelming, he says.

Although text looks overawing when reading, but these words look beautiful on the walls as a design element, says Sandeep, a student.

Jayant Aggarwal, from an ice-cream parlour on the Malhar Road, says that he wants to organise the karaoke evenings in the parlour, and there had to be connection with words, so words were including in the interiors. At another restaurant, digits have been used simply as a design element that adds a variety to the design. According to a city-based interior designer, Vaneet Khanna, every project is unique and designers can go for text if the project demands it.



Choked sewerage: residents cry foul
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 1
There has been no rain for the past 10 days in the city but residents of Kucha Number 7 in Field Ganj have been facing water-logging problems like those during the rainy days. People have been living in pathetic condition due to the blockage of sewerage system. Whereas water accumulation on the roads makes life tough of residents, they are feeling threat of breakout water borne diseases.

According to the area councillor, sewers are not installed at uniform level, so after covering of Gandha Nullah, problem becomes more critical.

Pardeep Dang, a resident said, "We have lodged complaints with municipal officials several times, but they never pay attention. Now that Municipal Corporation is claiming that all preparations have been done for the monsoon. But residents are already dreading about how they would tackle the monsoon.”

"Water is accumulated on the roads due to improper flow of the sewerage. Safai sewaks are also helpless, as now they do not visit the area. We have filed several complaints. Last time, the MC ensured us that the problem would be resolved by July 3, but none of the officials have visited the site till date," said another resident Saurav Ahuja.

Rakesh Parasher, councillor of the ward said, "The problem started when the project of covering Ganda Nullah began. I have written to the commissioner about the problem and he promised us that problem would be resolved.

"It is very sure that if Munidipal Corporation does not takes care of the problem, then life of the people residing here would be destroyed. If anything happens during rainy session, the corporation officials would be responsible," said the councillor.



We serve the needy, say a few
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 1
In the rat race of earning more and gaining popularity, a majority of people prefer to live in urban areas by leaving behind their villages miles away. But here is a city-based eye surgeon, Dr Rajinder Singh, who dedicated his life to serve needy people of the rural areas, not as a part of his profession, but as charity.

It was about seven years ago when eye surgeon, Dr Rajinder Singh, came up with “Sahayta”, an NGO, aimed for serving children and elderly people of the rural areas.

Dr Rajinder Singh said, “We have been catering to the education of 72 kids of the Red Cross Sahayta School since four years.”

He further said his NGO had also been partially funding 25 children of SG Baal Ghar, Talwandi Khurd, and children of Prabh Aasra Apahij Ashram, Kurali.

The NGO also caters to students of Baba Gobind Public School, Satthiala, and helping more than 10 children in higher education, who are financially poor.

He said, “Sahayta has been running three dispensaries in three villages, including Sareen, Kishangarh Chhanna and Tallewal. Every year, teams of doctors and paramedical staff come from Canada, USA and England, visit these villages and conduct free eye surgeries. We have adopted Tallewal village for health and have vaccinated villagers against Hepatitis-B and as many as 239 girls against cervical cancer.”

But what inspired him to do all this? He said, “I started my career as an eye surgeon from Jodhan village in late 70’s. Since childhood, I observed that residents of villages lack health facilities and awareness. So, I decided at that time that I will serve them. But in 1982 when terrorism was on its peak, I had to shift out to Ludhiana city. So, my dream to serve villagers remained unfulfilled. To fulfill it, it was seven years that I founded the NGO.”

Setting another example is Dr Jaspreet Kaur, who got the state award for conducting maximum cesarean sections under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in emergency at the Community Health Centre, Sahnewal. She said, “Rural hospitals are the best platform for beginners. Free deliveries under the NRHM gave me training and exposure as a gynaecologist.”

Mother of two children, she is presently working as the medical official at the PAU Hospital.



Nutrition camp marks day

Ludhiana, July 1
IMA, Ludhiana, celebrated Doctor's Day at the IMA House with a yoga and nutrition camp here today.

Dr Narjit Kaur, secretary, IMA, Ludhiana, said that the theme of the camp was that everybody in today's world is overworked and overstressed, and one must take time to fulfil body's health and nutrition needs. Doctors who look after the health needs of the society themselves should be fit and energetic. For keeping oneself physically fit yoga is the best way.

A team from Patanjali Yog taught the doctors various 'assans' and told the benefits of each and every assans. Dr DP Singh Arora, president, IMA, Ludhiana, said that doctors are not following healthy and balanced diet routine themselves. Most of them skip their breakfast, which is not at all acceptable for good health. Small meals at frequent intervals, less fast foods, plenty of water, minimum use of tea/coffee/cold drinks is all what is required. — TNS



from colleges

Student of GNN College, Doraha, Kuldeep Kaur stood first in the college by securing 71.38 per cent marks in BCA-I, while Navpreet Kaur and Sukhpreet Kaur stood second and third securing 67.25 per cent and 66.88 per cent marks respectively. In BCA-II, Manpreet Kaur has topped the class by getting 78 per cent marks while Mandeep Kaur and Amrit Kaur have secured 71.56 percent and 70.44 percent marks respectively. In BCA-III,Taranjeet kaur secured 75.75 per cent marks securing first position while Sumandeep Kaur and Amanjot Kaur secured second and third places scoring 73 per cent and 71.5 per cent marks respectively. In BCom-I, Jasminder Singh stood first in the class with 75.27 percent marks. Ramandeep Kaur and Deepak Dhingra attained second and third positions getting 74.73 per cent and 74.36 per cent marks respectively. In BCom-II, Sandeep Kaur got first place with 78.70 per cent marks. Sukhraj Singh Deol and Satish Kumar stood second and third with 77.91 per cent and 73.39 per cent marks respectively. In BCom-III, Sukhjinder Singh and Monica were first and second with 80.67 per cent and 77.11 per cent marks respectively. Manpreet Singh Dhaliwal got third position getting 76 per cent marks. In BBA-II, Harmandeep Kaur got 71.66 per cent, Barinder Singh 70.7 per cent and Chandanpreet Kaur 67.17 per cent marks. In BBA-III,Gurpreet Kaur got 71.67 per cent, Kamalpreet Kaur Pangali 71.67 per cent and Simranjeet Singh got 68.70 per cent marks. In BA-III, Sham Kaur has achieved 76.17 per cent marks while Devinder Kaur and Manpreet Kaur have secured 74.83 per cent and 74.63 per cent marks respectively.


A farewell party was organised at the RIMT College of Education, Mandi Gobindgarh. Students of the college presented cultural items during the event. They extended their gratitude to lecturers and principals for their guidance and motivation.

Job fair

The Gulzar Group of Institutes, Khanna, organised "Mega Job Fair-2012", a campus placement fair, at its premises. The fair was held to provide placement opportunities to MBA, diploma holders and graduate engineers of North India. The placement fair focused primarily on job and placement opportunities in leading companies. More than 3000 students took part in the event. Representatives from leading companies conducted various tests, personal interview and shortlisted candidates for the various positions. —TNS



Ludhiana scan
Closing ceremony

Ludhiana: A closing ceremony of a Personality Development Workshop of Kids Gurmat Akhara-2012 was organised by Gursagar Online Academy at Gurdwara Singh Sabha, BRS Nagar here on Sunday. Confidence building, spoken English, living healthy life, Sikh heritage, sikh ethics, stress management were taught in the workshop in addition to dastar training, gatka martial art, vocal and instrumental music, dramatics and quiz.


A meeting of Senior Citizen Conclave was held in which Mewa Singh Gujjarwal president Flower Dale Park Society chaired a meeting and shared his views about fitness with elderly people. It was demanded that the Punjab government should set up a special clinic and old age homes for the elders in Ludhiana at district level. Ludhiana MP Manish Tewari alleged that the state government had failed to constitute the urban review and monitoring committees for the implementation and monitoring of various projects under Jawahar Lal National Urban Renewal Mission sponsored by the union urban development ministry.

Identity cards distributed

Phillaur: Photo identity cards were distributed to delegates of Punjab Youth Congress, said party president Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary while addressing party workers in Phillaur here on Sunday. He said that 4,000 identity cards were given to party members during the function.

Environmentalist honoured

Environmentalist Dr Rajwant Singh was honoured by Youth Akali Dal here on Sunda. Dr Rajwant Singh is president of Eco-Sikh, an international organisation working for the environment. He suggested the people should emphasise on taking organic foods and work for the environment.

—Tribune Reporters



One booked for defrauding NRI
Ashok Kaura

Phillaur, July 1
An alleged case of marriage of convenience and using fraudulent means, including producing a fake matriculation certificate to acquire passport from the regional passport office, Jalandhar, to enter Canada and getting permanent residency in North-East Calgary, has been reported to the Phillaur police. A Canada-based NRI, Jasvir Kaur, lodged a complaint with the police on May 29 on her visit to Punjab.

Jasvir Kaur Saran Dhillon is basically from Dalle village in Jagraon and presently a citizen of North-East Calgary. She has alleged that her husband, Gurpreet Singh Dhillon, a resident of Dalewal village near Goraya, had used a fake matriculation certificate to get his passport to enter Canada. Jasvir, who was a divorcee earlier, said she remarried Gurpreet Singh Dhillon on November 19, 2008, and Gurpreet came to Canada on August 4, 2009.

She alleged that her husband used to harass her, demand money from her and finally left the house in February, 2010.

She claimed that she had registered a complaint against him with the department of citizenship and immigration, Canada, through a Member Parliament from North-East Calgary, Devinder Shory. Jasvir further said she had filed a complaint with the Phillaur DSP office also on May 29.

In her complaint she alleged that, “The actual date of birth of Gurpreet is April 12, 1983, as per the primary school records of Dalewal village, whereas he used fake date of birth of February 28, 1981, and false matriculation certificate to get his passport to enter Canada.”

When contacted, Phillaur DSP Paramjit Singh Pannu said the police had contacted officials of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) and got details of the alleged fake matriculation certificate and detailed investigation report had been sent to the higher authorities.

It was also learnt that the Goraya police has sought permission from the higher authorities to register a case under Sections 420, 465, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC against the alleged accused, Gurpreet Singh.

DSP Pannu said all those found guilty would be booked according to the law.



Proclaimed offender arrested 
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, July 1
The Proclaimed Offender Wing of Jagraon police has managed to arrest a proclaimed offender who was wanted for manufacturing and selling illegal liquor. The accused has been identified as Charanjit Singh alias Channi of Kul Gehna village near Sidhwan Bet.

As per the information given by PO Wing incharge officer Jaspal Chopra, the police had received a secret information that Charanjit Singh had been seen near Bhundri village near Sidhwan Bet. Acting on th etip-off, a police party conducted a raid in Bhundri and arrested the accused when he was walking on the outskirts of Bhundri village.

According to Jaspal Chopra, Charanjit Singh was absconding for the last three years. The case was registered against him in 2009 and he had managed to escape from the police at that time. Later, he was declared a proclaimed offender by a local court, said Chopra.

The accused was produced before a local court later by the police which sent him to two days police remand.



Ludhiana restrict Patiala at 250 runs
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, July 1
Host Ludhiana seized initiative as their bowlers succeeded in restricting Patiala to 250 runs with just two wickets in hand in the first innings on the second day of the four-day match of the Punjab State Inter District Cricket Tournament (U-22). The tournament is being organised by the Punjab Cricket Association at the Punjab Agricultural University campus ground here.

Yesterday, Ludhiana scored 323 runs in their first essay in which Akhil Aggarwal and Himanshu excelled with the bat, contributing 127 and 71 runs, respectively.

Ludhiana bowlers, Anil Siag and Sukhjinder Singh were in their true elements, as they gave no liberty to the visitors who survived many anxious moments.

At one stage, Patiala was struggling with 150 runs on the board, losing five wickets. Then, Amrinder Singh and Mohit Mahindra rose to the occasion to rescue their side from sudden collapse.

In their rescue act, Ludhiana fielders, too, contributed as they dropped as many as four catches that allowed the duo of Amrinder and Mohit to add 90 runs for the sixth wicket.

Finally, Amrinder was out for 64 while Mohit chipped in 39 runs. For Ludhiana, Anil Siag accounted for four wickets and Sukhjinder captured three wickets.

Brief Scores: Ludhiana (first innings)-323 all out in 93 overs (Akhil Aggarwal 127, Himanshu 71, Devinder Sidhu 48 not out and Nikhil Chowdhary 18; Amrinder Singh 5 for 75, Sukhwinder Singh 2 for 80 and Beant Singh 1 for 35).

Patiala (first innings)-250 for 8 in 95 overs (Amrinder Singh 64, Prabhjot 31, Mohit Mahindra 39, Vikrant 21, Jivanjot 20, Robin 17 and Babish 35 not out; Sukhjinder Singh 3 for 59, Anil Siag 4 for 68 and Ashish 1 for 33).



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