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Boy among 3 electrocuted
Two of the victims died after coming in contact with loose power cables
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service
Residents protest the death of Harkirat
Residents protest the death of Harkirat. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, July 11
Three persons, including a four-year-old child, were electrocuted in three separate incidents in the city here today. Twentythree-year-old Sunil of Thrike village got electrocuted while he was painting an electricity pole in Sukhmani Enclave near South City. He fell on the ground and died on the spot. The police is investigating the matter and trying to find the man who had hired him for the paint job.

In the second incident, Naresh Kumar, a resident of Salem Tabri, was electrocuted. Naresh, who worked at a sweets shop in Salem Tabri, got electrocuted after coming in contact with a loose high-voltage power cable. The Salem Tabri police has taken his body in its possession and sent it for postmortem. No case has been registered so far.

In the third incident, four-year-old Harkirat, a resident of a locality near the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), was electrocuted after he leaned close to a loose high-tension power cable that had fallen on a wall. The incident took place here this evening when Harkirat went out of the house to play after it stopped raining.

According to an eyewitness, Harkirat leaned against the wall and got electrocuted. The death of the child triggered a protest. Area councillor Sanjay Talwar and MLA Surinder Dawar staged a dharna and demanded strict action against erring power corporation employees, who they held responsible for the death of the child.


Hour-long rain floods city roads
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Two-wheelers stuck in rainwater were a common sight after the hour-long rain in Ludhiana on Wednesday
Two-wheelers stuck in rainwater were a common sight after the hour-long rain in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
A group of children splash in the rainwater at Bhadaur House in Ludhiana on Wednesday
A group of children splash in the rainwater at Bhadaur House in Ludhiana on Wednesday.

Ludhiana, July 11
It was the same old story in the city today. After a brief spell of rain, most roads, especially in the old city area, were flooded, causing inconvenience to residents.

The hour-long rain, which started at around 4 pm, inundated the roads in areas like Domoria Bridge, Chaura Bazaar, Mata Rani Chowk, Dholewal Chowk, Janakpuri, Old GT Road and Bhadaur House.

Even though MC officials claimed that rainwater had accumulated in these areas because they were low-lying, but over the years, the MC has failed to find any solution to the problem, exposing its preparedness for monsoon.

MC Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi had convened a meeting in this regard yesterday. Even though the officials had assured him that they were ready to tackle monsoon, they seemed less prepared today as well as on Saturday, when the city received heavy rain.

Commuters had to face a tough time crossing Domoria Bridge after water accumulated on one side of the bridge and two-wheelers got stuck. A traffic jam followed that made it even worse.

Ram Kumar, a resident of Lakkar Bazaar, said his scooter stopped in the middle of knee-deep water at the bridge. “I tried to increase the speed of my scooter, but it got stuck. I wasted half hour,” he said.

The place where the water accumulated at Mata Rani Chowk is only a few metres from the MC’s zone A office. PS Ghuman, MC Joint Commissioner and nodal officer for flood control measures, said as the old city areas were low-lying, water receded after some time. @@“We are continuously making efforts to make sure there is no water stagnation in the city,” he claimed.


Vehicles queue up in the Domoria Bridge area of Ludhiana on Wednesday Girls enjoy a rain walk. A resident tries to fix his scooter in the Domoria Bridge area
Vehicles queue up in the Domoria Bridge area of Ludhiana on Wednesday. photos: Inderjeet Verma
Girls enjoy a rain walk.
A resident tries to fix his scooter in the Domoria Bridge area



Unauthorised gas kits in vehicles, school vans go unchecked
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
The death of 14 persons after their van caught fire after a gas leakage in Prabudhnagar district of Uttar Pradesh has brought to the fore the menace of unauthorised gas kits in vehicles.

Several gas-run vehicles in the city are using cheap variants of gas kits and not the government-approved kits. With cheaper variants easily available in the market, people are installing these, unmindful of the risk.

Traffic police officials said LPG kits had been installed in a majority of old petrol vehicles. There was a very real risk of the driver or the occupants of the vehicle getting charred to death in case of a leakage.

But there is no data available either with the District Transport Office (DTO) or the police regarding such vehicles. Further, many illegal filling stations have mushroomed in and around the city, which are also providing LGP at cheaper rates.

In the past, the police had cracked its whip on several motor workshops which used to install illegal gas kits. With the police going lax, such workshops are again dotting the city. Only new cars coming with an LPG variant have been approved by the DTO, besides a handful of old vehicles that are registered with the transport office.

An official at the transport office admitted that if a car owner switched to LPG kit, it was mandatory to submit the details of the modification, but barring a handful of people, no one had visited the office for such entries.

Parents to blame as well

“The traffic police can check school vans that have opted for LPG. Van operators are to be blamed for it. In order to save a few bucks, they are putting the lives of innocent children at risk. Even parents are at fault. They should check how their children are being ferried to school.” — Kamaljit Soi, traffic expert

Drive launched

“We are aware of the tragedy that took place in UP. We have launched a special drive on the Sector 32 Chandigarh road, Ishmeet Chowk, Civil Lines and Kailash Chowk area to check unauthorised gas kits installed in vehicles. School vans were also checked during the drive.” — Beant Juneja, SHO (Traffic)

Schoolchildren at risk

Schoolchildren are at risk as a majority of school vans are being run on unauthorised gas kits. Auto experts say that such vehicles pose a grave threat to the lives of children as illegal kits can catch fire easily.



Tempo driver killed as man fires into air
Lovleen Bains

Sahnewal, July 11
The son of a former president of the tempo union allegedly shot a tempo driver of Kohara village at the tempo stand here this afternoon.

Official sources said Tejinder Singh Bhola, son of former president of the union, the late Magghar Singh, got off his tempo brandishing his .32 bore licensed revolver and fired into the fire. The bullet hit Jagdev Singh (42), who died on the spot. The victim is survived by his wife and two young sons.

Sources said the accused wanted to "snatch" the seat of president from his uncle Karnail Singh, and in order to spread panic, he reportedly resorted to this act of shooting.

SHO Kulwant Singh said: “The body has been sent to the Civil Hospital for postmortem and the search for the accused is on. On the statement of Parminder Singh, brother of the victim, a case under Section 302 of the IPC and Section 27 of the Arms Act has been registered against Tejinder Singh. It is yet to be ascertained if the accused was in an inebriated position when he committed the crime.”



47-year-old run over by train
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
A 47-year-old man was run over by a train while he was crossing a track near Dukh Nivaran Sahib here today. The incident took place here this morning when the victim, identified as Harinder Singh, a resident of Kucha No. 16 in Prem Nagar, was crossing the track.

He did not see the oncoming train and was run over by it. The GRP handed over the body to the deceased to his family after an autopsy was conducted at the Civil Hospital.



ncert books
Poor students have no access to internet
Online textbooks are of no use to children who cannot afford to have private connections
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
The availability of NCERT books online seems to be a mockery for the poor children who need these books, but do not have the access to Internet. And those who have the access, do not use the books because they can afford to purchase them.

"The free online access to education through tablets by the HRD Ministry and laptops by the state government are only empty promises," says Rahul, a teacher. They have posted the content online, but where is the free access to the Internet for the children, he says. Gurbir Singh, a schoolteacher said that it was ironical that the government had posted free books, but there was no free Internet access to these.

A teacher however said that there was little benefit of online books as the students who could afford online books had access to Internet, but purchased the books, so the primary purpose of having these books online was pretty much defeated.

Palak, a student said that she used NCERT books only as a complement to other reference book, and NCERT books were just a starting point.

Many of the principals however professed ignorance about the fact and many said that they didn't "need" the online NCERT books because these were available in hard copy. Some principals said that there were benefits of having these books online, in case of any shortage of the books. Vinay Kumar, Principal, Don Bosco School, said because the NCERT books were less expensive, taking a printout of the books was rather costly. But sometimes students could take the print out of some chapters in case of shortage of books at the beginning of the session.



PU senate poll
Contestants woo voters
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
With the Senate elections of Panjab University drawing near, those contesting for the graduate constituency are leaving no stone unturned to woo the voters. Some are either visiting the prospective voters personally, while others are conducting meetings to put forward their agenda.

Candidates who graduated from Panjab University five years ago or did their post graduation till 2011 are eligible to cast their vote. It is expected that nearly 50 candidates will be contesting the elections for 15 seats of the constituency.

"Some of the contestants from the city are interacting with voters through e-mail and social networking sites, others are going door-to-door. Others are taking help of audio-video techniques to talk about their achievements and plans in case they are elected to the Senate. The campaigning is in full swing," added Harpreet Singh, a PU graduate.

“I am regularly receiving intimations from those contesting for the graduate constituency in the forthcoming Senate elections of the PU. The contestants are trying hard to gain the support and even arranging meeting with the voters to discuss the important agendas to take up in the Senate in case they are elected. It is a tug of war between the contestants of this constituency and let's see who manages to garner support for the 15 seats,” said Manroop Singh, a PU passout.



Mercury to dip in the coming days
Met department says that rain will continue for next two to three days
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
The monsoon will knock the region in the next few days. The weathermen predict that with the onset of intermittent rain, the morning and evening temperatures will come down, giving relief to residents from the scorching heat.

Talking to The Tribune, Surinder Paul, director, weather department, Chandigarh, said that as per the weather predictions, rain will lash the region, covering almost the entire state. "It is just the onset of monsoon, it is difficult to predict how it will be behave later", said Paul.

Meanwhile, as per the records of the department of agricultural meteorology, Punjab Agriculture University (PAU), the minimum temperature has been hovering around 26.2 degrees Celsius while the maximum temperature has been 34.6 degrees Celsius. The morning relative humidity was 75 per cent while the evening humidity levels were 62 per cent.

With the rain pouring in the region, the residents have heaved a sigh of relief from the scorching heat. "The rain was awaited as we were fed up with the continuous hot weather. As per the predictions, if it rains for the next 48 hours or more, the temperatures will further come down, giving us some more relief", said Narinder Singh, a bank employee.

Expressing happiness over the rainfall, PAU Kisan Club president Pavittar Pal Singh Pangli said that farmers were waiting for the rain. "The rain is needed for the paddy sown in the fields. Transplantation of paddy, this season has already been late by about two weeks and shortage of power has also been a cause of concern. The farmers had to depend on gensets in the absence of power. If rain continues for another couple of days, many of our worries will be taken care of", said Pangli.

MC brainstorming to cope with flood-like situation

While the rain has given the residents and farmers a reason to smile, at the same time the district administration is worried with the flood-like situation in the city. Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari will hold a meeting with the officials of the departments concerned at Bachat Bhawan tomorrow. After the meeting, Tiwari along with the officials will visit Dhusi Bandh, Mattewara, Jamalpur Leli, Kasabad, Khera Bet and Madhepur. Besides, the MC officials will also visit and take stock of the situation near the nullah, Gurudwara Dukhniwaran Sahib, Bhadaur House and Saban Bazar.



No clear guidelines on community radio stations
Not easy for authorities
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
Though the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has asked various districts in Punjab to encourage "not-for-profit" organisations to set up community radio stations with a coverage area of around 10-kilometre radius, the authorities concerned feel that it is difficult to initiate the project in the absence of clear-cut guidelines from the ministry.

As per a letter from the ministry, community radio stations being run by NGOs, Trusts, educational institutions and krishi vigyan kendras had great potential to bring about significant positive social changes at the community level through programmes on health, education, empowerment and agriculture.

Supriya Sahu, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, had asked the authorities in Compendium-2012 to encourage organisations to arrange such programmes and provide support and encouragement to already functional community radio stations.

Priyank Bharti, Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner, said the matter had to be discussed in detail as there was no clarity, adding that technical competence and radio jockeys were required for the purpose.

"Those have to be 95 per cent run by NGOs. The arrangement of finances is to be taken care of. The basic infrastructure set-up has to be established. There are many issues which have to be clarified. We will talk to various persons to ask what run can be done best," said Bharti.

Rahul Tiwari, Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner, said a copy of Compendium-2012 was recently received by the department. "We will give it a try and convene a meeting on viability with certain NGOs, Trusts and other voluntary organisations," said Tiwari.



World Population Day observed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
A district-level function to observe the World Population Day was organised at the Civil Hospital here today. The function was presided over by Dr Subhash Batta, Civil Surgeon.

Different steps taken for controlling the increasing population were discussed and people who came to take part in the function were educated about the steps.

Dr Batta said the increasing population was a serious issue. “If our population keeps increasing at the same pace, the day is not far when human beings will turn enemies of each other.”

He added, “The only way of controlling the increasing population is adopting family planning measures. The state health department is educating the masses for adopting family planning measures.”

Dr Sanjeev Hans, Dr Kaushal Singh Saini and Satish Sachdeva, among others, also spoke on the occasion.



Family planning methods highlighted
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
On the occasion of the World Population Day, an awareness generation campaign was organised at the primary health centre in Kum Kalan today.

During the inaugural ceremony, Dr AS Chawla, senior medical officer, highlighted the advantages of practising family planning methods and their availability at various centres.

He advised ANMs and ASHA workers to identify and sensitise couples for adopting different family planning methods as they found appropriate.

Dr Amanpreet Kaur, medical officer, talked in detail about the benefits of permanent sterilisation methods like non-scalpel vasectomy and laparoscopic tubectomy.

Malkeet Kaur, lady health visitor, discussed other methods of family planning like condoms, oral pills and intra-uterine contraceptive devices for spacing between children and delaying the birth of the first child.

Dr Rajinder Gulati, paediatrician, advised lactating mothers to exclusively breastfeed the new-born for delaying the next pregnancy.

He added that if a mother breastfed the newborn exclusively for the first six months and had not started menstruating, the mother was protected against new pregnancy to the extent of 98 per cent.

This method of family planning was called lactation amenorrhea. By doing so, the mother would not only benefit the newborn with appropriate nutrition, but would also be able to space the family.

After the age of six months, breastfeeding gave less protection. At this age, all babies should have complementary food.

If a baby continued to breastfeed frequently, in addition to complementary food, the mother was partly protected against new pregnancy.

This partial protection could be useful if she was unable to use any other family planning method for social or other reasons.

The campaign was attended by ASHA workers, ANMs, pregnant women, lactating mothers and eligible couples. An exhibition on family planning methods was organised.



School students vow to spread awareness on overpopulation
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 11
Students of government and private-aided schools here and in surrounding localities have vowed to spread awareness about causes and consequences of overpopulation.

The oath was taken in response to a call given by heads and teachers while observing the World Population Day during morning assemblies at institutions today.

Students also exhibited their creativity through posters, charts, oration and poems during first two periods of the day.

Winning performers were felicitated by office-bearers and members of management committees and parent-teacher associations of the respective schools.

Shocked at the apprehension that India could figure on top in population by 2030 if drastic remedial measures were not taken immediately, students of senior classes swore to play an active role in educating the masses about the consequences of large families.

Krishna Rani, Balwinder Singh, Amarjit Kaur, Bhupinder Kaur and Pardeep Sharda, heads of various schools, said students gave a good response to awareness programmes conducted according to directions of the Director-General (school education).

"When they were told that children from small families had been performing better, they felt concerned and vowed to contribute to the movement," said Krishana Rani, principal of the Government Senior Secondary School at Bilaspur, and Pardeep Sharda, principal of the local MGMN Senior Secondary School.

Students realised that parents of children in large families usually failed to pay fee regularly and were poor in studies for lack of concern of parents, they said.

Chart, poster and cartoon making contests were organised at various government schools at Dehlon, Pohir, Jartoli, Guram, Butahri, Karamsar, Kilaraipur, Jarkhar, Bhutta and Kanganwal villages. A large number of students participated in declamation contests and poem recitation.



Publishing defaulters’ photos draws flak
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
Banks publishing pictures of couples who failed to repay a loan has drawn flak from the public. This practice has created panic among new borrowers, who fear if they fail to repay the loan amount, their image will be tarnished socially.

According to the new guidelines of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the banks have the authority to publish pictures of those who fail to repay the loan amount.

"Such guidelines are illegal and uncalled for. To check fraud, banks already have Credit Information Bureau of India Limited (CIBIL) from where banks can come to know about the defaulters of any bank," said Badish Jindal, president of the Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association (FOPSIA).

"All the banks have recently started pasting photos of those who have borrowed money from any bank and due to some reason have been unable to repay the loan. Most of these loans contain collateral and along with the notice of the auction, photographs of the borrower are published in newspapers. The photo of the borrower's spouse is also published. This is uncalled for," said Prateek Jain, another industrialist.

"Most of these loans come under the micro category and are fully covered with the collateral security and banks can easily sell the mortgaged property and recover the dues, but publishing the pictures of borrowers along with the auction notice is a criminal offence to sabotage the respect of the borrower. Large borrowers are not given this ill-treatment," added Jindal.

FOPSIA has condemned the RBI and has shot off a letter to the Prime Minister, seeking his intervention to amend the clause.



Excise and taxation dept detects bogus billing
Firm deals with tainted companies, causes Rs 21 lakh loss
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
The excise and taxation department has detected one firm in the city carrying out transactions with tainted firms, resulting in a loss of Rs 21 lakh to the state exchequer.

This is another case of bogus billing within a week of the department's claim of having unearthed 'hawala' rackets in Ludhiana, allegedly involving several thousand crores.

The Sham Enterprises, based at the Focal Point here, was found dealing with some of the firms which were either blacklisted or whose registration numbers were cancelled.

"After stock verification, we found that the said firm was indulging in sale and purchase with firms which were blacklisted by the department. We visited the premises and a stock verification was done. Discrepancies in bill books were found by the raiding team," said AETC HPS Ghotra.

"The said firm was found doing sale and purchase with firms which had been blacklisted by the department due to bogus billing. It went on to claim nearly Rs 21 lakh as input tax credit. We asked the firm proprietor to pay the amount, failing which a case would be registered against him," said the AETC.

Some forms from Mandi Gobindgarh had been found to be a part of this nexus, he said. Firms dealing in iron and steel were found issuing bills of hosiery goods, he added.

Some of the firms with which the transactions were being carried out by the Sham Enterprises included the Balaji Firms, the Ekam Sons and the Palak Enterprises.



SIT formed in abandoned infant case
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
The Jagraon police today formed a special investigating team (SIT) to find out the biological mother following reports that the infant that was kept in a small basket and spotted floating in the Sirhind branch canal near Sudhar here on July 9 was born to an unmarried woman at a nursing home located close to the canal in the Sudhar area.

Confirming the development, Ludhiana Rural SSP Gurpreet Singh Toor said, “Since it is a very sensitive case, it needs to be handled carefully. The SIT consists of Sandeep Wadhera, SHO of the Sudhar police station, SI Charanjit Kaur and the investigating officer. They will probe the matter and file a report. The statement of doctors who conducted the delivery at the nursing home will be recorded.”

Toor was all praise for Tariq Ali, who rescued the girl from the canal and offered her milk. “I admire the courage and bravery of Tariq. He will be honoured on August 15,” he said.

He further stated that the DNA of the child had been sent and action would be taken following the investigation. He said no one would be spared.

Sources said an elderly couple at Saholi village brought their daughter to the nursing home at Sudhar on July 9 after she complained of acute pain in the lower abdomen. The unwed woman delivered the child at the nursing home.

The nursing home authorities kept the infant 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.

Police sources today revealed that that the girl was having an affair with a youth of Rattowal village, near Sudhar, who was notorious for anti-social activities. The youth had a long list of crime cases. His father was murdered a few years ago.

Officials requesting anonymity said action would also be taken against the youth for putting the unwed girl and her parent in an embarrassing situation.



State govt to provide broadband connectivity to panchayats
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
The state government has asked various departments to express their views regarding creation of national optical fiber network (NOFN) for providing broadband connectivity to panchayats. In a letter written to about 10 departments, the Department of Governance Reforms, the government of Punjab has asked the departments to send their views within a week so that a meeting on the issue can be convened by the Chief Secretary.

The Director-cum-Special Secretary, Governance Reforms, said that in a recently issued letter, the Government of India had approved the scheme for creation of national optical fiber network (NOFN) as a national asset, for providing broadband connectivity to panchayats. The objective of the scheme was to extend the existing optical fibre network to panchayats by utilising the universal services obligation fund (USOF) and creating an institutional mechanism for the management and operation of NOFN.

If the broadband facility is provided to panchayats, the farmers will be able to access the net at a fast speed. Besides, they can see the prices prevailing in the markets across the state, country and the world. "Tomorrow if the government introduces web-based services, villagers will have an easy access to services due to broadband connectivity", said an official in the Higher Education Department, Chandigarh.

The particular letter has been issued to the Financial Commissioner, Rural Development and panchayats, principal secretaries- local government, housing and urban development, irrigation, higher education and languages and health and family welfare etc.



'Missing' youth was not kidnapped
Had gone to Bathinda with friends, but was unable to inform family
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, July 11
The incident of a youth suspected to have been kidnapped from Jagraon on Monday came to an end when the "victim" youth called his relatives and the police on Tuesday, informing them that he was not kidnapped, but had gone to Bathinda along with some friends for some urgent work. The youth identified as Amritpal Singh of Kotkapura, who works as a medical representative with an ayurvedic company, was visiting some relatives at Jagraon and reportedly went missing after some time.

As per information, after meeting his relatives, Amritpal took the bike of his relative, Avtar Singh, telling him that he was going to meet a friend. But when he did not return after a long time, his relatives got worried and tried to contact him on his mobile phone. But their repeated attempts to contact him failed to yield any result as his mobile phone was switched off. Panicking, his relatives approached the local police and lodged a complaint that Amritpal might have been kidnapped. The police started a search operation to locate the youth. The bike which Amritpal had borrowed from his relative was found parked on the roadside near the local bus stand.

Just as the police was proceeding to register a case of kidnapping against unknown persons, the youth contacted his relatives and informed them that he had gone to Bathinda along with some friends. He also told them that he could not inform them about this as his mobile phone got switched off because the battery had got discharged.

His relatives then informed the police and withdrew the complaint. Amritpal also spoke to the police and made it clear that he was not kidnapped. The SHO Jagraon, Surinder Singh, stated that the police had launched a massive operation to find the youth since it received a complaint from his relatives that they suspected he might have been kidnapped.

“We also recovered the bike which the youth had borrowed from his relative and started investigating the matter. But now the relatives of the youth have withdrawn their complaint,” he said.



Tipsy woman creates ruckus
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
A tipsy woman created a ruckus at the Midha chowk, near the Jawahar Nagar area, here today. She squatted on the road and blocked traffic.

She shouted on people and hurled abuses. She fell unconscious in the middle of the road. Residents gathered on the spot and called an ambulance.

She was rushed to the Civil Hospital, where she created a ruckus again. Her husband, working as sweeper with the municipal corporation, arrived at the hospital.

He said his wife was an alcoholic, but had never created a ruckus. She might have consumed some strong liquor, he added.



PPCB teams check 16 dyeing units
Both water, air pollution violations detected; samples sent for checking
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
The Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has carried out surprise checks at 16 dyeing industries in the city.

It has observed major water pollution violations at four and major air pollution violations at three units. Four teams have conducted the raids.

PPCB officials have also found minor water pollution violations at three and minor air pollution violations at four industries.

After noting down the observations, the PPCB has sent samples for checking and further action will be taken when the results are received.

Krunesh Garg, senior environment engineer, said water pollution violations were observed at the VK Woollen Mills in Industrial Area A, where the effluent treatment plant (ETP) was not working and they were discharging effluents into a sewer.

Such violations were also observed at the Sky Clothing in Phase 8 of the Focal Point, where the filtration plant was overflowing and housekeeping was poor, he said.

At the Jagdamba Spinning and Weaving Mills in Phase 6 of the Focal Point, the ETP was in a bad shape as its components were rusted and damaged, with discharge going into a sewer, he added.

At the Navdurga Dyeing House in Phase 8 of the Focal Point, ETP components were not working and the aeration system was not operational, Garg said.

PPCB officials observed air pollution violations at three industries. At the Rampal Scientific Dyers in Industrial Area A, sulphur dioxide analyser was not installed, he said.

At the SK Kohli Textile Industries in Phase 8 of the Focal Point, ducting from boiler to stack was rusted, he added.

At the Sham Texchem Private Limited in Phase 7 of the Focal Point, proper equipment was not installed, Garg said.

PPCB officials said surprise checks would continue in the near future. “We have collected samples. After we receive the reports, final notices will be sent to industries,” Garg stated.



Two injured in accident
Our Correspondent

Samrala, July 11
Two motorcycle-borne persons, including a woman, were injured in a road accident on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road here today.

Gurjant Singh of Gopalpur village and his relative Amandeep Kaur were going from Samrala towards the village.

When they neared Kapila service station, the motorcycle was hit by a speeding car, resulting in injuries to them.

They were rushed to the Civil Hospital here, where they were recovering and stated to be out of danger.



Divjot, Ridhi win paediatric quiz

Ludhiana, July 11
The “25 th IAP (Indian Academy of Paediatrics) Quiz for undergraduate students” was held at Dumra auditorium of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital here yesterday.

Four teams comprising Sudhanshu Mahajan and Shaifali Mahajan, Divjot Singh and Ridhi Sood, Aravdeep and Amit K Lall, Madhurima and Mohit from the MBBS Batch 2008 took part in the quiz, which focused on different aspects of pediatric diseases, their management and treatment.

Professor and head of pediatrics at DMCH, Dr Harmesh Singh Bains, who is a local co-ordinator of IAP Quiz handed over a list of 40 questions to principal Dr Daljit Singh, who conducted the quiz. Six rounds of questions were asked during the programme.

Professor of pediatrics Dr Praveen C Sobti said that basic objective of the quiz was to create an interest about the subject among the undergraduate medical students.

Divjot Singh and Ridhi Sood were declared the overall winners while of Sudhanshu Mahajan and Shaifali Mahajan stood second, Aravdeep and Amit K Lall and Madhurima and Mohit were third and fourth, respectively. — TNS



Add-on course in nutrition, cosmetology a hit among students
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
City people are obsessed with the way they look and do not mind spending extra bucks to get a perfect figure. There is no dearth of beauty clinics in the city while a number of diet and nutrition clinics have also found their way into the city. Seeing the mania among the city population, even students have started opting for add-on courses in cosmetology and nutrition.

"While doing graduation we have ample time and can do add-on courses side by side. Seeing the city's perspective towards beauty and diet, both the diplomas in cosmetology and dieticians and nutrition are a hit among the city students. My friends have also opted for these courses. I will be pursuing a diploma in nutrition as it will also help me in getting a good job," added Natasha, a student.

Dr Narinder Kaur Sandhu, principal, Ramgarhia Girls College, said both these add-on courses find maximum takers. "Since the people here have a fixation with the way their look, the students are also cashing in on the trend and going in for the courses, which ultimately help them in finding a good job," added she.

Adding another student, Gagan, who will be pursuing an add- on course in cosmetology said," Among the entire list of courses I found this one the best. This will not only enhance my knowledge but also help me in getting a good job profile. With so many big companies entering Ludhiana, the course will prove as an asset for me," she said.



pau notes
Child should finish work in stipulated time: Experts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
PAU experts gave tips for making homework interesting for children. Dr Ashu K Bajwa advised parents to monitor the school work of the child daily.

"Help the child finish his work in the stipulated time, which you have set for him as a parent," she added. She asked the parents not to yell or shout at the child if he or she was not showing interest towards his homework.

She impressed upon the parents to praise the child with good words, gestures, pat, etc. as this would motivate him to do his work with zeal and zest.

Dr Sukhminder Kaur advised the children to prepare a study plan. She told them that before starting the work, they should relax for about 30 minutes to an hour in order to have optimum level of energy. She told them that they could play soft music while doing their written assignment She asked them to finish home work that was the toughest and then go on to the easier ones.

She also emphasised that it was vital to have positive attitude towards homework.



From schools

Children enjoy indoor beach party

Ludhiana: Indoor beach party was organised in Rising Stars Playway School. A room was set up for a beach party and was decorated with beach towels, umbrellas, sand and seashells.Everyone was in the beach attire, sandles, flipflops, sunglasses, hats. Children enjoyed playing with sand and beach toys.

World Population Day

Showing concern over the grim scenario of population explosion, students of Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, Jalandhar Bye Pass, observed World Population Day. An inter-house poster making competition was held in which the students highlighted the problems related to overpopulation. They wrote captions and slogans like -“Minimise population”, “Minimise misery”, “Alert People”, “Control overpopulation”, “Stabilise Population For Better Living” and “Family Planning only Solution”. — TNS



From colleges

Farewell party

A farewell party was organised by the managing committee and members of the faculty to bid adieu to the officiating principal, Surinder Dua, who devoted 38 years of her life in the service of the institution and took it to great heights with her vision and tireless efforts. On the occasion, Punam Sareen, officiating principal of the college, highlighted her personal and professional achievements and recalled the moments shared together.

Debate contest

The Ludhiana management Association is organising a two-day long debate competition at the PCTE Group of Institutes. A debate will be organised on the British Parliament format under the supervision of Harpreet K Kang, dean ,international affairs, PCTE Group of Institutes, and her team of PCTE faculty members. In the debate, about 14 teams of various Industrial houses of Ludhiana will be participating. On the first day of the event, preliminary rounds, and semifinals will be organised at the PCTE and the final debate will be held at Hotel Majestic Park Plaza on July 13. Winners of the competition will be given attractive cash prizes.

Distance education programme

Punjab Technical University has launched a B.CoM (professional) and M.CoM (professional) courses under its distance education programme. The undergraduate and post-graduate degree programmes are to provide advantage to the industry as well as students and working professionals.

"The traditional B.CoM degree is just a class-room teaching of the accounting methodologies and laws. The course was designed at the time when the Indian economy had not thought of globalisation and FDIs. So, the scope of such curriculum is unable to match the current market scenario and requirements" said DS Sekhon, president, All-India PTU DEP Associates.

Results declared

Punjab Technical University (PTU), Jalandhar, has declared the results of MCA fourth semester May 2012 exam. Students of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus, have again proved their mettle by achieving 100 per cent result with first divisions. As many as 25 students have scored more than 70 per cent, 12 students have got more than 80per cent and one student has got 91 per cent marks. Swati Batra stood first with 91 per cent marks, Dolly Jain stood second with 88per cent and Shweta Aggarwal stood third with 86 per cent marks. — TNS



Ludhiana scan

A programme organised for the differently abled at Ek Jot Viklang School in Ludhiana
A programme organised for the differently abled at Ek Jot Viklang School in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Ek Jot Viklang School

A programme was organised at Ek Jot Viklang School at BRS Nagar. It was presided over by Ashok Dhir. Members from various organisations were present on the occasion. Dhir said that the school was running without the support of the government. He said that 12 children were adopted by different organisations of the city.

Sports officer takes charge

Kartar Sing Sehamby took the charge of the district sports officer in the city. He was the coach of the Punjab team during the Indo-Pak Punjab Games at Patiala and was the member of the organising committee during the coaching camp of the Indian Badminton Team, which took part in Thomas-Uber Cup in 2006. He had a coaching stint for 21 years at Jalandhar and Faridkot, earlier.

Grant to PAU

Lok Sabha MP Manish Tiwari gave grant worth Rs 2 lakh each for the boundary wall of the Government Model Senior Secondary School at the PAU and for the construction of a new building of Government Primary School at the PAU. He told the students about the importance of education and their responsibilities towards studies. He said that they could achieve goals in life only through education.- TNS



Man killed in road accident
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
A 41-year-old auto-rickshaw driver died and two others injured after being hit by an over-speeding vehicle at the traffic light on the Pakhowal road here today.

The deceased identified as Gurdeep Singh (41), a resident of Shaheed Karnail Singh Nagar, was visiting Bhai Bala Chowk along with his brother Gurpreet and son Monjot (14).

Suddenly, an over-speeding car from behind and hit the rear end of the auto-rickshaw. And the auto toppled.

While Gurpreet and Manjot sustained injuries, Gurdeep was thrown out of the vehicle on to the road.The victim died on the spot. However, the car driver managed to flee from the accident site.



2 held with banned pills
Our Correspondent

Amloh, July 11
The police has arrested Mukhtiar Singh, alias Bhola, of Amloh and Rajinder Kumar. It has seized 700 banned pills from the possession of the former and 1,000 pills from the latter.

ASI Ashok Kumar made the first seizure and ASI Sandeep Kumar the second.

The police registered separate cases against them.

One booked for fraud

The police has booked Amarbir Singh Ghulatti of Patiala on the statement of Charan Dass of Amloh.

Charan reported that Ghulatti took Rs 4,30,000 from him for the sale of a plot, but did not get it transferred.



House burgled
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
Thieves struck at the house of assistant district fire officer (ADFO) Kartar Singh at Shastri Nagar and decamped with cash and jewellery.

The ADFO and his family were currently visiting Canada. The incident came to light when neighbours saw locks broken. They informed the police.

Efforts were on to contact the ADFO. Led by Nirmal Singh, SHO of the Division 5 police station, a police party inspected the house.

The investigating officer said the exact loss would be ascertained after the arrival of the ADFO.



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