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MC couldn't care less
Defies rules to lay new pipes in Budha Nullah
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

A newly laid rainwater pipe in Budha Nullah
A newly laid rainwater pipe in Budha Nullah. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, July 10
Throwing all rules to the winds, MC officials have laid seven-odd new pipes in the Budha Nullah, which is the most polluted water body of the state. On the one hand, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation officials claim that they are in the process of closing all means of water disposal into the nullah, but on the other hand, it is laying new pipes in it. MC officials did not even bother to inform the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) before laying the pipes.

During a meeting chaired by MC Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi on July 3, Kamlesh Bansal and Manjit Singh, both MC Additional Commissioners (Technical) of Operations and Maintenance Cell, had claimed that except for the disposals on Tibba Road and Transport Nagar, steps had been taken so that water from all other disposals went directly to the sewerage treatment plant instead of the nullah.

Even though the MC claims that these pipes would carry only rainwater, a visit to these disposals revealed that water of "different colours" was being dumped into the nullah. Pink coloured water was being disposed into the nullah at one such new disposal near Gandhi Nagar.

HC Salaria, executive engineer (bridges and roads) claimed that he was not aware of any new pipes being laid in the nullah. “We have not laid any such pipes. It must be the operations and maintenance cell which would have laid the pipes,” he said.

RP Gupta, SDO (B&R), confirmed that some new pipes had been laid in Fatehgarh Mohalla and Gandhi Nagar areas.

“For the disposal of rainwater, we have laid storm sewers in these areas. To ensure that water does not accumulate in the area during the monsoon, we laid pipes in the nullah. The nullah is meant for the disposal of rainwater and there is no harm in laying the pipes,” he said.


How can MC officials lay pipes in the nullah without taking permission from us? It was recently decided during a meeting with the Chief Minister that all disposal pipes into the nullah would be closed by the MC. It's shocking to learn that they have installed new pipes. Pipes can only be allowed as a temporary measure during monsoon, but the MC cannot connect them permanently. Our team will visit the area and take necessary action.

— Krunesh Garg, senior environmental engineer, PPCB


Another child abducted from railway station
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
There seems to be no stopping the abduction of children from railway stations across the country. In the latest incident, a city resident claimed that his eight-year-child identified as Suraj was allegedly abducted from either the Saharanpur or Ambala railway station during the wee hours of today.

Narrating the incident, Tirloki Yadav, a resident of Dhandari area, said his wife Rekha and their three children were returning home by train after visiting her paternal house in Gonda of Uttar Pradesh (UP).

“My wife told me that the incident took place during the small hours when the train stopped at Saharanpur and then the Ambala railway station. She woke up from her sleep at the Ambala railway station and was shocked to find her child missing. She immediately informed her husband and they alighted from the train,” he said.

He rushed to Ambala and got an abduction case registered. “The Government Railway Police (GRP) has assured that it would trace the child, but my hope is fading. I do not know what the kidnappers would be doing with my son,” heartbroken Tirloki Yadav, who returned to the city this evening, said.



Sarpanch booked for pocketing pension of deceased
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
Gurmukh Singh, sarpanch of Narangwal village, has been booked for allegedly pocketing the pension of six dead men. The sarpanch was booked following an audit conducted by the social security department a few days ago.

The SHO, Dhelon, Amandeep Brar, said the accused kept withdrawing the old-age pension of the deceased persons by forging their signatures on the panchayat register. It was found that the sarpanch was withdrawing the pension of six dead persons.

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

Gurmukh Singh has been booked under Section 420, IPC, for fraud.



Husband caught for double murder
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
It was a 38-year-old migrant from Bihar who killed his wife and 14-year-old daughter nearly three months ago. The Daba police today brought Mohan Chowdhary from Baliya in Bihar and claimed to have cracked the blind murder case of a girl whose badly mutilated body was found from the roadside in the Lohara area on May 21.

The police also exhumed the remains of Mohan’s wife that was dumped in a vacant plot at Jaspalbangar village after Mohan confessed to have committed both the murders. He said he first killed his 35-year-old wife Seema and then gagged his daughter Anshu to death.

He said he suspected his wife of infidelity and had asked his daughter how many men visited the house in his absence. But all she did was reprimand him instead.

Mohan revealed that he killed his wife and daughter on the intervening night of May 16 and 17 when both of them were asleep.

After killing them, he stuffed their bodies in two sacks. One he threw in a vacant plot and the other along the roadside. He then left his one-room quarter at Prem Nagar in Daba and started living in Sherpur and monitored police investigation. Later, he went to Bihar.

Jatinderjit Singh, SHO Daba, said: “Since it was a blind murder case, we had to start the investigation from scratch. We started investigating about juvenile girls, especially migrants, who recently went missing from the area. We learnt that a family that was living in a 'vehra' vanished overnight. We probed the matter and got to know that Mohan returned to Bihar alone.”

After gathering crucial evidence, a police team visited Bihar and nabbed Mohan. Sources said relatives of Seema had approached the police and expressed their fears that Mohan might have killed her.



Railway tickets: Revised 'tatkal' timings make reservation easier
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, July 10
With the railway authorities tightening the noose around touts and colluding railway staff and the revised timings of 10 am to 12 noon for booking "tatkal" railway tickets has come as a huge relief to people.

On the first day today, just a handful of persons were standing in the queue at the railway reservation centre and got tickets in the "tatkal" category" without any jostling.

The Divisional Traffic Manager of Northern Railway, Palwinder Singh, said vigil was being maintained at the railway reservation complex to ensure that middlemen or touts were kept away from 'tatkal' ticket booking counters. "We have given strict instructions to those manning the reservation counters not to entertain any unauthorised persons and accept railway reservation forms under the 'tatkal' category from those who would produce proper ID of the passenger as well as their mobile phone numbers for verification purposes, if required. The RPF personnel were also deployed at the reservation complex to keep an eye on undesirable persons," he said.

There was visible relief on the faces of many who were waiting to get railway reservation under the 'tatkal' category. "The railway authorities have not put up a special counter for tatkal booking as was announced earlier, but still the situation has undergone a sea change," observed Ram Parsad, a migrant worker.

Another resident Sanjeev Kumar said the mad rush was nowhere to be seen at the reservation centre as the booking counter opened at the stipulated time. "The absence of touts and presence of police personnel to restore order seems to have made all the difference," he said.

Railway officials said for now, 'tatkal' booking forms were being accepted at all operational counters between 10 am and 12 noon since the number of those seeking reservation in this category was manageable. If the number of applicants increases, a separate counter will be set up at the reservation complex.



World Population Day Today
Incentives fail to draw couples to family planning surgeries
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
Even though the government gives incentives to couples for free-of-cost non-scalpel vasectomy (NSV) and tubectomy, very few people are going in for permanent family planning solutions.

The government gives an incentive of Rs 1,100 to a person for undergoing NSV and Rs 200 to the motivator. Similarly, an incentive of Rs 600 is given to a woman of below the poverty line and Rs 250 to a woman above the poverty line for tubectomy. Rs 150 is given to the motivator.

According to a data collected by the district health department in 2009 when Ludhiana district stood first in Punjab (Punjab was second in India) for conducting the maximum NSV and tubectomy cases in the district alone. The figure was 17,079. But after that the figure came down to 14,454 in 2010-2011 and 11,900 in 2011-2012.

This year in March when the CMCH organised a free NSV camp in the gynaecology department with the help of the Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, and the District Family Welfare Officer, very few men came forward even though it was announced that the first 50 acceptors will have a choice to take either a cycle or Rs 1,100.

Mindset unchanged

Very few men opt for vasectomy. The data in our hospital since 2008-2009, reveals that women came in hundreds and men were less than 100. In 2008-2009, 114 cases of tubectomy and only three of vasectomy were recorded while in 2011-2012 (till March 21), 259 tubectomy and 72 vasectomy cases have been taken up. Illiteracy and unawareness among men is a reason. Preference for a boy, specially among migrants, makes them go in for many children.

— Dr Kumkum Awasthi, head of gynae department, CMC

Cases on decline

The year 2009 witnessed a spurt in family planning operations when Dr Maninder Singh was the Chief Medical Officer of Ludhiana. Many people were covered under permanent way of population control. In subsequent years, the number of cases has deceased. As far as the upper middle class is concerned, they go for one or two children. They do not opt for permanent methods as they feel that they already have a small family and if any mishap occurs, they must have some option to restart a family.

— Dr Sanjeev Hans, District Family Planning Officer

Fertility rate below 2%

Nowadays, the fertility rate is less than 2 per cent. So, we are not wooing people for permanent methods of family planning, although we do offer them incentives. During family planning camps, we operate on people who come on their own.

— Dr Subhash Batta, Chief Medical Officer, Ludhiana



Traders upset with move
Do not favour filling in C-forms at department office
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
The excise and taxation department's move, under which a trader is required to fill in C-forms before getting those issued from the department, has not found favour with traders. The department has made it mandatory for traders to completely fill in the forms by sitting in the department's office and get those stamped from the official concerned there.

They are not allowed to take unfilled C-forms along with them now.

The department has asserted that it has started this new procedure to avoid the misuse of C-forms.

Mohinder Aggarwal, general secretary of Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal, said the department started the new practice.

Explaining the problem, he said, "C-forms are required to be filled in for goods which are brought from outside the state. Initially we use to fill in forms and submit those with the department, after which the department used to verify those with returns filed by us. But according to the new practice, we are asked to fill in forms by sitting in the department and then get those stamped before taking C-forms with us."

He asked how they could fill in the forms before the consignment was sent, adding that it was not practically possible to fill in all forms, with the number sometimes reaching 100.

The department should discontinue this practice as it was becoming a source of inconvenience for traders, he added.

Another trader, Jitesh Saini, said the department had announced that C-forms would be made online from this financial year, but it failed in its commitment.

"The new practice of filling in forms has only added to our problems. Sometimes we are not sure of the amount of pieces coming in the consignment. Under these circumstances, how can one fill in the forms beforehand," he said.

When contacted, Kanwalpreet Brar, District Excise and Taxation Commissioner, said the new practice was started to keep a check on the misuse of C-forms.

"It was found that some traders were making wrong use of the forms and using those for bungling bills. To put a check to this, we now ask every trader to fill in the forms first and then take those along. Those carrying out genuine transactions will not find any problem in filling in C-forms beforehand," she added.

What C-forms are

Traders engage in inter-state transactions are required to fill in C-forms with their quarterly VAT returns. The forms are issued by the excise and taxation department to registered dealers for the purchase of goods outside the state on tax concession.



Girl was born to unwed mother
Was dumped in Sirhind branch canal, spotted, rescued
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
The police has tracked the mother of the girl that was kept in a small basket and spotted floating in the Sirhind branch canal near Sudhar here yesterday. The girl was born to an unmarried woman at a nursing home located close to the canal in the Sudhar area. The family dumped the infant in a river.

An elderly couple at Saholi village brought their daughter to the nursing home at Sudhar yesterday after she complained of acute pain in the lower abdomen.

The family was in for a shock when doctors there stated that the girl was pregnant and facing labour pains.

The girl’s father, an ex-serviceman, got rattled and left the nursing home in a huff with his daughter and wife.

When they stepped out of the nursing home, the condition of the girl worsened. She was rushed to an operation theatre, where she delivered the child.

The nursing home authorities kept the infant and girl child under observation. After a few hours, the girl’s father took the infant.

He told the nursing home authorities that he was taking the infant to Talwandi Dham since she was an illegitimate child.

He returned and took the girl from the hospital after filling in an undertaking. The police cracked case, but remained tight-lipped on the issue.

Sudhar SHO Sandeep Wadhera said, “We will disclose everything tomorrow.” The infant was rescued by local residents yesterday and sent to the Civil Hospital.

Police takes DNA sample

The police took a DNA sample of the newborn after her mother refused to accept her as her daughter. The sample would now be sent to the laboratory for conducting tests.



Ganda nullah not cleaned, may overflow this monsoon
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
Even as the residents of areas along the under-construction Ganda nullah project near Field Ganj are living in constant fear of overflow, another part of the nullah near the Bhadaur House may overflow as it has not been cleaned for several weeks.

This nullah, which passes from the rear of the busy Bhadaur House area, is full of garbage and will not be able to accumulate water if there is heavy rain.

The monsoon has already started and the civic body seems to have forgotten about this nullah, which starts from the Taalaab Bazaar and goes till the Domoria bridge.

Due to the callous attitude of the MC, this nullah is literally choked with polythene bags and garbage, hampering the flow of sewage. Not only this, a large portion of this nullah has either been encroached upon or markets have developed above it.

Interestingly, markets in the old city that have come up on the Ganda nullah are Taalaab Bazaar, Namak Mandi, Sadar Bazaar, Electronic Market, Akalgarh Market and Books Market. In some areas, the MC has laid a road after covering the nullah.

There is a little uncovered area left where this nullah can be cleaned. If there is heavy rain, there is every possibility of the nullah overflowing.

When contacted, MC Joint Commissioner AS Sekhon said the Ganda nullah was cleaned every year before the onset of the monsoon. “If it has not been cleaned yet, I will get this done the first thing tomorrow.”



Raise your voice against religious fundamentalism: CPI
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, July 10
The three-day state conference of the Communist Party of India (CPI) concluded late last night, with a call to the people to raise their voice against the conspiracy to spread religious fundamentalism.

The party resolved to mobilise the masses against mafia groups and launch a struggle against rise in prices.

It was further decided that the party ranks would participate in the nationwide protest in Delhi on August 1 to press upon the government to bring the Bill on food security in the forthcoming session of Parliament.

Sudhakar Reddy, national general secretary, and Shameem Faizee, member of the Central secretariat of the CPI, participated in the conference. The economic and political situation of the country and of Punjab were discussed in detail.

Nirmal Singh Dhaliwal, state secretary, presented the political, organisational and activity report, which was passed after a lengthy debate.

Reddy and Faizee criticised the economic policies of the Centre, saying those were playing havoc with the life of the common man.

They said economic growth had slowed down and the poor were feeling betrayed. They condemned the steep rise in prices of petrol and CNG, which had made the lives of people miserable.

Contrary to tall claims of the ruling alliance, a majority of people in the country did not have access to basic necessities like food, shelter, health, clean drinking water and education, the CPI leaders further said.

There was rampant corruption and the political system had been afflicted with the use of money and muscle power, they claimed.

The conference elected a 71-member state council to manage party affairs. This council would elect the state secretary and the executive committee within a month.

The conference adopted resolutions demanding education and employment for all, justice and security for women, proper remuneration for farm workers, food security for all, safety of crops in the Kandi area and taking primary education out of the control of village panchayats.



Met advisory impact under study
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
A team of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), in collaboration with the India Meteorological Department, has been conducting a study on the impact of meteorological advisories to farmers.

The team will survey farmers in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat to get first-hand information about farmers’ responses to meteorological advisories. The team visited three districts in Punjab.

Kalpana Subramanian, team leader, CGIAR, said, "This research is about the impact of climate change on agriculture and food security. We will collect facts. Yesterday our team was at Bathinda, where we met farmers. We chose some villages in Ludhiana district."

"We have been collecting feedback of farmers to know that effectiveness of forecasts," she added. This team would submit the report in October.

What CGIAR is

y The CGIAR unites organisations engaged in research for a food-secure future. Its research is dedicated to reducing rural poverty, increasing food security, improving human health and nutrition and ensuring more sustainable management of natural resources.



pseb syllabus
TextBooks in Punjabi costlier
A setback to government’s policy to encourage the language in the state
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
On the one hand, the Punjab Government has constituted an Act for the promotion of Punjabi language in the state, but on the other, students who are interested to study in Punjabi medium under the Punjab School Education Board have to pay more for the Punjabi medium books as compared to the English medium ones.

Printed rates of most of the Punjabi medium books are more than the English medium ones.

Print rate published on mathematic book of Class IX is Rs 102 but the same book in English is for Rs 85. Students have to pay Rs 43 for SST- second semester book of Class X in Punjabi medium, but a book in English medium costs Rs 37. EVS book in Punjabi is for Rs 47 and the same in English is for Rs 44.

Computer Science book of Class XII in Punjabi medium is for Rs 51 and the same in English medium is for Rs 47.

"It is strange that the PSEB has been charging more for Punjabi medium books and less for English ones. The government should encourage the students who want to pursue their studiers in their mother tongue. But as they are costly,the students will be discouraged to buy them", said Balwainder Singh, a author and a teacher.

"Science book of Class IX is for Rs 156, a majority of students in government -aided and private schools can not afford to buy th book. So students prefer to buy a guide of the subject", said Sukhdarshan Singh a school teacher.



world population day
Schools told to educate children on overpopulation
For the first time in decades, the state has taken steps to spread awareness among students
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 10
Heads and teachers of government and private-aided schools remained busy in completing preparations for observance of the World Population Day at the respective institutes on Wednesday.

Chart, poster and cartoon-making contests will be conducted besides organising declamation and slogan-making competitions at these schools for which directions have been received from the office of the director general (school education ).

The DG (SE) has directed heads of all government and private-aided schools to observe the World Population Day on Wednesday by devoting first two periods to educational activities, including chart making, poster making, cartoon making and other competitions.

On receiving communication on the matter, heads of various schools of region deputed in charges of senior classes and science departments to complete the preparations before hands. While some schools advised students to bring their own materials, others preferred to provide stationery from the organization itself.

Pardeep Sharda, principal local MGMN Senior Secondary School and Balwinder Singh, principal Government Senior Secondary School at Dehlon said they had deputed in charges of senior classes to organise inter-class competitions today so that the final contest, to be organised on Wednesday was more affective and impressive.

It was for the first time in the past decades that the education department had taken steps to educate students about causes and consequences of population explosion.

Visualising that illiteracy and overpopulation were complementary to each other, the authorities proposed that students should be educated about root cause of all social evils and problems of the society.

"If the population problem is overcome, most of the future problems including public health, poverty, starvation, unemployment, depleting natural resources and pollution will be solved automatically," reads the communication sent by the DG(SE) to all DEOs, DSSs and heads of the schools.



Residents demand proper fogging in Dohara town
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, July 10
Sewage has accumulated in a number of wards in the town, and residents are waiting for the civic body to conduct fogging in the area. The residents feel that they could easily contract water-borne diseases.

The sanitation of this town is in a poor state. Due to lack of space there is no proper drainage system in the town. Residents blame the council for their inaction while the council puts the blame on the lack of drainage space in the town. The residents complain that accumulated water has become an eye sore. One of them said, “We know the things are going to get aggravated in the times to come. We have approached the committee asked them to find a permanent solution to the problem, but the authorities do not seem to be serious on the issue.”

A resident residing in Shere Punjab Dhaba Street said, “We have been putting up with the condition for years together. The foul-smell is unbearable. The sewage not only floods the streets, but also enters the houses. The drainage system gets choked even after a shower. In such a condition, the mosquitoes are sure to multiply. It has been more than a month, now, that any fogging was undertaken in the town. The dengue scare is giving the residents sleepless nights. Is it not the responsibility of the committee to start fogging in the town? or is it waiting for some cases to be reported in the hospitals to start with the work”.

Moreover, the garbage is picked only to be dumped again on the roads and streets. The condition of Post Office Street, Lakkar Bazar, Shere Punjab Dhaba Road are deplorable.

Inderjit Kala, Municipal Council chief, said, “Although the fogging was under taken a month before, butI will ask the committee to start it again at the earliest”.



Health dept team takes water samples from schools
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, July 10
Taking a strict note of the complaints of students being forced to drink contaminated water in the educational institutes in the Jagraon area, a team of the health department officials took samples of waters from as many as five educational institutes, including four schools and a college, of the Jagraon area today.

Following the instructions of Dr. Karkara, senior medical officer, Jagraon, a team comprising Dr. Harinder Sharma, health inspector Gurdev Singh and Hari Singh visited various educational institutes and took samples of water from these institutes.

Speaking to mediapersons after taking the water samples, team head Dr. Harinder Sharma stated that these water samples had been taken keeping in view the high risk of outbreak of water-born diseases during the summer season.

Dr. Sharma said, the schools from where the water samples were taken included Anuwarat Senior Secondary School, DAV School, RK High Senior Secondary School, Government Senior Secondary School for Girls and LRDAV College, Jagraon.

“The water samples have been sent for laboratory examination at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, and an appropriate action will be taken if the water samples fail to pass the laboratory test”, added Dharma.

Following this, the health department team also visited various markets of the town to check the sale of eatables being sold under unhygienic conditions. During the visit, the team members examined the vegetables, fruits and other eatables being sold in the markets. The team members also destroyed a large number of rotten vegetables and other eatables being sold in the open.

The team also instructed the vegetable vendors and shopkeepers of the town to maintain proper hygiene level of the eatables and keep the vegetables and fruits covered otherwise action would be taken against the vendors and shopkeepers who were found selling eatables under unhygienic conditions.

Karkara said that the drive of taking samples from educational institutes would also continue in the future so that the students could be saved from contracting water-borne ailments. “Besides this, the drive to check sale of eatables will also continue in the coming days,” he added.



Dengue outbreak: Bathinda patient tests positive
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
A suspected dengue patient of Bathinda district who is under treatment at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital has tested positive. The 53-year-old patient, Karnail Singh, belongs to Deon villlage of Bathinda district. According to the reports of the health department, "No fresh case has been reported from any hospital in Ludhiana today."

The district epidemiologist of Ludhiana, Dr Anil Verma, said, "The health department is covering the entire city and imparting health education regarding water borne and vector- born diseases. Teams from the anti-larva branch and the staff of all the dispensaries are pitching in."

He further said that we are running an awareness campaign in the high-risk areas of the city. These include Dhandari, Focal Point, Transport Nagar, Tajpur Road, Basti Jodhewal, Sabji Mandi, Haibowal Kalan, Sunet, Dugri, Shimlapuri, Sherpur Daba and Giaspura. Here the teams from other blocks are visiting houses and health education is also being given regarding water borne and vector-born diseases.



DC extends ban on hookah bars
To remain in force for next two months in Ludhiana district
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
As youngsters were getting hooked on to hookah and drugs here, it became a matter of great concern, the District Magistrate, Rahul Tiwari, extended an order under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure 1973, that no hooka would be placed for consumption to visitors in restaurants/ hooka bars.

He said that such bars were banned to operate in Ludhiana district with respect to their offering hookas to the visitors.

Giving a clear warning, Tiwari said, "The order has been implemented in the entire Ludhiana district, including corporation and municipal committee limits along with the villages falling in Ludhiana district".

Tiwari said that any person, who violated the order, would be punished under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code. The order has been implemented immediately and will remain in force for the next two months.

The District Magistrate added that the Civil Surgeon of Ludhiana had apprised him that a number of hooka bars were operational in the district. They were serving tabacoo molasses containing nicotine, which was injurious to health. At times, there was suspicion that apart from tabacoo, other harmful substances were also mixed with tabacoo molasses and were being served in the hooka bars. In view of the general health of the public and to ensure in particular that school/college-going youngsters and minors did not fall prey tosuch substances, as they were harmful for health, the hooka bars were banned in the district.

Hookah bars had become a "craze" amongst the students, who, in order to get the puff, bunked their classes in schools and colleges. Though the bars claimed that they did not use any tobacco-laced product and these were just "flavoured" hookahs, but the reality was that they offered everything under the garb of flavoured hookah to the youngsters, who did not mind spending a few hundred bucks every week on its consumption.

The police, too, had conducted several raids at different places and had seized products which were injurious to health. In the absence of any stern action taken by the authorities, the owners of the hookah bars were continuing with the illegal practice in the city.



sex ratio
Four villages get award
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
For enhancing girl child sex ratio, panchayats of four villages of Ludhiana district have been awarded today at a state-level function of the health department at Mohali.

There are two villages of the Macchiwara block, including Todarpur and Berma. While the other two villages are of the Pakhowal block, include Ratan and Dango.

These four village are among 75 villages of Punjab who have been awarded today. In Todarpur village, out of 87 newly born in a year, 53 are female children. In Berma village out of 118, 67 were females, in Ratan village out of 99, 55 were female children and in Daango village out of 233, 119 were females.

The Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, said, "These four villages are a source of inspiration for other villages also." While the district family planning officer, Ludhiana, said, "It is a collective effort of the health department and village people.”



Parents irked at new shift system
Allege school has admitted more children than it can actually adjust
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
Some parents of students, studying at Ryan International School here are irked at the school management as the school has adopted new system for class I and II. It has been seen that transition from montessori (junior) to middle school for the students is easier, school authorities say.

But some parents, who are unhappy with the change allege that the school management has given admission to more students than they can actually adjust, so now the school authorities had began working in shifts to adjust the students.

Problem started when some students came back home late on the first day of the school after the summer vacation on July 9. Unhappy parents visited the school and complained to the principal to change the school timings.

"School has started two shifts for students because they have given admission to more students than they can actually adjust. Moreover, the school doesn't have the required number of school buses as children were dropped at 5 pm yesterday", said one of the parents.

However, principal Parveena John said "There was confusion among some of the parents. We have adopted a system for the betterment of students. We have sufficient infrastructure and transportation for the students".

"I have two children studying in Ryan Public School, one will leave for the school on 7.30 am and the other one will go at 9 am, which will lead to a lot of inconvenience for our family. Two different school buses will pick and drop them. We want same time for both children", said a parent, requesting anonymity.

The principal elaborated the new system has been adopted after research, to provide children better growth and understanding.

“So far, as the transportation is concerned, Ryan already has the best of the buses, and will have more if need be”, she said. Yesterday, was the first day, and the delay was due to the new driver getting acquainted with the routes, she said.




Welcome party

It was a time for celebrations at Cherubs The Preschool, Dugri, as the kids joined the school after a much refreshing summer break. The kindergartners were excited to meet their teachers and have fun in the school. They enjoyed the welcome party, played games, danced on their favourite tunes with their teachers and bonded with classmates. The school was decorated with colorful balloons to welcome them .The little Cherubs were also given welcome gifts by the school, overall it was a day of fun and excitement.


Children celebrate Vanmahotsav at Penguin Castle Preschool, Udham Singh Nagar, in Ludhiana
Children celebrate Vanmahotsav at Penguin Castle Preschool, Udham Singh Nagar, in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Penguin Castle Preschool, Udham Singh Nagar, reopened after summer vacations on Tuesday on the completion of its second year amid celebrations of Vanmahotsav with the theme 'Towards a greener India'. The occasion is celebrated throughout the country in the first week of July. The children planted saplings using their old shoe as a pot. Kamal Preet Kaur, director of the school, said the kids, under the 'one child one plant' scheme, would water their plant every day and follow its growth. She said that the importance of trees and a green environment needed to be emphasised upon on a regular basis.

World Population Day

Ram Lal Bhasin Public School, students marked World Population Day with slogan writing. Lamia Fatma, student of X-A, delivered a speech to bring attention to population issues. The objective behind the celebration was to increase awareness about population control. Akriti Arora of X- A also recited a poem "Over Population" on the occasion.

Orientation programme

Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, organised an orientation programme for the students of Class XI and their parents. The programme was to acquaint them with a vast scope ahead for the students to pursue their dreams. Navita Puri presided over the programme. Dr. Manisha Gangwar presented a PPT on career options after XII. It is the right time for the students to prepare and whole heartedly pursue what they want to do after Class XII. Vinay Syal, In charge, senior section, shared tips for excelling in life.

Children of Ryan International School celebrate “red day” in Ludhiana
Children of Ryan International School celebrate “red day” in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Red day

Ryan International School, Dugri, observed “red day” on the re-opening of the school. Red day is an initiative of the school to introduce the concept of red colour and make them aware of the various objects of red colour around them. The day began on a colourful note. The Montessori students were thrilled and excited to observe the redness around them. — TNS





Students excel in exams

Students of M.Sc.(IT) fourth semester of the Devki Devi Jain Memorial College for Women brought laurels to the institution by securing excellent marks in the the examination of Panjab University. Both Swati Jain and Richa Jain secured sixth position in the university, third in the district and first in college and scored 85.82 per cent, whereas, Jaspreet Kaur secured12th position in the university, with 84.4 per cent . Sonia Maini bagged third position in the college by scoring 84.08 per cent marks.

Meanwhile, BA-second year students have performed well in the final exams. Richa Verma secured first position in the college by scoring 72.75 per cent whereas Sonam Rani and Sonam bagged second and third positions with 72.30 and 72.12 per cent, respectively.

BA-II results

Students of Gobindgarh Public College, Alour (Khanna), brought laurels to the college by performing well in B.A.-II exams of Panjab University.

College principal Dr Neena Seth Pajni said Sonia Sehgal stood first in the college with 84.76 per cent marks. Neha Singla secured second position with 71.68 per cent. Mishel Sekhri secured third position with 71 per cent marks. Principal also appreciated the hard work of students and advised the students.



Man was victim of mistaken identity
25-year-old grocer thrashed; land mafia wanted to beat up his friend
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
A 25-year-old grocer, who was abducted and beaten up by members of the land mafia here last night, was a victim of mistaken identity. The victim, identified as Bharat Bhushan Sharma (25) of Rishi Nagar, suffered a fracture on the right hand and injuries all over his body.

He was ruing a visit to the house of his friend at Partap Singh Wala. He said his friend had some dispute with a property dealer, identified as Ravi Canadian.

The assailants laid a trap to thrash his friend, but thrashed him instead, he said. He added that when he reached the Partap Singh Wala chowk, armed assailants led by Ravi waylaid him.

He said besides guns, the assailants were equipped with sharp-edged weapons. “Before I could ask them the reason, they started thrashing me. I do not know then that I had a fracture. I was crying with pain,” he said.

“They took me somewhere and thrashed me more. They kept my belongings. They thought that I was dead and threw me out of a moving vehicle at the Partap Singh Wala chowk. Ravi was saying he wanted to thrash my friend, but beat me up instead,” he said.

Sandeep Sharma, elder brother of the victim, demanded strict action against the land mafia. The Haibowal police said the victim could not record his statement to the police as his condition was serious.



One held with 15-kg poppy husk, half-kg opium
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, July 10
The Sidhwan Bet police has arrested one drug peddler and seized 15 kilograms of poppy husk and 500 grams of opium from his possession. The accused has been identified as Jagdev Singh of Burj Hari Singh village, near Raikot.

Confirming the development, Jagraon sadar police station SHO Rachpal Singh revealed that the accused was arrested by a police team led by ASI Amarjit Singh, in charge of the Gidarwindi police chowki, following a tip-off.

According to the SHO, a police party lead by the ASI was patrolling the area when an informer gave information that a drug peddler riding a motorcycle was going to supply the drug at Manuke village, near Jagraon.

Giving details of the incident, the ASI stated that they set up a ‘naka’ on the Jagraon-Sidhwan Bet road.

After some time, the police party saw a person on a motorcycle coming from the Sidhwan Bet side and when the police signalled him to stop, he sped up, the ASI added.

This made the police suspicious and the team chased him and nabbed him at a distance, said the ASI.

When searched, the police recovered around 15 kilograms of poppy husk and 500 grams of opium from the bag he was carrying with him, he further said.

After this, the police seized the drugs, arrested the peddler and impounded the motorcycle used for supplying the drugs, he added.

A case was registered against the accused at the Sidhwan Bet police station and further investigations were on.

The police was now trying to find out where the accused had brought the drugs. The police produced the accused in a local court, which awarded one-day police remand.

A large number of drug peddlers had been active in the Sidhwan Bet area. In the recent past, the police had arrested a large number of drug peddlers from the area.



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