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Gill Canal flyover inaugurated
 Will ease traffic congestion on busy Gill Road, save time of commuters going towards Doraha
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 4
After a delay of more than a month, the flyover near the Sidhwan Canal bridge on Gill Road was finally inaugurated by PWD Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon today. The flyover, which is part of the Sidhwan Canal expressway project, will give respite to residents commuting on the expressway as well as Gill Road.

On March 31, Dhillon had announced that the flyover would be opened for vehicular traffic by May 30, but it got delayed. The PWD officials claimed that the delay was due to imposition of the model code of conduct for municipal corporation elections.

The Sidhwan Canal expressway project is already running behind schedule and the PWD Minister had announced that the project would be complete by October this year.

During the construction of the flyover, the traffic had to be diverted towards the Arora Cinema side, leading to traffic jam on Gill Road.

"Now that the flyover is open to traffic, it will reduce traffic congestion on Gill Road. Besides, those who want to go towards Doraha will just zip through the bridge without even disturbing traffic on Gill Road," said Sharanjit Singh Dhillon.

Giaspura maintains low profile
Sharanjit Singh Dhillon and MLAs Simarjit Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bains hogged limelight during the inauguration of the flyover. Interestingly, Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura was seen "less interested" during the function and preferred to stay alone most of the time. During the function, Dhillon and Bains brothers were sitting in the front row, Giaspura preferred to stand in the crowd. During the recent Vidhan Sabha elections, Balwinder Singh Bains had defeated Giaspura from the Ludhiana (South) constituency. Bains has contested as an Independent but later joined the Akali Dal.

Project details
The foundation stone of the Sidhwan Canal expressway project was laid in 2009. The Rs 318 crore project has a 26.9 km four-lane road with carriageway on each side from Doraha to Ludhiana-Ferozepur Road and a bypass for traffic going to Ferozepur. This project has a total of nine bridges, which include five canal bridges, two railway overbridges and two flyovers.

Water wastage goes unchecked
Even as the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has been penalising residents for wastage of water, several gallons of water was wasted during the inauguration ceremony of the flyover. A tanker was seen spraying water on the flyover before of the inauguration function. 


City resident killed in Bangkok road mishap
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 4
The summer vacation to Bangkok turned tragic for a city-based couple as the husband died and his wife is still struggling for life at a hospital there. The deceased, 38-year-old Amit Jain, a resident of Sham Singh road near Mall Road was among the 10 persons who were killed in the tragic accident, while his wife 34-year-old Ashima Jain was among 17 persons who were left seriously injured.

The accident took place when a Koh Phangan tour bus skidded off the Surat Thani-Nakhon Si Thammarat highway and rammed into a large power post in Takhian Thong of Kanchanadit district early on Tuesday morning.

The couple had left for Bangkok on Sunday, July 1, leaving their two children 11-year-old Disha and six-year-old Kabir with their relatives in the Shivpuri area of Ludhiana.

The family was informed about the tragedy last evening and relatives started visiting the house of Amit's sister Ekta on Gurdial Singh road.

The ill-fated bus left Bangkok for for Koh Phangan Island off Surat Thani at 7.30 pm on Monday with 24 passengers and three crew members on board.

As the bus reached a village in Takhian Thong around 5.30 am, it suddenly careered off the road into a pit on the left in front of a petrol station and then rammed into a large power post. The broken post fell on the bus.

Amit Jain was among the three persons who were killed on the spot. A relative of one of the victims said Amit who was sitting on the backseat of the bus and switched his seat with another passenger and sat in the front row, a few minutes before the fatal accident.

Amit owned a export house and was also among the leading box manufactures of the city. 



Traffic violators to pay more
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 4
City resident will have to shell out more for violating traffic rules as the state government. A fresh notification in this regard has been issued and new rates have been fixed for the on-the-spot challan of vehicles. Police official of the rank of assistant sub-inspector (ASI) and above are authorised to challan the vehicle.



Army disqualifies aspirants with tattoos on body
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 4
A number of youngsters with tattoos on their body were disqualified during the Army recruitment rally at Guru Nanak Stadium as the Army Recruitment Rule disqualifies them on medical ground.

More than 2,000 aspirants out of around 8,000 who turned up at the recruitment rally for past three days were disqualified because they had tattoos on various parts of their body.

Lions, tigers and eagles were the most popular tattoos. The rejected aspirants admitted that they had tattoo on their body as they believed it gave them a 'macho' look.

"I play kabaddi in my village and every kabaddi player supports a tattoo. It is in fashion and leaves a strong impression. Prominent sportspersons, wrestlers and film stars have tattoos and I believe they look attractive," said Rajinder Kumar from Moga, who was shown the door by the Army recruitment staff even before he could compete in the 1,600m race.A majority of the aspirants were not even aware that tattoo on the body would led to their disqualification.

Amanpreet Singh of Ropar, who had a tattoo on his chest, said: "I was not aware of the rule. I got the tattoo done during my visit to Chandigarh recently."

Director (Recruitment) Col MS Mahar said: "We had received instructions from the headquarters that individuals with tattoos should not be recruited. Besides, tattooing is hazardous to health, the pictures on the body does not go with the ethos of the Indian Army."



Youngsters know little about Baba Maharaj Singh
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Rabbon Uchhi (Ludhiana), July 4
A quiet village on Payal-Malaud Road, Rabbon Ucchi is now on the historical map of Punjab. It's the village of Baba Maharaj Singh, who had taken on the British might even before the First War of Independence. July 4 is observed as the Martyrdom Day of Baba Maharaj Singh.

The youngsters of the village are aware that on the martyrdom day every year, a 'deewan' is held on the premises of the village gurdwara. But beyond this, they know no more.

"I have no idea that Baba Maharaj Singh was a freedom fighter," says Baljeet Singh, a Class X student.

Most of the youngsters have similar views. "Baba Maharaj Singh is a martyr. I do not know how and why he attained martyrdom," says Sukhchain Singh, a Class IX student. For the youth of the village, 'freedom struggle' doesn't ring a familiar bell. They have always known freedom and have known it so well that they have no idea what it means. "Freedom struggle?" asks a boy with a quizzical expression on his face. He's not used to being asked the question and the answer eludes him.

An octogenarian from the village observes Bhai Maharaj Singh's struggle for freedom was a saga of sacrifice and till his last breath, he remained determined on his path. "It is a pity that children don't know the stories of martyrs. These stories could have instilled the value of patriotism in youngsters," he adds.

Octogenarian Santokh Singh suggests that youngsters should read the eight-page booklet titled "Bhai Maharaj Singh", published by the Sikh Missionary College. "It's a biography of the freedom fighter who till the very end of his life was unswervingly devoted to his goal of fighting the might of the British. He died in incarceration at Singapore," he adds.



Rs 45,928 cr CMP for city submitted 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 4
RITES, a Government of India enterprise, has recently submitted a Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP)for Ludhiana of around Rs 45,928 crore in the next 20 years (till 2031).

Officials of the MC and the district administration are going through the detailed project report for fixing the priority of the projects proposed in the CMP.

The cost of the entire plan is estimated at Rs 45,928 crore, of which Rs 2,766 crore have been proposed for the first phase, to be completed by 2015. Besides, Rs 23,795 crore have been proposed for up to 2021 in phase II. The phase III will be completed between 2021 and 2026 with an expenditure of Rs 10,249 crore and the final phase IV will be completed in 2031.

The first phase will include projects like improvement of existing bus terminal, improvement of the existing freight terminal, parking, foot overbridges, intersection geometric improvements, medians, footpaths, road widening, new link roads and upgrade of regional and widening of roads, Metro, upgrade of rail tracks, railway overbridges, railway underbridges, park and ride facilities etc.

Metro is proposed to be introduced in phases II, III and IV costing around Rs 6,826 crore, Rs 7,940 crore and Rs 6,642 crores.

The current population of Ludhiana planning area was around 24 lakh. Large scale urbanisation and rapid growth of vehicles had put stress on the existing urban transport system in Ludhiana and the problems had become unmanageable.

An official said: "The Comprehensive Mobility Plan will enhance the connectivity as well as the pattern of future physical and economic growth. At the same time, the amount proposed by the company in next 20 years is about Rs 46,000 crore. If such plan is to be introduced, regular grants will be required from both the Central and the Punjab governments. Improvements can be done but the only problem is about the resources at the moment." 



direct paddy transplantation
Dept wakes up from slumber
 After about 1 month of the season, it starts campaign to promote method
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 4
It is not a hidden fact that most of the farmers in the state have decided as what methods to be adopted for paddy sowing in their respective fields. According to the law, the season of the paddy transplant kicks off from June 10. It is after about one month that the Punjab agricultural department suddenly woke up from its slumber to make the farmers of the state aware to bring more area under the direct paddy transplantation.

Officials of the agricultural department started a two-day state-level campaign to promote direct farming method over the paddy transplant sowing method. Punjab is facing the problem of groundwater depletion and direct sowing can help the state to save its water resources.

The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has told the agricultural department to bring at least 15,000 acres under the direct sowing of paddy on ad hoc basis. During this season, paddy has already been sown in the area of 6,000 acres. The Central government has offered an incentive of Rs 3,000 per acre to the farmers to sow the paddy with the direct method.

But the time to exhort farmers to adopt direct sowing method has passed for this paddy season.

According to Sukhraj Singh, a farmer, “This message should have been conveyed during the harvest season of wheat. It is too late to start the campaign when the season for the direct paddy sowing method would conclude in the second week of July.”

Now, the agricultural department can only hope that the message delivered during the campaign will remain fresh in the minds of the farmers to motivate them in the next paddy season.

However, some of the officials from the agricultural department claim that this method can implement for basmati crop, but according to the recommendations of the Punjab Agricultural University, the time of nursery sowing is recommended in the first fortnight of June. It means that the farmers have already planned for the basmati and sowed nursery for it.



Farmers keen on direct-sowing technique
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 4
Failing to receive adequate power supply for preparation of fields for transplantation of paddy, farmers of the area have shown inclination towards direct sowing of the crop under supervision of experts of the state agricultural department.

Appreciating enthusiasm shown by paddy growers, the department has announced to provide incentives in the form of fertilizers and insecticides to the paddy growers adopting the water-saving technique.

The farmers led by Gurinder Pal Singh of Sihar village approached the experts and staff posted at various offices for providing them necessary expertise so that they could sow the paddy crop without waiting for the rains to come.

Acknowledging the tendency, block agricultural official, Dr Varinder Jit Bhandari, said the farmers of villages falling under the Dehlon block had shown warm response to the direct sowing technique of paddy during a group demonstration organised at Sihar village today.

“When the farmers were told no extra equipment or investment is required for the direct sowing of paddy and seeds are to be sown with usual drill at the depth of 2-3 cm, they showed inclination to adopt the technique,” said Dr Bhandari.

The farmers appreciated that only 20-30 per cent of moisture in soil was required for direct sowing and no watering was needed before cultivation.

Dr Bhandari further said the department had announced to provide zinc sulphate fertilizer and required pesticides to the farmers adopting the 

Realising the need of conservation of water and power, a team of experts launched an awareness movement by organising meetings at various villages of the region. The farmers of Malaudh and Ramgarh Sardaran also showed keen interest in the technique.



Cancer cases on rise among youngsters

Ludhiana, July 4
There is an alarming rise in cancer cases among young generation in India. Dr JS Sekhon, head division of medical oncology, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, said, “In today’s fast growing environment, there is a major shift in people’s lifestyle, add to it the competitive nature, which results in stress. Overall the lifestyle of individuals has changed to such an extent that they depend more on unnatural habits of relieving stress.”

“Cancer is curable if detected early, but there is hardly any health conscious regime that our population follows,” he added.

The most dreaded cancers amongst women are breast cancer and cervical cancer. One of the reasons for the breast cancer as highlighted by Dr Sekhon is late marriages among females, lack of breast feeding, etc.

There has been a lot of technological innovation in cancer treatment globally, but is it available in India and if at all available it is for the upper class with high income, as cancer treatment is expensive.

Dr Sekhon said the government should take initiatives in terms of financial support for poor patients either through NGOs or any other source. — TNS



Generator non-functional since month at post office
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 4
Power cuts are not only creating havocs in the lives of people in general but they are also hampering work at the sub-post office in Model Town. The only generator at the post office lies defunct for about a month now, which is leading to inconvenience for residents, staff and postmen.

According to assistant sub-postmaster Vijay Kumar, a complaint has been sent to the head post office and the generator has been repaired, but it broke down again. According to residents, the generator has been lying defunct for about a month, but nothing has been done about it.

Rajinder, a resident of Model Town, said every time he came to send a parcel at the post office, he was told to wait due to the power cut. “I had to send urgent speed post articles abroad, but as there was no power, I had to go to another post office. It is strange that the post office can’t have power backup,” he said.

Not only the customers, but officials and postmen also seem unhappy. With the power cuts getting too frequent, work keeps on piling up, officials concede.

According to RL Meena, senior superintendent of post offices, City Division, said the generator was repaired, but went off only a couple of days later and the mechanic took Rs 4,000 for repair and is asking for a higher quotation for repairing it again. “We are looking for a good mechanic to get it repaired,” he said.



Another jail inmate dies
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 4
A 35-year-old inmate died under mysterious circumstances here today. He has been identified as Guramardeep Singh (35), a resident of Ram Das Nagar in Sarabha Nagar.

Gurmandeep was undergoing jail term in a theft case. He complained of stomach pain this evening following which he was rushed to a hospital, but was declared brought dead. Postmortem examination of the victim will be conducted tomorrow. It is the second death in the Central Jail in the past two days. Balwinder Singh, a convict in a murder case, died under mysterious circumstances yesterday.



Headmasters unhappy with govt
 Demand promotion to post of principal
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 4
Headmasters working in government schools of the state are unhappy with the government, as there is no response to their long pending demand.

The headmasters have been demanding to promote them as principals, as the government has already promoted master-cadre teachers as lecturers and lecturers as principals.

The headmasters are claiming that the government is showing callous attitude towards their demand. According to the service rules promotion criteria, 55 per cent lecturers should be promoted to the posts of principal, similarly 15 per cent vocational masters and 30 per cent headmasters should be promoted as principals.

Now, the Punjab government recently promoted lecturers and vocational masters as the principals, but 411 posts of principal reserved for the headmasters are still vacant.

Not only promotions, the headmasters are also struggling for hike in grade pay. The headmasters claimed that their community has never staged any protest or dharna and that is the reason the government is not serious about their demands.

Earlier, the grade pay of lecturers was less than headmasters, but the government gave a hike in their grade pay before the Assembly elections after the protests and dharnas. Now, the lecturers and principals are drawing same salaries. The headmasters are demanding more grade pay from the lecturers, as they take care of administrative and financial powers of a school. Sukhmanderpal Singh Brar from the Government School Headmasters Association said, “We never staged any protest or dharna for our demands, still the government never justified with us. Now, we are going to give a memorandum to Deputy Commissioners of all districts for our demands.”



secondary schools
Vacations extended till July 8
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 4
The government has extended summer vacations for secondary schools till July 8. The vacations for primary schools were extended a few days ago. The teachers have been asked to continue coming to schools.

The schools were opened from July 1. After the extension of vacations in primary schools, there was a demand among students, parents and teachers that holidays in secondary schools should also be extended on account of hot weather.

Students are elated at the decision. “I went to school for a couple of days. Due to extreme hot weather conditions, it was tough to spend time in the school,” said Varinder, a student of a private school. Cycling to and fro from the school in hot weather was very difficult. “I am feeling relieved that holidays have been declared till Sunday,” he said.

"Not only hot weather, but also frequent power cuts were adding to the problem in the school. It is good that holidays have been declared till next week. There is a hope that the weather will become less excruciating by that time," said Mandeep Singh, a student of class X.

Teachers are miffed that they had been told to come to schools. “I don't know why we have been told to come to schools when there will be no student," complains a teacher.

“It is confounding why the teachers of secondary schools have been told to come to schools in the absence of students,” said Sudarshan Singh, president of the Nakal Virodhi Adhiayapak Front.

"It feels iniquitous as the teachers of secondary schools will go to school, but the teachers of primary schools will not have to do so. There should be uniformity in orders," he said.

District education officer Paramjit Kaur said summer vacations in both the government and private school had been extended till July 8.



From Colleges
Students excel in PU exams

Govt College for Women

The students of Government College for Women have achieved good results in BSc-II annual examinations of Panjab University, Chandigarh. College principal Gurminder Kaur congratulated the students as well as the staff members of BSc department, Prof Varinderjeet Kaur, Prof Mohinder Kaur Grewal and Prof Kirpal Kaur for the results. Neha Singla stood first in college with 88.35 per cent, Taranpreet Kaur second with 85.71 per cent, and Arminder Kaur stood third with 85.64 per cent.

VK Thapar, chairman, Knitwear Club, addresses a press conference at MTSM College for Women.
VK Thapar, chairman, Knitwear Club, addresses a press conference at MTSM College for Women. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Guru Nanak Girls College

The declaration of B Sc (Hons)-III, biotechnology, result by Panjab University, Chandigarh, was a matter of pride for Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town. Lovedeep Kaur bagged first position in the college, securing 82.4 per cent marks. Gagandeep Kaur and Pawandeep Kaur secured 77.8 per cent and 76.6 per cent marks attaining second and third positions in the college. Principal Dr Charanjit Mahal congratulated the staff and students for their outstanding performance and wished them good luck in future as well.

Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women

Students of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujharkhan Campus, Model Town, have brought laurels to the college by their excellent performance in all the three classes of BBA, the results of which were declared by the Panjab University. Jaity stood ninth in the university and first in the college in BBA(I) while Shilpa stood second in the college. In BBA (II), Ichpuneet stood ninth in the university and first in the college. Papneet, stood second in the university in BBA (III), followed by Urvashi and Harshdeep who were second and third respectively in the college. Principal Kawaljit Kaur congratulated the students on their remarkable performance.

AS College

AS College students excel in Panjab University annual examination 2011-2012. Students of BA-I class of AS College, Khanna, have brought laurels to the Institution by showing excellent Results Ramandeep Kaur stood First in college and 
scored 77 percent Ramandeep Kaur stood Second in college scored 75.37
percent Preety stood Third in college and scored 74.5 percent

MTSM College

Students of Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women, Ludhiana, brought laurels to the college performing excellently in BA-I exams held in April, 2012, conducted by Panjab University, Chandigarh. 120 students got first division in the examination. Kajal Saluja stood first in the college with 74.75 per cent marks. Neha Gupta and Ramneek Kaur secured second position with 74.37 per cent and Manvinder Kaur got third position with 74.12 per cent marks. College principal Dr Parveen Kaur Chawla congratulated the students and faculty for the excellent results and wished them all the best for their future.

GHG Khalsa College

The students of BSc-I of GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar, have excelled in Panjab University annual examinations held in April-May 2012. Ramandeep Kaur stood first in the college by securing 89.42 per cent, while Amanjot Kaur and Palwinder Kaur stood second and third, securing 84.42 per cent and 80 per cent marks respectively. As many as 65 students passed the exam in first division. The overall pass percentage of the college is 95.

Government College for Women

The students of Government College for Women, Ludhiana, got good marks in BA-I annual examinations of Punjab University, Chandigarh. Principal of the college Gurminder Kaur congratulated students and all the teachers of the BA department. Shivangi Sood stood first with 83.62 per cent, Madhu Bala stood second by 82.25 per cent and Rupali Bhatia stood third with 81.50 per cent.


A delegation from the Republic of Angola visited the PCTE Group of Institutes. The team comprised Jesus Joaquim Baptista, general director, Ministry for Higher Education, Science and Technology, Jose' Antonio Dos Santos, First Secretary, Republic Of Angola, and three more dignitaries from the embassy of Angola. The delegation discussed about the PCTE Group of Institutes, various courses offered, facilities, scholarship programmes and the general academic environment at the PCTE. The purpose of the visit was to facilitate admission of the student at the institute.

Courses introduced

A press conference was held at Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women, Ludhiana, to launch skill-oriented Post Graduate Degree Course "Master in Fashion Designing & Management", Affiliated to Panjab University, Chandigarh. The course focuses to develop managerial skills in the field of fashion marketing and retailing, best suited to the requirements of the garment industry and fashion retail sector. MFDM provides students with hands-on learning experiences and opportunities that will help them become result-oriented professionals and experts in the fashion industry. Principal Dr Parveen Kaur Chawla and the College Managing Committee gave a warm welcome to the guests. VK Thapar, chairman, Knitwear Club, appreciated the efforts of the principal and the College Managing Committee for introducing such a course. The dignitaries also congratulated them and assured that these post graduates will be placed in reputed companies. — TNS



From Schools

Student felicitated

Rohan Goel, a student of KVM made it to AIIMS, securing all-India 21st rank in the competitive exam. KVM celebrated his success by honouring Rohan for being a sincere student, in addition to being an eloquent speaker, an active quizzard, and a creative writer.

Orientation programme

A smart class orientation programme (Class Transformation System) was conducted for the teachers in GN International Public School. The resource persons acquainted the teachers with the latest development of technological trends and curriculum during the event. —TNS



Rickshaws rescue Doraha residents from sewer water
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, July 4
If the Municipal Council is showing no concern, don’t bother. There is the good old cycle rickshaw to take you to the other side of the street flooded with sewer water. It is profitable to both the rickshaw puller as well as the residents of the area.

“Early in the morning, as we move out of our homes, the streets are flooded with sewer water. Even if one somehow manages to tolerate the foul smell, it is impossible not to soil your clothes early in the morning before reaching the work place? So we hired a rickshaw who agreed to serve the residents of the street. He has fixed his time with each and every member and knows who requires his services and at what time. He reaches the house of the concerned person at the appointed time to help him cross the sewer filled area,” said a resident.

As the problem of sewer accumulation in Doraha due to the apathy shown by the authorities and the paucity of space for sewer discharge gets acute by the day, the residents are finding out ever new ways to fight with the problem.

“When his morning job is over, he works in other parts of the town and returns during the evening. He charges Rs 5 for every ride. We have given up all hopes of clean hygienic surroundings. At least the rickshaw saves us from the day-to-day problem,” said the people living on the street.

“We have had enough with the Municipal Council. How many times can you submit verbal or written requests to the authorities? It is we who are staying in this hell, and only we are aware of the horrible times we are passing through. The entire place is filled with sewerage. even if it is disposed off, it takes no time to recollect and at our doors, emitting foul smell, harbouring flies and mosquitoes,” rued a resident.

Inderjit Kala, president, Municipal Council, Doraha, said, “Since the drainage system is old with narrow pipes, the problem keeps on emerging time and again. We too are helpless in this regard. But since the notification of water treatment plant has already been done, the problem is not going to last long.” 



New Director at RIMT
Our correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, July 4
Dr (Major) MS Pabla joined the RIMT Insitute of Management and Computer Technology as the Director-cum-Professor on Monday. 

He has also been on various assignments in several management institutions under the PTU, Punjabi University and ICFAI University. 



Drive launched against illegal sand mining
Ashok Kaura

Phillaur, July 4
Phillaur administration has launched a massive operation against the sand mafia engaged in illegal mining from the Sutlej river beds in the Phillaur sub-division.

Several officials of the mining department and local administration, headed by Phillaur SDM Jasbir Singh and assisted by the Phillaur police, conducted raids at Shagnewal and Miowal villages along with the Sutlej river banks where illegal sand mining was going on.

SDM Jasbir Singh said many persons involved in illegal mining, including Ramandeep Kumar of Mauli village, Mandeep Singh of Talwandi Kalan village, PS Ladhowal, Ram Vidhya of Pakhowal and Balbir Singh of Garrhi Maha Singh were arrested under Section 21, Mining Acts, 1952, during the raids. Several vehicles, including four sand-loaded tractor-trailers, one truck, two empty tractor trolleys as well as machinery being used for excavating sand were also impounded.

SDM Phillaur Jasbir Singh said the operation will continue in the coming days also," the SDM said.

He also said that a dump of more than 150 trollies of sand was also seized.



Educational trip to NASA
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 4
The Ryan Group of Institutions organised an educational trip for its students to NASA. The students of Ryan International School, Ludhiana, not only had an authentic learning experience but also enjoyed the trip.

They were exposed to various programmes related to astronomy, which included robotics, shuttle launch, robot testing, rocket construction and rocket launch.

The students also had the privilege to meet an astronaut and visit Kennedy Space Centre Tour International Space Station Centre.

Around 30 students from the Punjab region grasped this golden opportunity and enriched their experience.

The students also had a fun time, as they visited Disney World, Hollywood Studio, museums and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Principal Parveena John said, “At Ryan, we understand the requirement of the present generation and rededicate ourselves to equip the students with the basic attitudes, core values and instincts, in addition to a relevant curriculum.”

“Through such projects, we aim at facilitating the students with first-hand knowledge, attitude and social value, which enhance their personality development,” she added.



'Relieved' coordinators called again

Ludhiana, July 4
Edusat and ICT coordinators were called back to work within a few months after they were "relieved" from the non-teaching work. They were relieved from the non-teaching work after the new Education Minister took over. Keeping in view their experience in implementing projects, they have been called to join again.

According to instructions sent by Director-General, School Education, Kahan Singh Pannu, in every district, one Edusat coordinator and one ICT coordinator would be deployed for the implementation of the projects. Preference would be given to those coordinators who have already worked on the projects, the instructions say, as they have been given operational training, trouble-shooting training and refresher course earlier. However, the decision to call coordinators back after they were told to join back in schools is drawing sceptical reactions from the faculty members.

According to a teacher, the department makes such shortsighted decisions. They should contemplate the pros and cons before making the decisions, rather than making and revoking the decisions time and again. — TNS



lord mahavir civil hospital
Less de-freezers at mortuary
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 4
Although more than 10 dead bodies are being received by the Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital daily for post-mortem, the number of de-freezers in the mortuary is far less.

Senior Medical Officer, Dr Karamveer Goel, said, “There are only six de-freezers, which are in working order in the mortuary, while two are still lying defunct. Bodies of many unknown persons, which are brought to us, are sometimes in such a bad shape with maggots creeping in and oozing out foul smell. Under such circumstances, due to less number of de-freezers, we have to keep them in open in the mortuary. And due to hot weather, it becomes difficult to keep them, but we have no option than to keep them there for 72 hours and sometimes for some more hours.”

An NGO, Samvedna, which has provided free ambulance service, free mobile mortuary vans in the district, along with six de-freezers at the mortuary of Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, has plans to donate some more de-freezers here. Samvedna general secretary, Dr Vikas Jindal, said, “We are going to hold a meeting of our trust on July 10 where we will discuss about donating new de-freezers to the mortuary in the near future.”



Career counselling need of the hour
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 4
Although a lot is being done for education from providing grants, upgrading infrastructure, updating syllabi and research, but not much is being done by the government for career counselling.

Career counselling is a crucial part of the education system.

“This is a void that has not been filled for about 20 years. There used to be a talk about the need for career counselling, but this is a segment where little has been done by the government,” says Prof PS Bhogal, teaching political science at Arya College.

Some of the companies take psychometric tests and aptitude tests before recruitment, trying to test whether the person, who opted for a particular course is fit for the job or not, which should be the other way round - giving tests and guiding the students about joining the right course he or she is fit for, he said.

Madhur, a student, said it was difficult to decide which subject to opt for, as at one point, it seemed opting for any stream was difficult.

In the absence of career counselling services in the city, students and parents, unsure of which streams to take up, seek help of astrologers and they try to guide the students looking at their horoscopes. A city-based astrologer admitted that he received many clients seeking guidance about the perfect stream for a child to follow, particularly the courses they should take up.

Teachers say although they try to guide the students, this is a specialised role and only professionals who are experts with the latest techniques for testing the aptitude and newly emerging career choices can perform this job.

According to Prof PS Bhogal, there should be counsellors, but these should not be affiliated with the colleges, as the colleges can tend to misguide the students in order to fill the seats, according to their choices. The quality professional career counselling services in the city is need of the hour to help the students make the right choice about the career and thus the subjects they should choose, he said.



Councillor under scanner
 Accused of encroaching upon 350 sq yard of government land
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 4
An independent councillor might get into a soup for allegedly encroaching upon 350 sq yards of government land.

An NGO has charged an independent councillor, Veeran Bedi, of encroaching upon around 350 sq yards of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC) land in Sunet village. Members of the NGO stated that on one hand, Veeran Bedi’s husband Harpreet Singh did not let MC officials take possession of this land on June 20, as he had claimed that the land is being owned by his wife, while on the other, she did not mention it while filing her nomination papers.

Veeran Bedi had won the recently held municipal corporation elections from ward number 57 by a margin of 516 votes.

A local NGO, Maha Sabha Ludhiana, which is working against land sharks in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar and Sunet village has procured several documents regarding this 350 sq yards of land.

As per the documents, the 350 sq yards of land was purchased by Veeran Bedi and her mother Surjit Kaur, both residents of house number 984, I-block, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, on November 29, 1996. The land was sold to Veeran and Surjit by Jaswinder Singh, a resident of Bhatha Dhuaa, Ludhiana. Both Veeran and Surjit are equal partners of this land. After purchasing the land, Veeran and Surjit took a loan of Rs 1.5 lakh from Cooperative Bank, Ludhiana, on June 30, 2003. We have come to know that due to their political links, they did not return the bank loan. This clearly shows that the land is owned by Veeran Bedi and Surjit, claimed Col Jagdish Singh Brar, president of Maha Sabha Ludhiana.

At the time of filing her nomination papers, Veeran Bedi did not mention this property, which is illegal. The registry of this land is of khasra number 105, while they are in possession of khasra number 106, which is owned by the MC, said Col Jagdish Singh Brar.

Interestingly, in the list of MC properties provided by the civic body under the Right to Information Act on July 29, 2011, the MC has admitted that khasra number 106 is owned by them.

On June 20, the MC officials had gone to take possession of this land, but were stopped by Harpreet Singh Bedi. While speaking to The Tribune on June 20, Harpreet Singh Bedi had claimed, “This land is on my wife’s name and we even have a registry of this land, which we would produce with the MC soon.”

The MC officials then gave three-day time to Bedi for providing documents to substantiate his claims of land ownership. But even after passing of this deadline, the MC has failed to initiate any action to get its land vacated.

Col Jagdish Singh Brar alleged that these documents clearly show that Veeran Bedi has encroached upon the MC land. We demanded the state government to disqualify Veeran Bedi as the municipal councillor and a strict action should be taken against her as well as MC officials, who failed to get their land vacated. Soon, we will also file an appeal in the Punjab and Haryana High Court regarding the same, said Col Brar.



Tribune Impact
SC student gets good Samaritan's help
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 4
The 25-year-old mechanical engineering student of Schedule Caste (SC) category, who was denied provisional degree certificate and detailed mark sheet by the college authorities, can now heave a sigh of relief as a good Samaritan has come forward and offered him a financial help.

The joy of Kuldip Singh from Bhogpur near Jalandhar (100 km from here) knew no bounds when a city-based philanthropist Yash Giri came forward and assured to submit the fees of four semesters, which is approximately Rs 1.5 lakh.

Kuldip said he was denied the mark sheet and provisional degree certificates as the SC scholarship funds of four semesters were not released by the department concerned.

“I received a call from the Deputy Commissioner’s office here this morning. I was given the mobile number of Yash Giri. The philanthropist told me that he will submit the fees of four semesters. Giri further said whenever the funds will be released by the government, I can pay back the money to him,” said Kuldip.

The plight of Kuldip was highlighted in these columns (SC student ‘denied’ degree) on July 2.

It is learnt that Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari has been instrumental in bailing out Kuldip from career-wrecking situation.

Sources said after reading the news item, the Deputy Commissioner convinced Yash Giri to pay the money for a noble cause.



Two more suspected dengue cases reported
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 4
Two more suspected cases of dengue were reported today. Both of the suspected patients have been admitted to DMC&H. The patients are from Kapurthala and Daad village in the district, respectively.

Till now a total of eight cases of dengue have been confirmed. Two suspected cases from Jalandhar and Jammu and Kashmir have been reported earlier 
as well.

Civil surgeon Subhash Batta said he had already instructed officials to act as a team with the officials of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation and keep a check on sanitation conditions in their respective areas and report to MC officials. They should also keep in touch with the area councillor in order to help prevent spread dengue.

The reports of dengue cases are sending chills down the spine of residents, as the rampancy of dengue fever last year haunt many.

“I have unpleasant memories of the fever last year. It was terrible to be lying in effete with the platelet count dropping steeply,” said Manjit Singh, a resident of Dugri.

"We hope that the administration and medical teams will take measures to prevent the problem this year,” he said.



City lad among top 10 in TV reality show
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 4
A 17-year-old city lad, Davinderpal Singh, has been selected among the top 10 in a reality show running on a national TV channel, Sony. Davinderpal Singh is studying in class XII at Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar in Ludhiana.

He has been learning classical music from principal Sukhwant Singh for five years, where Ishmeet Singh (a reality show winner) used to learn music.

Now, the teachers and parents of Davinderpal are seeking votes from Ludhianvis to help him to bring laurels to the city.

Sukhwant Singh said, “Indeed those were pleasant moments for the family and teachers when he got selected among the top 10. Judges showed their confidence in Davinder. We are, too, confident that he will win the show.”

Surinderpal, uncle of Davinderpal said, “He is skillful in classical music and we are 100 per cent sure that he will won the reality show. We request the residents to encourage him by votes.”

Music is a tradition in Davinderpal’s family, as her mother used to recite kirtan.



Residents wary of rainy season
 Town lacks efficient sewage disposal system; rains compound the problem

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 4
While the region waits for monsoon eagerly, residents of the local town are a little wary scared lot as the rains might upset their daily life. As the town lacks an efficient sewage disposal system, sewers and drains start overflowing during monsoon. Residents fear they will be forced to walk through stinking water once rains set in.

What to mention about laying more drains and strengthening the existing sewage system, the civic body has not even bothered purchasing equipment required for de-silting pipelines and drains in case of an emergency.

Investigations revealed that the town had been experiencing frequent overflow of sewage and stinking water at many places, including at entry roads, residential colonies, main markets and schools. The fear of outbreak of epidemics also looms large on the locality.

Though the situation had gone out of control about six months ago when the scavengers of the civic body had to work overtime to check further deterioration of the situation, little has been done by the civil authorities to check the same problem does not arise again. The organisations which had lent their equipment for pumping out silt and dirty water from drains may not show a similar gesture as the machinery might not be avaibale due to the increased emand during the rainy season.

Acknowledging past experiences, and the need to strengthen and improve the sewerage system, officials in the sanitation department of the civic body said that the damage to certain pipes of the disposal system had resulted in problem previously.

Appreciating the role of employees in fighting frequent overflow of sewerage, councillors led by Ravinder Puri and Kedar Kapila maintained that the problem had persisted due to the delay in work for laying the main drains that were supposed to be undertaken by the Punjab Sewerage and Water Supply Board. They claimed that the Council had already taken up the issue with the concerned officials and the situation would improve soon. Councillors further told that the process for the purchase of required equipment had already been started.

The Tribune observed that some low-lying roads and streets were usually flooded with sewage water. The condition was worse at Dhulkot, Mahavir road, Amarpura mohall, Dehliz road, Bajrang Akhara road, Jagera road, Jawahar Nagar, Bank Street and Railway road.

Pedestrians, including students, women and labourers were the worst sufferers. Religious places were no exception. — OC



Excise and  Taxation Dept
Knitwear Club protests against orders
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 4
The Knitwear Club has shot a letter to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal regarding the recent announcement made by the excise and taxation department.

Club chairman Vinod Thapar in the letter said the recent announcement made by the excise and taxation department, in which it stated that sales tax officials and inspectors will put their signatures regularly on bill books after checking their purchase and sale in their shops, has drawn flak from the industrial circles.

“This practice will definitely give birth to corruption, as the officials will threat the business community and affect the business. In terror, they won’t be able to run their business smoothly and it will create an atmosphere of regret, revolt and distrust for the department,” he said.

Further, president Darshan Dawar said this practice would create more obstacles for generating revenue for the government as well as for the industry in their way of advancement. At one side, the government boasts to reduce the rule of the inspectors, while on the other side, it is boosting it to make lives of the industrialists a hell with this practice.

“We strongly oppose this decision and on behalf of the knitwear industry, we request you to intervene in this matter and give instructions to the department to withdraw these orders to save the industry,” added Thapar and Dawar in the communiqué.



Police chalks out plan to ease traffic problem
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, July 4
Taking serious note of the increasing traffic jams in the city, the police has chalked out a new strategy to ease out the traffic chaos of the city. The police has now decided to take a strict action against people, who park their vehicles on roadsides and other violators.

This plan was finalised during a meeting called by DSP Jagraon, Surinder Kumar, during which Jagraon traffic police in charge Kanwarpal Singh, a delegation of municipal council councillors and representatives of various NGOs were present.

During the meeting, the members of the delegation informed the DSP about the roads, which face frequent and long traffic jams. These roads include Tehsil road, Old Sabzi Mandi road, Kamal Chowk, Lajpat Rai road, Old Grain Market Chowk, Nehru Market, Railway road and College road.

The municipal councillors and members of the NGOs informed the DSP that the major cause of the traffic problems in the town is the haphazard parking of vehicles on different roads and illegal encroachments by shopkeepers.

The delegation also suggested ideas to the police to ease out the traffic problem on these roads.

DSP Surinder Kumar instructed traffic police in charge Kanwarpal Singh to keep a constant vigil on the roads that have been marked as the worst affected due to traffic and take strict action against violators.

Raising the issue of violation of traffic norms and wrong parking on the Lajpat Rai road, the members of the delegations informed the DSP that there are certain shopkeepers, particularly a samosa seller on this road, who allow the visitors to park their vehicles in front of their shops for a long time, which leads to frequent and long traffic jams.

Following this, the DSP instructed the traffic police to increase vigil on this road and take strict action against the people who are found violating the traffic norms.

Appealing to residents, visitors and shopkeepers to cooperate with the police, the DSP further stated that the police will not only challan violators but also impose heavy fines on the shopkeepers who allow people to park their vehicles before their shops.

Urging the shopkeepers to prevent the visitors from parking their vehicles in front of their shops in a lenient way, the DSP advised the shopkeepers to approach the police if any visitor do not cooperate and indulge in arguments with them.

Giving details of the plan, the DSP informed that the police in cooperation with the municipal council has arranged some parking places where people can park their vehicles. The areas where the parking facility has been made available include Raikot road, Lala Devi Chand Inn near Main Market, the road situated near Saravhitkari Senior Secondary School and under the railway over bridge on the Tehsil road.



Thieves decamp with 27-tola gold
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 4
Thieves struck at a house of Manzoor Maseh in Jagjit Nagar near Sarabha Nagar and decamped with 27 tolas of gold, Rs 70,000 cash and other expensive items. Giving details about the theft, Newton Maseh, son of Manzoor Maseh, said he lived in a separate house, located close to the residence of his father. He said the tenant saw the door of the house broken on arriving. The house was ransacked and valuables were missing.

Newton further informed the police about the incident. Meanwhile, the police has registered the case and started investigation.



Carrying on family legacy
 Promising judo player Rahul emulates his uncle
Gurvinder Singh/TNS

Ludhiana, June 4
Studying in class XII at Spring Dale Public School, Rahul Kodan is harbouring the Olympics dream. Having won gold medals in a judo national championship and the CBSE National Judo Championship, he wants to emulate his uncle Narinder Singh, a judo player and Olympian.

He says he was inspired by his uncle to become a judo player. He has won many a medal. Practising for about seven hours a day, he goes to stadium as early as 5 am. He practises for an hour during the afternoon as well and in the evening.

Balancing studies and the tough practice schedule is a tough task at times, but Rahul is determined to make it big. For sports like judo, one has to work hard on both arm power and leg power. Working out and strengthening most of the body is crucial in the sport, says the 18-year-old judo player. Determined to make it big in the game, he says: "Judo is my life".

He is a brown belt, and working hard to achieve the black belt. 



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