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Air fares set to rise
Travel agents to impose service tax of Rs 225
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Air passengers will now have to shell out more as travel agents have decided to impose a service tax of Rs 225 from July 16. The agents have decided to charge service tax as the service carriers have reduced their commission from 3 per cent to 1 per cent.

Sukhbir Singh, a travel agent, said: "We are left with no option, but to pass on the burden to passengers since our commission has been reduced."

Inderbir Kahlon, a local businessman who regularly boards domestic flights, remarked: "Travel agents should negotiate with the airline companies for their commission rather than passing the burden to customers. Since the airline companies have reduced their commission, they are passing the buck to the passengers, which is unfair."

Another city resident, Divya Aggarwal, said after the levy of service tax eating out and holidaying had already become expensive and now travel agents were also going to impose service tax, which would further shoot up fares. "Travelling and holidaying has become a costly affair now," she said.

Low-cost carriers are out of the preview as they do not pay commission to the agents and instead give them incentives on the number of tickets sold. Meanwhile, international airlines like Air France-KLM, British Airways and Lufthansa do not pay regular commission. Those who give commission include Cathay Pacific Airways, Gulf Air, and Emirates, among others.


Boy found dead near roadside
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Commuters were in for a shock when they spotted the body of a boy aged around 16 years at the roadside near Clock Tower here his morning.

The police said preliminary investigation suggested that the victim was stoned to death. The victim, who appears to be a ragpicker, suffered serious head injuries, which led to his death.

Sources said ragpickers often assemble near the Clock Tower area to distribute booty. It may have led to the killing of the boy. The police has sent the body to the Civil Hospital for postmortem.



Concern as mosquitoes multiply
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
With the onset of monsoon, breeding of mosquitoes is also on full swing, even in small potholes. Due to the rain, water has collected at various places. Some posh localities have also become a regular habitat of mosquitoes.

Large number of mosquitoes and their larvae can be seen at Ghumar Mandi, Kailash Chowk, Domria Bridge and Model Town, besides several schools.

A Sarabha Nagar resident, Vineet Kumar, said: "There's stagnant water everywhere, but no one comes to spray."

A resident of Civil Lines, Prem Lata, said: "The mosquitoes are visible in small clusters on stagnant water. The potholes should have been filled before the rains."

Meanwhile, district health officers say that teams of the anti-larva wing of the department was already on the work. The District Epidemologist, Dr Anil Verma, said: "Eighteen teams of the wing are spraying on stagnant water pools in the city and the peripheral areas. We had already sprayed Temiphos before the rains. It remains effective for seven days. We will start spraying Bacillus Thurin Lensis (BTI) from mid-July. It remains effective for 15 days on mosquitoes and the larvae."

He said Pyripherum spray was being undertaken in areas susceptible to dengue. "We spray it in 40 houses surrounding the house from where a dengue case has been reported."


Contact for spray
  • Anyone who comes across mosquitoes/larvae on stagnant water can contact the Civil Surgeon's office at 01612444193.
  • No fresh dengue case
  • No fresh dengue case was reported in the district on Thursday. So far, the district has recorded seven dengue patients, five from the city and two from the periphery.



Missing child recovered
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Eight-year-old Suraj, who got separated from his mother somewhere between the Saharanpur and Ambala railway stations on July 10, was recovered and handed over to his parents here today.

The child's father, Tirloki Yadav, had created panic two days ago, claiming that his son had been abducted from the Ambala railway station while his wife was sleeping.

Railway Protection Force personnel spotted the child and informed the authorities in Ludhiana. Suraj was handed over to representatives of Child Helpline in Ludhiana.

Suraj said when the train stopped at Ambala station, he got off the train to drink water. But soon, the train started moving. He spent some time at a tea stall, from where he was taken by the RPF men.



Two bodies recovered from canal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Panic spread in Ashapuri and the surrounding areas after the bodies of a man and a woman were recovered from Sidhwan Canal here today.
The bodies were spotted by commuters who informed the police. Initially, the police suspected that some lovers may have committed suicide or it may have been a case of honour killing.

But after the bodies were recovered, the police theory changed. The body of the woman was badly mutilated while the body of the man was not in a bad shape. It appeared that the woman had drowned nearly four days ago while the man had drowned recently. The bodies have been sent to the Civil Hospital for a postmortem.



Woman dies of burns; hunt to nab husband
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
A woman who set herself afire on July 6 succumbed to her injuries at a hospital here today. The victim identified as Amarjit Kaur, a resident of Guru Arjan Dev Nagar, had set herself afire after her husband Balwinder Singh Jacky allegedly thrashed her. She suffered serious burns.

The police had earlier booked her husband under Section 498 (A) of the IPC, but today it registered a case against him and her in-laws under Section 306 of the IPC. A search operation has been launched to nab the accused. Financial crisis and domestic violence were the reasons behind her death. Amarjit had got married nearly 13 years ago. She had a 10-year-old girl.

Her relatives said Balwinder, who was an autorickshaw driver, used to beat her up. Her in-laws used to blame her for their poor financial condition. She had even been forced to undergo illegal abortions in need for a son.

Gurcharan Singh, victim's brother, said at the time of the wedding, Balwinder was running a successful photo studio, but lost everything. Recently, he purchased an autorickshaw, but was spending all his earnings on liquor.



Parents continue protest
Object to Ryan School’s new shift system for Classes I & II
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Parents continue to be up in arms against the school authorities at Ryan International School against the newly introduced shift system for Classes I and II under which the students have to stay in the school till 3:00 pm. Parents gathered at the school today, and complained about the system due to which children reach home very late.

Parents said that earlier children would go to school at 7:30 am and return home around 3 pm, after the school got over at 2:00 pm. However, now children were returning home very late, they said.

Under the new system, according to Principal Parveena John, students of Classes I and II have been grouped with junior Montessori children. Their morning assembly is held with the Montessori children at 9:00 am.

"These students would act like seniors in their age-group, and as a result they would learn to take responsibility, become psychologically strong, and develop confidence," she said.

Although some parents were protesting against the new system, what were doing was for the betterment of the children, she said.

Parents, however, continued to protest since the start of the new system on June 9. "It is surprising that school for senior children gets over by 2:00 pm, while younger children aged 6-7 years have to stay in school till 3:00 pm, and reach home even more late," said a parent.

The principal, however, said that the number of hours the children had to stay in the school had in fact gotten reduced under the new system. Whereas, the children would earlier stay in the school for more than six hours, they now had to stay for lesser time, and reach the school at 9:00 am instead of 7.30 am, she said. The school was also working on new bus-routes to reduce the commuting time for children as well, she said.

"However, I have conveyed the dissatisfaction of parents to the senior authorities of the school. Whatever step we take, would be for the betterment of the children, as the new system is being implemented after a lot of planning and research," she said.



Gap-year postgraduate students denied admission
Lovleen Bains

Sahnewal, July 12
With Panjab University, Chandigarh, shifting to the semester system of examinations, students who completed their first year of postgraduation under the old system of annual examinations last year are presently not being given admission to the second year by colleges, due to lack of any instructions from the university regarding the mode of their admission.

"I did my first year of MA in the session 2010-11. Then I got admission in the BEd course as I thought it better to have a professional degree before I move towards my second year of postgraduation," said Harmeet, a student.

This year, however, when Harmeet went for admission in BA-II, the college said that since the semester system had been implemented, those students could not be admitted who had finished their first year when the annual system was being followed.

"This gave me a real set back and I am now in a tizzy. What is my fault in deciding to complete my professional degree first and then continue with my post graduation?" said Harmeet.

Amandeep, another such student, had to drop
out after completing first year of postgraduation due to adverse financial conditions.

"My circumstances got adverse last year as my father, the only bread winner of our family, met with an accident and got permanently impaired. Now, with the passage of time, when our financial position has improved, I thought of completing my masters. But when I went to the college, I was denied the same," said Amandeep.

Another student facing a similar problem said it was a rule that students could complete their postgraduation in five years duration, then how could they be left out?

"This is very wrong on the part of the university. We never had an inclination that we would be facing such serious hazard when we left for our BEd course. We just want our second year to be completed at any cost. If we are asked to start all over again, we would be ruined," said the student.

Dr Narinder Kaur Sandhu, principal of Ramgarhia Girls College, Ludhiana, said the college authorities were also caught up in a fix in the absence of any guidelines from the university. The college is neither in a position to admit students having a gap year nor could reject them out rightly as they had every right to complete their post graduation in five years, she said.

Dr Swaranjit Singh, principal of GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sudhar, said he was at Panjab University to clarify the matter. "We too are passing through tough time on account of this. Students are coming every day for admissions but we are presently in no position to admit them," he said

AK Bhandari, Controller Examinations, Panjab University, when contacted, said it was just a matter of time before the final decision was taken. A committee had been constituted for the purpose and the decision was shortly awaited. Then it would be put before the syndicate and intimated to the colleges thereafter, he said.

He said dual system, however, could not work; therefore, the gap year students would be admitted in the semester system after taking out an average of their score of the previous year.



Habit-forming drugs thrown inside jail premises
9,000 tablets seized; an inmate had ordered for them
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
In the latest incident, the Central Jail authorities seized around 9,000 habit -forming tablets that were thrown inside the jail premises here last evening.
The security guards spotted the contraband that was packed in a polythene bag. Sources in the jail said that an inmate who possesses a mobile phone had ordered for it.

RK Looma, Superintendent, Central Jail, said the incident took place at around 7.30pm when someone sitting outside the jail premises tossed the contraband inside 
the premises.

The polythene was thrown in the third block of the jail premises, said Loomba and further added that no FIR had been registered yet, but the senior officials have been intimated about the incident. 



Encroachments razed from Chandigarh Road
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, July 12
Carrying out the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court issued in the course of disposal of a civil writ petition to clear all encroachments on public roads, streets and parks, the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) today razed structures put up on the road berms, public streets and green belts in Sector 32-A on the Chandigarh Road here.

A team of GLADA officials, led by Estate Officer Jeet Ram, along with the police force went round in several areas of the colony and pulled down all encroachments on public land with the help of a bulldozer and the work force.

The anti-encroachment drive faced some resistance from the house owners and shopkeepers, but deft handling by the GLADA and police officials, saved the situation from taking an ugly turn.

GLADA Additional Chief Administrator Rupanjali Karthik said notices for clearing encroachments were served to some 2,500 property owners, giving them a week's time for acting at their own level.

"On expiry of the notice period, an elaborate clearance drive has been launched which is expected to last for the next couple of days. As per the HC directions, the property owners are also liable to pay a penalty of Rs 500 per day, if they fail to remove encroachments at their own level, and we will impose the penalty on those properties where GLADA had removed the encroachments or demolished structures," she said.

Jeet Ram said that in the course of the day-long operation, around 400 structures had been razed and encroachments cleared. "The anti-encroachment drive will take at least three to four days for completion in Sector 32-A alone and thereafter we will carry out the same in other areas under the administrative control of GLADA," he added.



Water-proof envelopes for Rakhi
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
To prevent the monsoon season from dampening the celebrations, the Department of Posts has launched water-proof rakhi envelopes for the upcoming festival.
The envelope has high-tear resistance and is available in different colours for Rs 7. "Rakhi" is written on the envelope along with the India Post logo. Swaraj Kaur, Senior Post Master at Head Post Office, said, "There is always a good sale of these envelopes.

The stock of envelopes gets completely sold every year. Being attractive and nicely printed, these are quite popular. Being water proof, these are quite safe as well during this rainy season."

Sakshi, a resident, said that she always sends rakhis is these envelopes, and also takes them for her friends, as these were not only well designed, but also reasonably priced. Such envelopes in the market would cost a lot more, she said. "I send rakhi to my brother in Delhi every year, and there is always this doubt about the envelope getting wet in the rainy season. This time around, I'll send rakhi in these water-proof envelopes, which also look beautiful," said Renu, another resident.

These envelopes would be reaching the city in a couple of days, said JP Meena, Deputy Post Master.



Seven injured in road mishap
Gurminder Singh Grewal

(Above) The Tempo traveller and the Swift car (below) that were involved in an accident on the Ludhiana-Ambala road, near Biza. Photos by writer

Biza, July 12
Seven persons, including children and women, were injured in a road accident when their Tempo traveller was hit by a speeding private bus on the Ludhiana- Ambala road in front of Gurdwara Sahib Manji Sahib, Kottann, near Biza.

As per information, a private company bus was going from Patiala to Ludhiana and when the bus reached on the bridge near Manji Sahib Kottan, the driver applied brakes on seeing some passengers. As the bus stopped all of a sudden, it hit a Swift car Makhan Singh, the driver of the car said. He was going to a private hospital in Doraha to get medicines for his kin.

After hitting the car, the bus rammed into the Tempo Traveller in which 15 passengers were travelling. These passengers were going to Amarnath shrine from Maharashtra. About seven persons, including two women and two children, were injured. The injured were rushed to Civil Hospital, Khanna,

The ambulance staff said, the injured were identified as Hari Nam Dev Patil, Saroj, Pamma Ram, Roshni, Vidya Dass Joshi, Ranesh and Bharat Sawant. Surjit Singh, chowki in charge, said that the police had registered a case of negligence against the bus driver who fled from the spot after the accident and the was impounded.



MC allots contracts for development works
Work worth Rs 2.39 crore to be carried out
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, July 12
The Jagraon Municipal Council finally awarded contracts for various development works to be carried out in the town in the coming months to different contractors yesterday.

The contracts were allotted during a meeting of the local municipal council held under officiating executive officer Shakti Jumar Kaushal at the council office today.

Development works will be carried out in the town at the cost of Rs 23,941,000 in the coming months. The municipal council had floated tenders for the development work through E-tendering some time ago.

Though the contracts against these tenders filed by different contractors were supposed to be awarded two days ago, but the municipal council had to postpone the allotment process till today because of the absence of the officiating executive officer.

As per the information, there were more than 12 registered contractors from Jagraon as well as other cities in fray for getting these contracts in their favour, but the contracts were allotted to only three contractors who had filed the tenders for these contracts at the minimum cost.

Out of total 12 development works to be carried out in the town, the contracts for eight were allotted to Moga-based contractor Maninderpal Singh Bali while one each was awarded to Rajesh Kumar and Rahul Bhardwaj. Besides, the tenders for one development work were cancelled due to lack of required documents while another one was not allotted as no contractor had applied for the work of laying underground pipes.

Kaushal said, the tenders for the two remaining development works would be floated again in the coming days.

A large number of contractors who had applied for these contracts were present during the allotment process along with their supporters, but all the contracts were awarded to three contractors and they had to return empty handed.

Apart from the offiociating executive officer, local municipal council president Baldev Krishan Dhir and ME Satpal Kaler were also present during the allotment process. 



Complete budget grant will be given to PAU: Punjab Finance Minister
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
The coordination committee of the three recognised associations of the Punjab Agricultural University, viz the PAU Teachers Association, the PAU Employees Union and the PAU Fourth Class Workers Union, met the Finance Minister of Punjab, Parminder Singh Dhindsa, and expressed their gratitude for a substantial increase in the budget allocation for the university. They, however, expressed their concern about the actual release of the budget allocation, especially the planned grant.

The chairman of the coordination committee and the PAUTA president, Dr Mukesh Siag, said the Finance Minister assured the delegation that the complete budget amount of Rs 189 crore would be given, and both non-planned and planned grant would be released on a monthly basis to ensure timely payment of salaries.

Vice-chairman of the coordination committee and president of the PAU Employees Union, Paramjit Singh Gill, said the case of arrears of employees was put before Dhindsa by all the executive members of the coordination committee. The Finance Minister assured the delegates that he would look into the pending case of 40 per cent arrears to the employees and get it processed at the earliest. The delegates also appealed to the Finance Minister to fill-up the 40 per cent vacant posts and to make appropriate budgetary provision for the pension requirements of the university. 



DC pulls up PSPCL officials
Tells officials not to leave station without permission during monsoon
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Seeking an explanation of officials concerned with the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) in the electrocution case of four-year-old Harkirat, who lost his life near the CMCH yesterday while leaning close to a loose high-tension power cable that had fallen on a wall, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Rahul Tiwari today warned PSPCL officials if such an incident took place in the future, they would have to pay for it.

"I am not going to spare anyone. If there is an error on your part, you will be held responsible for the laxity. Be ready to face action," he said. He was chairing a meeting of officials with various departments, including irrigation, health, police, municipal corporation, the PSPCL and animal husbandry, on flood-control measures at the Bachat Bhavan here.

Fixing responsibility on officials with various departments, Tiwari said no official could leave the station without his prior permission till the monsoon was over. In case of any violation, strict action would be taken against the erring official, he warned.

He asked officials to be ready with all required details as everything would be reviewed at the next meeting on flood-control measures. He later visited Khaira Bet, Mattewara, Kasabad, Jamalpur Leli and Maddepur Complex along the Sutlej with senior officials to take stock of the situation.

Instructions to depts

District food and supplies department: In case of a breach, the nodal officer must be ready at the point of evacuation with enough food stock, including rations, kerosene and tarpaulin. The DFSC should ensure everything.

Municipal corporation: The nodal officer must ensure that there is no problem in machinery reaching on time. MC officials should convene a meeting with XENs and SEs with GLADA, the PWD, irrigation and mandi board on total inventory.

Police: DCP Ashish Chaudhry and DSPs must put guards with wireless sets on vulnerable points so that they can alert the authorities on time. The drainage department cannot be relied on for everything.

Health department: Officials must reach the areas with medicine kits immediately. They should know how to reach the spot.

Animal husbandry department: Officials must be ready with enough cattle feed. They will be given short notice. They must arrange everything before time as the critical period will start after 10 days.

PSPCL: Officials must be in the field to ensure that no loose wires are dangling. Laxity will not be tolerated.



10 days after road cave-in, civic body yet to act
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

A view of the spot where the part of a road caved in at the Bal Singh Nagar in Ludhiana
A view of the spot where the part of a road caved in at the Bal Singh Nagar in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, July 12
It seems that municipal corporation (MC) officials are not concerned about the safety of residents. This can be judged from the fact that the portion of a road at the Bal Singh Nagar area of the Basti Jodhewal caved in almost 10 days back.

Even after repeated requests to the area councillor as well as to MC officials, the size of this crater was increasing with each passing day. The road was constructed in a “hush-hush” manner a few days before MC elections.

This road was constructed on the portion where a sewer line was laid a couple of months back. As per rules, it was preferable to wait for at least six months before constructing a road on a sewer line so that the road could be settled down properly.

In this case, the road was constructed a few months after laying the sewer line because MC elections were nearing. Around 10 days back, a portion of the road caved in, forming a crater, but MC officials remained ignorant till date.

Though MC officials kept visiting the area on one pretext or the other, they failed to take notice of this road cave-in or did nothing to repair it. A resident of the area, Mandeep Singh, rued that the area councillor as well as MC officials were informed several times, but it seemed that they were least bothered about the safety of residents.

“First it was a small crater, but slowly its width and depth was increasing. Our area witnesses a lot of industrial activity. If any loaded truck passes on this portion, any tragedy can take place,” he stated.

When contacted, MC zonal commissioner Kamlesh Bansal showed ignorance about any road cave-in at the Bal Singh Nagar, which was under his jurisdiction. “I will immediately send a team to repair this road,” he asserted.


Not the first time

It is not for the first time that the MC has put lives of residents in danger by ignoring such spots. A portion of the Old GT Road near the Clock Tower had caved in in April. Instead of taking corrective measures, MC officials cordoned off the spot by placing concrete slabs around it. This was done despite the fact that a resident of the area, Anup Sharma, brought the matter to the notice of senior MC officials on April 25. On May 14, a large portion of the same road at the same spot caved in. The MC had to spend Rs 25 lakh to repair it. Had MC officials acted on time, a major part of this public money could have been saved.



Cleaning of Budha Nullah incomplete
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Even as the monsoon has arrived, the municipal corporation (MC) is yet to complete the cleaning of the Budha nullah. MC officials can still be seen cleaning it using machines.

The nullah has always been a sensitive issue for the MC. Whenever it rains heavily, there are chances of it overflowing into localities nearby.

During the meeting on July 3, additional commissioner (technical) Kamlesh Bansal told the MC Commissioner that the drainage department had cleaned 70 per cent of the Budha nullah and the remaining work would be completed in the next one week.

This meeting was conductd so that the city did not face a flood-like situation, as was witnessed in mid-August last year.

A visit by the Ludhiana Tribune team to the Budha nullah near the Chand cinema revealed that MC officials were still cleaning the water body using machines.

PS Ghuman, MC joint commissioner, who was the nodal officer for flood-control measures, claimed that the work on cleaning the nullah was almost complete.

"We have taken all necessary measures and people residing in areas nearby need not worry," he claimed.

MC Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi visited the spot of the ongoing Ganda nullah covering project on July 6. He observed several shortcomings.

He found debris scattered near the Islam Ganj pully, besides others. He issued directions to officials concerned to sort out all shortcomings at the earliest.

Accompanied by senior MC officials, Jaggi visited the site again early this morning. In a press note, he claimed that most of the shortcomings had been sorted out.

"Directions have been issued to officials concerned to clear the remaining shortcomings," it was stated in the press note.

Jaggi also visited another nullah, from the Domoria bridge to the Sabun Bazaar. He directed officials to clean it at the earliest.

It was highlighted in these columns on Tuesday, after which the MC sprung into action. The MC Commissioner also told the staff to clean the nullah near the Transport Nagar.



20 MC employees turn out to be latecomers
MC zonal commissioner conducts check, issues show-cause notices to them
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Frequent complaints of residents regarding the non-availability of municipal corporation (MC) staff at their offices was found to be true when 20 employees of the Zone A branch were found absent from duty today.

A surprise check was carried out by MC zonal commissioner Kamlesh Bansal this morning. He was surprised to find latecomers, which included some senior staffers.

As per information, between 250 and 300 employees were working at different branches of Zone A, located near the Mata Rani chowk here.

Prominent latecomers included Rajiv Bharadwaj, superintendent of the tehbazaari branch; SK Gupta, deputy controller of finance and accounts; Baljit Singh, manager of Ludhiana City Bus Private Limited; Suraj Kumar and Vinod Duggal, inspectors at the house tax branch; and Gurcharan Bhagat, clerk at accounts branch.

Most latecomers were from the house tax branch, followed by the water
supply branch, the health branch and finally, the accounts branch.

Residents often complained that MC officials
at different branches remained absent from duty during working hours most of the time.

It had been observed that some staffers reached their offices late and left early. Bansal said the surprise check was conducted from 9 am to 9:30 am.

"All 20 employees reached office after 9:30 am. I issued show-cause notices to them to give them the chance to explain why they were late today," he said.

"If they fail to give satisfactory replies, strict action will be taken against them," he stated. He added that such surprise checks would be carried out on a regular basis in the future.



Skincare tips for monsoon
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
After a hot and sweaty summer, the monsoon comes as relief, but humid and damp weather takes a toll on the skin.
Some little tips and small changes in skincare routine can help have a glowing and disease-free skin during the monsoon.

Dr Alka Dogra, professor and head of the department of skin and venereal diseases at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, has said, "A lot of fungal infections, especially candida, occur between fingers, toes and groin, besides others, as moist and damp skin provides an easy ground for fungal infections. There is redness, itching and burning sensation."

She has said keeping the body dry is the basic tip to tackle infections. Experts suggest a number of tips for the monsoon.

*Switch to cotton clothes as those allow the body to breathe.

*Do not wear tight-fitting, synthetic or thick clothes like jeans as those do not dry easily and may make one prone to skin diseases.

*Use an anti-fungal powder on parts of the body that remain folded to keep those dry.

*Those who are diabetic need to take extra care of their feet. They should avoid walking barefoot or with wet shoes.

*Boils and bacterial infections occur commonly on the scalp, legs and breast, besides other parts. Keep the skin dry and bathe twice a day.

*Prickly heat or miliaria come as red rashes on chest, back and underarms, where clothes are tight. Synthetic clothes add to the problem. Wearing loose cotton provides relief.

*Generalised itching occurs all over the body, especially if a person goes without umbrella. Wet clothes cause itching. Wipe the area that gets wet immediately and keep the skin dry.

*A lot of telogen effluvium or hair-fall occurs in the monsoon. Seasons have an effect on hair growth, texture and volume. Allow damp hair to dry before tying it to prevent additional hair breakage and hair-fall.

*To circumvent allergies from mosquito-bite, wear full-sleeved clothes, use mosquito-repellent coils and remain in air-conditioned rooms.

*People with oily skin tend to have an oilier skin during the monsoon. They should scrub their face at least twice a week to remove dirt and grime. They should not wash their face excessively as it stimulates more oil production.

*People with dry skin tend to have a drier skin during the monsoon. They should use a good moisturising lotion after bathing and use a cream-based cleanser to keep the skin soft and supple.

*The use of sunscreens is important. People with oily skin should use water-based or gel-based sunscreens and those with dry skin should use cream-based sunscreens before stepping out in the sun.

*Use light and water-proof make-up to help skin breathe adequately.



Lawyers' strike enters second day
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, July 12
Showing their resentment against the UPA government for efforts to pass certain Bills allegedly against the interests of the legal fraternity, local lawyers continued their strike on the second day here today.

The District Bar Association (DBA) observed the strike following a call by the Bar Council of India (BCI).

DBA president Jagmohan Singh Warraich and vice-president Ashok Sharma claimed that the proposed legislations would harm the autonomy of the BCI, the apex body of lawyers.

If it was allowed, the legal fraternity would suffer, they added. They claimed that it was only a token strike to show their resentment.

Former BCI chairman BK Goel and former DBA president KR Sikri said the government wanted to bypass Advocates Act of 1961.

They claimed that it was was not the right thing to do. If the government wanted some changes, it should amend the Act, they added.

The strike hit working at courts. Government pleaders recorded the statements of witnesses, who would have to come again for cross-examination.



Industry discusses problems with Political Secy to Dy CM
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Representatives of various industrial circles yesterday discussed their problems with Kamal Sharma, Political Secretary to the Deputy Chief Minister, who promised to put forward their problems to the Chief Minister.

Industry representatives said the industry was forced to shift base from the state due to the non-friendly policies of the government.

"The power situation and late disposal of VAT refund is one of the major problems faced by us," said SS Rai, director of Hero Cycles.

DL Sharma, director of Vardhman Textiles Limited, said policies of the government were such that it had become difficult for old and new industries to survive.

Ludhiana handloom industry representative SC Ralhan said Punjab was facing a VAT refund problem.

"Some refunds are pending for the last two years, due to which small units were finding it difficult to invest in their ventures.

United Cycle Parts Manufacturers Association chairman Manjit Singh Khalsa said the power situation was alarming. "If things continue, the time will come when the entire industry will shift base from the state," he said.

"If the government wants industry to flourish, it should provide uninterrupted power supply," he added.



from schools
Poster-making activity

Ludhiana: Ryan International School, Dugri, organised a poster-making activity here on Thursday. Students were given various topics on environment. The purpose of the activity was to educate the students to love nature. Students made wonderful posters on the given topics.

NCC enrollment drive

An NCC enrollment drive was conducted at B.C.M Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar. The NCC enrollment service was for the students of class VIII (junior division) and class XI (senior division). A substantial number of cadets enrolled themselves and took pledge to perform their duties.A number of incentives motivated students to become cadets. Impressed by the zest and enthusiasm shown by students Paramjit Kaur, principal said "The drive will definitely develop qualities of character, discipline, secular outlook, spirit of adventure and the ideals of selfless service among the youth."

Vegetable modelling

Maple Bear Canadian Playway and Nursery School, Udham Singh Nagar, presented vegetable modelling by wearing cutouts of vegetables on Thursday. Children came dressed in colourful outfits wearing the cutouts brinjal, carrots, capsicum , ladyfinger, onion, tomato etc.The aim of the programme was to acquaint the children with vegetables and teach them to say "No to junk food."

Calligraphy contestA calligraphy competition was organised at D.A.V. Pakhowal Road, Ludhiana, for classes III to class X. Students were given motivational topics to write. They filled the competition sheets with their pearls of handwriting. Their aesthetic work impressed the judges a lot. Principal J.K. Sidhu appreciated the students for their perfect handwriting skills and also discussed the importance of good handwriting. — TNS



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Multiplex inaugurated

A new six-screen multiplex by PVR was launched at Silver Arc on Thursday. This is the second PVR in the city. Pramod Arora, group president, PVR, said more non-mainstream movies would be screened at the facility. He said that all the screens were 2K projection screen with 3-D enabled systems along with 7.1 Dolby Digital Sound.


Archies and Hallmark have entered into a license agreement, to open up Hallmark stores. Raghav Moolchandani from Hallmark who was present in the city on Thursday said that 17 such stores have been opened in the city and more stores are planned. He further said that they had planned to expand the retail footprint to more than 100 stores within three years.

Press conference

SK Rai of Ludhiana Sanskritik Samagam at a press conference.
SK Rai of Ludhiana Sanskritik Samagam at a press conference. photo: inderjeet verma

The Ludhiana Sanskritik Samagam organised a press conference on Thursday day. In August “Osage County” is going to be staged. Lilette, Dubey, Nita Vashisht, Suchitra Pillai and Sandhya Mridul are going to perform in the play.

Visit to schools

Prabhjot Singh Mand, labour commissioner, Punjab, on Thursday visited the National Child Labour Project (NCLP) School located at Ambedkar Nagar. Talking on the occasion, Mand said such schools were being run successfully in three cities of Punjab namely Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Amritsar. "The main aim behind setting up these schools is to provide higher education to the labour class so that they can earn their livelihood in a decent manner," said Mand. He expressed satisfaction over the infrastructure and the way school was being managed and said in the near future more such schools would be opened.

Transformer being installed

A 160-MVK transformer is being installed at the central zone 220-KV sub station Ferozepur Road, on July 13 by the PSPL to meet the requirement of power of residents. According to a press release issued by the Powercom, the initiative of would provide the solution to power cuts.


The Association for Democratic Rights organised a protest at the Mini Secretariat here on Thursday. The protest was led by the Prof. AK. Malari. He condemned the army action against the tribals. — TNS



Robbers flee with Rs 4.5 lakh
Had drugged petrol pump staff and ransacked safe vault
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 12
Some unidentified armed miscreants robbed Rs 4.5 lakh from a safe vault of a petrol pump situated along the Sirhind Canal near Butahri village, after drugging three employees of the pump yesterday.

The Dehlon police has initiated probe into the incident after registering an FIR under Sections 450 and 357 of the IPC against unknown persons.

Dr Tejinder Singh, a partner of the Gur Kanwar Filling Station, Butahri, informed the police that some armed miscreants had robbed Rs 4.5 lakh by breaking the safe vault anchored in the wall of a room situated at the petrol pump during the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday.

The incident came to light when passersby, including prospective customers, found all three employees of the petrol pump unconscious and various rooms ransacked in the morning on Wednesday.

A police team supervised by Amandeep Singh, SHO, Dehlon, visited and rescued the employees, including Amandeep Singh of Jhammat village, Ram Pal of Mansa district and Gurinder Singh.

It was only after the employees gained consciousness in the evening that the police registered a case.

The employees informed the police that the miscreants who were armed with pistols and a gun had rubbed some poisonous substance on them after which they became unconscious. The miscreants, who were equipped with tools to cut open the metallic sheet, broke into the innermost room and dislodged the safe from the wall.

Investigations further revealed that some miscreants had struck the same petrol pump on the same date last year too. However, they were not able to trace the robbers.



Three held with drugs
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, July 12
The Jagraon police has arrested and booked three persons in three incidents of drug peddling.
A police team led by ASI Avtar Singh arrested Baldev Singh, alias Debi, of Mullanpur Dakha.

The police recovered 2.7 grams of heroin from him. A police team led by ASI Mohammad Jamil arrested Sumit Kumar of Mullanpur Dakha. It recovered 8 grams of smack from his possession.

In the third incident, the Sudhar police arrested Lalit Kumar of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar in Ludhiana.

It seized one kilogram of opium from his possession following a tip-off.



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