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MC targets other areas
Notices already sent to violators, demolition drive to start from today 
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, March 7
After removing permanent encroachments from the Jawahar Nagar Camp locality and along Ferozepur Road from Jagraon Bridge to Sidhwan Canal, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has now chalked out an action plan to remove encroachments from other roads in the city. The drive will start from Friday.

Officials of the building branch of the MC confirmed that notices to all owners of residential and commercial properties, identified to have encroached upon the government land on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh Road, Jalandhar bypass to Samrala Chowk (GT Road) and at Sherpur Chowk, had already been issued.

“Some of the encroachments had already been removed and some have produced documentary proof of the ownership of the land on which the structures or extensions have been raised," said Monica Anand, assistant town planner of Zone B.

She said the drive to remove encroachments as per the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court would be initiated from tomorrow and all illegal buildings, structures and extensions in front of the residential and commercial properties would be removed.

Several residents and shopkeepers of the ‘now targeted’ roads say that a few influential and ‘politically connected’ persons were holding others to ransom by encroaching upon parts of service lanes or scheduled roads with the result that localities face congestion, flow of traffic is disrupted and no parking places are available to shopkeepers and their customers.

"The MC ought to have acted at its own to remove encroachments, but even the belated action is welcome if it provides relief to the residents," said Kulwinder Singh, a shopkeeper of the Samrala Road area. 


Woman hacks husband to death

Ludhiana, March 7
A 30-year-old truck driver was allegedly hacked to death by his wife at LIG flats on Chandigarh Road today.

The incident took place early this morning when the victim, identified as Gurmeet Singh, returned home in an inebriated condition and stated fighting with his wife, Darshna. The quarrel turned ugly when Gurmeet allegedly started beating up Darshna, who, in a fit of rage, stabbed the former in the neck with a sharp-edged weapon. Gurmeet died on the spot. Darshna informed the police after the incident. — TNS



Drunk man creates ruckus
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 7
High drama was witnesses at Rajpura Chowk near Lord Mahavira Homoeopathic Medical College this morning when a drunk man ran in front of bus ferrying 15 girl students of Bhutta College.

The driver of the bus, Jasdeep Singh, applied breaks and averted a mishap. The drunk man started abusing the driver and also smashed the windscreen of the bus with his liquor bottle. The girls on board the bus started screaming in fear.

Driver Jasdeep alight from the bus to overpower the drunk man, but the latter launched an attack on him. The passers-by came to the aid to the driver and the drunk man hid under the bus. He also sustained a head injury in the process.

He was rushed to the Civil Hospital from where he escaped. 



Girl foils rape bid, stabbed 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 7
A 20-yr-old girl was stabbed in the neck when she resisted a rape attempt on her at her residence in Makkar Colony, Dhanadari area, this evening.

The victim suffered serious injuries and was rushed to a hospital where here condition was stated to be critical.

The incident took place around 9 pm when she was alone at home. A man carrying a knife entered her one-room apartment and tried to rape her. She retaliated and in the process she injured her hand. Enraged over her resistance, the assailant stabbed her in the neck and fled.

The residents of the area spotted her lying in a pool of blood and rushed her to a hospital.

Man booked for rape

A city resident has been booked for raping a woman after offering her a drink laced with sedatives.

The accused has been identified as Preet, a resident of Akash Nagar. The complainant said the accused was her husband's friend. The victim divorced her husband, but Preet kept on visiting her house.

A few days ago, Preet offered her a cold drink laced with some sedatives to her. After consuming the drink, she fell unconscious and the accused allegedly raped her.

The police has registered a case under Sections 417, 376 and 342 of the IPC against the accused. 



Former ASI shot at over property dispute, four booked 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 7
A retired assistant sub-inspector (ASI) was shot at while his son, a Youth Akali Dal leader, had a miraculous escape after four persons barged in their office in Dharampura and opened fire.

The victim, identified 60-year-old Major Singh, sustained injuries on his shoulder and leg. He was rushed to a hospital where his condition is stated to be serious.

Deepinder Singh, the victim’s son, said the incident took place when Anup Singh, vice-president of the Ludhiana chapter of the SAD (Amritsar), and his three sons Major Singh, Parminder Singh and Karamjit Singh, barged in their office and fired four gunshots. Both Major Singh and Anup Singh are residents of Dharampura street No. 6 and both the groups are at loggerheads with each other over nine acres of land at Kakka Dholla village.

Anup Singh's relatives said Deepinder and Major Singh took Mohinder Singh to their office for settling the dispute. A heated argument ensued during the meeting. Major Singh snatched a pistol from Mohinder and shot himself on the shoulder and leg, said Anup Singh’s relatives.

The police has registered a case against Anup Singh, Mohinder Singh, Parminder Singh and Karamjit Singh. A hunt has been launched to nab the culprits. 



A salute to strength of women 
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, March 7
For these city-based women, Women's Day is just another day. Yet, in their quiet way, they manage to make it special. Their tribute to womanhood is their desire to lead a life of dignity despite all odds.

These gutsy women share with The Tribune reporters their stories.

Life is a delectable delight

Forty-eight-year-old Asha slogs it out every day to make a living. She prepares 'paranthas', tea for visitors at local sabzi mandis organised at different parts in the city on different days of the week. She has been doing this work for past 20 years. Her day is done past midnight and her morning starts early.

A smile plays on her lips when she takes a peep into her gratitude inventory: Her husband helps her in her culinary venture. One of her sons is pursuing BA and the other one is working as an apprentice at a local furniture shop. It's enough to keep her motivated to take her 'dukaan' (shop) to the next 'sabzi mandi'. It matters the least to her that her 'shop' is just a hand-driven cart!

A hard lesson

Gurdeep Kaur of Sunet village lost her husband to throat cancer last year and her 15-year-old daughter about two years ago. For two and a half years, she saw her husband fight the disease that eventually consumed him. The burden of these memories often makes her sad. But this has not weakened her resolve to take care of her family that includes her two sons - one is appearing for Class VIII exams and the other one, aged 5, is yet to start his schooling. This under-matriculate 35-year-old woman has only one concern - to earn an honest living. In winters, she managed to do some hosiery work. But now the season has ended. She's trying to get for herself some tailoring-related work like fixing buttons on shirts. "I am also trying my level best to get the job of a cook. I request good Samaritans to provide me an opportunity for any kind of honest livelihood," she pleads.

Life is a 'guarded' secret

In a sleepy town like Mullanpur, people are not easily awestruck. But Kirandeep Kaur, a security guard at a local mall, just has to slip into her uniform and she's a role model for simple village girls. The girls from her village in Mullanpur keep asking her about her job profile. And she proudly lists her duties. But there are tough days, too, when she's reminded of her gender and also the bias that accompanies it.

She shares her little secret: It was after her marriage that she took up this profession. Her husband is also a security guard. They go to work together, have their lunch together and in the evening return home together. There's another secret too. And it's that her uniform intimidates children!

It’s all about braving the odds

Suman, in her 40s, works at a local fastener-making factory. It is very difficult to run a household in the days of inflation, she says. "But I'm not the one who'll complain about short funds or meagre income. If I have both the ability and the opportunity to work, I have reason enough to be happy."

Working in extremely hot as well as cold conditions inside the factory, she has to stand for hours at a stretch. Due to the long working hours, her feet often get swollen. But when she visualises about her children's "bright" future, her discomfort vanishes and she's ready to work even harder. Her dream: Her children do not have to slog and toil; and they lead a comfortable life.



Rs 9-cr fuel bill pending
Petrol pump dealers give time to admn till Mar 31 to pay up
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, March 7
The Petrol Pump Dealers’ Association has served an ultimatum to the administration for the payment of the pending fuel bill till March 31. The association members alleged the police and civil departments owed around Rs 9 crore to the petrol pump owners.

Association president JP Khanna revealed this during a state-level meeting of the petrol pump dealers here. Khanna said the government officials, including the police department, had not paid bills for the fuel used by them.

"The administration has not paid even a single penny to the petrol pump dealers despite repeated demands in the past one year," said Khanna.

"We have decided if the administration fails to pay the bills till the end of March, the petrol pumps throughout the state will stop supplying fuel to the government officials," said the association president.

There were 2,700 petrol pumps in Punjab and the dealers of around 800 petrol pumps had already stopped providing fuel to the government officials, he said.

“Petrol pump dealers buy fuel by taking loans from banks, but due to the non-payment of bills, the petrol pump owners are incurring huge losses," said Khanna.

Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, Rahul Tiwari, when contacted, stated: "We release the payment to the petrol pump dealers time to time. We will release the pending payment as soon as the state government releases it." 



Industrialists accuse power corp officials of unauthorised billing at Mandi Ahmedgarh
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 7
Accusing officials of the local office of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited of harassing them by demanding a huge bill on the pretext of advance consumption deposit, the middle-scale industrial consumers have urged the higher authorities to intervene. They have also sought an inquiry into the matter.

Denying the allegations, SDO (City) Upinder Singh said additions were made to the bills according to a list received from the billing center. “The same will be rectified in case consumers approach us with receipts proving payment of the deposit made earlier,” he said.

Consumers led by Vijay Goyal, vice-president of the district unit of BJP, alleged the “unauthorised” move had upset the financial management of consumers, resulting in corruption as some agents had offered to get the bills rectified by paying bribes to the officials concerned.

"A hidden agenda of extracting money from consumers is clear from the stand of the senior officials that individual consumers should come and get the bills rectified. Had they been sincere about removing corruption, they would have directed the officials to rectify the bills after checking the records," said Goyal.

Citing his own case, Goyal said he had been asked to pay an amount of Rs 71,919 as the advance consumption deposit when he had already paid Rs 35,554 in December, 2011.



District Congress gears up for Parliamentary polls
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 7
The District Congress has begun preparations for the 2014 Parliamentary polls. As part of preparations, the party is starting a mass contact programme here. The public would be apprised of the "people-friendly schemes" initiated by the UPA at the Centre, said the District Congress Committee, Ludhiana (Urban), president Pawan Dewan, while addressing the party block presidents today.

Flaying the state government for "taking credit" for various schemes initiated by the Centre, he said the people of Punjab were unhappy with the Akali-BJP governance.

The Congress leader in the Municipal Corporation, Hemraj Aggarwal, said all the party councillors would work along with the District Congress for the mass contact programme.

BJP announces new office-bearers

Meanwhile, the District BJP today announced its office-bearers. Ramesh Sharma and Sunil Modgill have been nominated as the general secretaries of the district unit, while the post of the vice-president is being shared by Pushpinder Single, Harish Tandon, Jatinder Mittal, Sarabjit Singh Kaka, Rajinder Singh Hans, and Rajeshwari Gosain.



High drama at factory

Ludhiana, March 07
Work was stalled at a factory unit near Samrala Chowk on NH-1 after a woman employee accused a fellow employee of making sexual advances towards her.

Workers demanded action against the erring male employee. The matter was resolved following the intervention of the factory owner. The police that came to arrest the erring employee was sent back after the woman refused to lodge a complaint. — TNS



Free healthcare for slum dwellers
Tribune New Service

Ludhiana, March 7
Slum dwellers in the state will now get free healthcare facilities at regular medical check-up camps.

Revealing this, the newly elected general secretary of the Punjab Medical Representative Association said, "People living in slums lack proper medical facilities. So we have decided to hold medical check-up camps in slums, where residents will be provided free testing facilities and medicines."

The newly elected president of the Ludhiana unit, Manjit Singh Saini, said, "We will start this facility from Ludhiana and will gradually cover all districts of Punjab."

Saini also informed that the general body meeting of the Ludhiana Unit will be held on March 13.



It’s homecoming for Prof Rajinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 7
Principal Rajinder Singh is busy signing documents on the first day of his joining the principal’s office at SCD Government College. "A lot of work was pending," he says.

Till last year he was Prof Rajinder Singh, head of the English department at the college, before getting promoted to the post of principal at the government college in Mansa.

He is happy to be back at the SCD Government College; this time as the principal. He not only taught at the college for 32 years, but also completed his postgraduation from here in 1973-75. From studying to teaching at the college to now leading it, it has been a wonderful journey, he says.

He wants to take the college forward. "I want to improve the academic atmosphere of the college,” he says, before getting back to work.



Agro-forestry in focus at PAU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 7
Deliberations on various aspects of agro-forestry such as planting techniques and disease management were held during a two-day workshop on the role of farmer fairs in the sustainable supply of wood to industries at Punjab Agricultural University.

The workshop witnessed discussions on silviculture, management of agro-forestry species and development of marketing system for agro-forestry products. Experts from the PAU and Forest Research Institute, Dehradun, addressed queries of the participating farmers. The chief guest of the valedictory function, Dr SP Singh, emphasised on the organisation of more interactions between tree growers, industry, and research institutes.

Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, said the Punjab government was making efforts to promote crop diversification in the state, and agro-forestry was its essential part.



City forgets its son
Acclaimed poet Sahir Ludhianvi's birth anniversary today
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

The foundation stone of the Sahir Ludhianvi Cultural Centre near Pakhowal Road.
The foundation stone of the Sahir Ludhianvi Cultural Centre near Pakhowal Road. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, March 7
"Masroof zamana mere liye kyon waqt apna barbad kare". The lines, written by acclaimed poet Sahir Ludhianvi, have ironically come true.

Only a few city residents know that the 92nd birth anniversary of the legendary poet falls on March 8. An annual mushaira organised by Adeeb International in memory of the poet is the only event held in his remembrance. The event is held in March every year.

Dr Kewal Dheer, chairman of Adeeb International, said, "People love his songs, but the sad part is that not many in the city are aware that he belonged to the city. We organise mushaira in his memory every year. The government has completely forgotten the great poet," he lamented.

The state government had announced that a Sahir Ludhianvi cultural centre would be set up in his memory near Pakhowal Road in 1992 as a tribute to the poet, the foundation stone of which still stands there, but the project was ultimately shelved. "In March 1995, Beant Singh, former Chief Minister of the state, laid the foundation stone of the centre. But after Beant Singh's assassination, the government changed and the project was scraped," stated Dheer. The then Mayor of Ludhiana, Chaudhary Satya Prakash announced that the road between Fountain Chowk and Rose Garden would be named after the poet's name.

A signboard was put up on the road which no longer exists today. Not many know that Government College Road is actually Sahir Ludhianvi Road. 



MC’s maiden meeting put off
Councillors want to be part of shobha yatra on Shivratri eve 
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, March 7
The maiden meeting of the MC General House scheduled for March 9, has been put off at the last minute due to the intervention of several councillors.

They said they were to take part in a shobha yatra to be taken out on the eve of Maha Shivratri in the city.

City Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwadia said the meeting would not take place as per schedule as they didn't want to hurt the religious feelings of the elected members of the house.

However, he said a formal decision to postpone the meeting would be held in the evening tomorrow.

Even though no major projects or items were included on the agenda to be tabled in the meeting, which was to be held for the first time after the General House was formally constituted in September last year, it was learnt that the councillors from the ruling party as well as the opposition parties were looking forward to the event to vent their frustration and disgust over the slow pace of development and stalled development projects.

As per the agenda, the house was to ratify the proceedings of meetings of the Finance and Contracts Committee (F&CC) and approve proposals seeking a Rs 100-crore term loan from Canara Bank and another loan of Rs 453.06 crore for infrastructure, sewerage and other development projects.

Among other proposals to be put before the house were filling of vacant posts, recruitment on compassionate grounds, court cases, outdoor advertisement policy 2012, approval to sale of shops in Jawaddi market and payment of rent for the space taken for night shelter from the zila parishad.

Refusing to be dragged into the issue of the postponement of the meeting on the pretext of the shobha yatra, a couple of Congress councillors said the first meeting of the house was called after they had built up immense pressure and had to even stage a protest dharna against the MC top brass.

"In the wake of poor track record of the MC with regard to stalled development projects and delivery of civic amenities, the administration, it seems, is scared of facing the house. Not only the councillors from the main opposition party (Congress) but most of those from the ruling coalition are disillusioned with the performance of the civic body," they claimed.



Industry pins high hopes on government
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 7
The industry has pinned high hopes on the government. It has raised several demands ahead of the state budget.

Members of the Knitwear Club stated that there should be an exhibition centre in the city. In the absence of a spacious place, the industrialists have to install temporary set-ups to organise exhibitions.

"The industrialists don't get VAT refunds within a stipulated time and face many problems. The process of providing the details of A-D party should be abolished," said Vinod Thapar, chairman of the Knitwear Club.

"Effluent treatment plants should be installed area wise," said Darshan Dawar, president, Knitwear Club.

The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Punjab stated, "VAT on food should be waived in Punjab," said Manjit Nagpal, president of the association.

Amarvir Singh, general secretary of the association, said luxury tax on hotel rooms should be reduced to 2 per cent from the present 8 per cent.

Cycle makers submit memorandum

The United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association has submitted a memorandum to the Regional Joint Director, Foreign Trade, Darshan Singh, regarding the foreign trade policy.

Gurmeet Singh Kular, president of the association, said duty free replenishment of inputs had benefited traders in bringing Indian manufacturers exporters/merchants exporters on a par with their global competitors both price wise and quality wise.

“The fact that the validity of such import authorisations has been reduced from existing 24 months to 18 months is totally impractical," said Kular.

“Recently, the government scrapped all in-house stuffing of the exporters/manufacturers.

The permission is now being granted by the central excise office to manufacturers," Kular said, adding that the process of seeking permission should be simplified.

The members of the association said India was the major producer of bicycle and parts. "The cheap imports of bicycle and parts are  posing a threat to the existence of the industry. The cycle industry has requested the government to increase the import duty on complete bicycles to 50 per cent and on parts to 40 per cent so that their problems are solved," they said. 



Fire dept staff serve notice on civic body 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 7
Overburdened with additional duty and long working hours, the employees of the fire department of the Municipal Corporation today served a fresh demand notice on the civic body.

They threatened that they would adopt a path of agitation if a policy decision for the improvement of their working conditions was not taken within the next 10 days.

Led by activists of the Municipal Fire Brigade Union, a deputation of firefighters met MC Additional Commissioner Devinder Singh to apprise him of the pathetic conditions that the employees were working in.

Earlier, the union had submitted a memorandum to the authorities through the Assistant Divisional Fire Officer, asking for an eight-hour working shift.

Most of the firefighters are made to work for 12 hours everyday.

The union members pointed out that the 15 days' time given for the fulfilment of their demand had lapsed and the authorities had neither considered the demand nor any assurance to this effect was given to the affected firefighters.

President of the union Atish Rai said the employees were determined to wage a battle to seek justice. "If the authorities fail to take note of our demands within 10 days and take remedial steps, the MC fire staff will have to seek other recourse," he said.



MC fails to plug manholes
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 7
Officials of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation while cleaning a sewer line on Ferozepur Road opened a manhole cover in such a manner that it could have led to a fatal accident.
An open manhole on Ferozepur Road in Ludhiana.
An open manhole on Ferozepur Road in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

It is not for the first time that the MC officials have put the lives of city residents in danger. The officials later claimed that the cover was not removed by their staff.

Ferozepur Road is one the busiest roads of the city.

In February 2011, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation had decided to get an FIR registered against those who hired private contractors to get the sewer lines cleaned without their permission.

Two MC employees had lost their lives while trying to open a sewer line in the Bhagwan Chowk area of the city.

Another person died in the Haibowal area in July last year. After the February 2011 incident, the senior MC officials had issued orders stating that those found cleaning a sewer line without taking permission from the higher officials would be suspended.

The employees were told not to enter a manhole without safety kits. Ravinder Garg, Executive Engineer, operations and maintenance branch, MC, claimed that some private contractors had opened the manhole cover.

"I sent my staff to the spot but by that time the persons who had opened the manhole cover had left. Later, we came to know that a prominent businessman of the area had hired some persons to clear the sewer line," he claimed.



From schools

Annual concert
Children wait for their performance during the annual concert at Cherrylane Playschool in Ludhiana.
Children wait for their performance during the annual concert at Cherrylane Playschool in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana: Cherrylane Playschool celebrated its seventh annual concert "Nature comes alive" with much fanfare. Children presented a colourful cultural programme after a month-long rigorous practice under the guidance of a professional choreographer. The programme started with prayers. Sukhdevika stole the show with her welcome speech. The function proceeded with dance performances on songs including "ande ka fanda", "beetey kal se" and "gangnam style". Students captivated audience with their acting prowess in two skits based on stories "Lost sparrow and mother" and "Thirsty crow".

Healthy tiffin competition

To teach students importance of a healthy diet, a healthy tiffin competition was held at Guru Nanak Public School, Birmi. The kindergarten students presented dishes along with their recipes and menu cards. Excellently garnished food, colourful pullao, sprouted salads, honey-laden fruits, vegetable sandwiches, cutlets, etc. were exhibited during the competition. Armaanpreet Singh (Nursery-A), Naaz Kaur Gill (Nursery-B), Gursahilpreet Singh (LKG-A), Manraj Singh (LKG-B), Ranveer Singh and Harnoor Wahla (UKG-A), Harsimran Kaur and Harjap Kaur (UKG-B) clinched the first position in their respective classes.

Butterfly Day

Students of Montessori section celebrated Butterfly Day at Ryan International School, Jamalpur. A special butterfly garden was created using real and artificial flowers and cutouts of colourful butterflies sucking nectar. The student dressed up in their colourful attires with glittering wings and fancy antennas visited the garden and enjoyed the ambience. Later, assisted by their teacher, they made beautiful cutouts of tiny butterflies. Principal Parveena John said: " We see to it that children bloom like flowers and express their creativity.”

Children take part in pageant

Competing for the title of Mr and Ms Cherryfields 2013, children sashayed down the ramp in the school lawns. Practising for the past month on various western musical numbers and selected Hindi songs, the children were a delight to watch. Gurveer Singh was declared Mr Cherryfields, while Arshpreet Kaur was crowned Ms Cherryfields. Other winners included Madhav Sharma and Harleen Kaur (Mr and Ms Intelligent), Gurman and Neitra (Mr and Ms Active), and Gurdit and Kritika (Mr and Ms Poetry).

Seminar held

Ivanna Brain Buddy held a special dermatoglyphics seminar for the parents and grandparents at Tiny Tots Nursery School. All the parents were told about brain decoding, multiple intelligences, personality type, learning style, acquiring style, IQ, EQ, AQ and CQ of their children. Recognising the child's difference from other siblings and parents can lead to a better parenting, said experts. Early recognition of the behavior pattern and personality type of a child can make the parents and teachers understand and guide the child in a better manner, they said. Parents showed keen interest in all the information given to them. — TNS



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Lawyers strike work in city
Lawyers burn an effigy of the Chandigarh Police in Ludhiana on Thursday.
Lawyers burn an effigy of the Chandigarh Police in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Showing resentment against the action taken against their colleagues in Chandigarh while they were going to present a memorandum to the Governor, Ludhiana-based lawyers observed a strike on Thursday. The District Bar Association president Jagmohan Singh Warraich, vice-president Ashok Sharma, joint secretary Aman Sharma and other office-bearers visited various courts, urging the judicial officers to cooperate with them. Leaders claimed the strike was successful as there was a strong resentment among the legal fraternity against the “haste and harsh” action of the Chandigarh Police. Lawyers also burnt the effigy of the Chandigarh Police in the court complex.

559 patients examined

As many as 559 confirmed cancer patients were examined at the Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital during the second phase of the cancer awareness campaign. Disclosing this, assistant civil surgeon Dr Kaushal Saini said: "During the first phase of the campaign, we received 3,169 confirmed cancer patients. Out of these, 559 have been examined and advised about the required treatment.”

Biomedical waste

IMA, Ludhiana, and Punjab Pollution Control Board organised seminar on biomedical waste management. Ravinder Singh, chairman, Punjab Pollution Control Board, was the chief guest on the occasion. Experts from PPCB, Patiala, gave a presentation on the topic covering the segregation, collection and disposal of the medical waste.

Pain management clinic inaugurated

A pain management clinic was inaugurated at the private OPD of the DMC Hospital. It will be offering a comprehensive range of services for patients suffering from an acute or chronic pain. Dr Sunil Katyal said pain was a complicated, debilitating medical, economic and social problem that affected physical and mental well being.

World Kidney Day

The department of nephrology at Christian Medical College will be organising a kidney health camp at its OPD from 8 am to 11 am on March 9. It will include free registration, nephrology and diet consultation, screening of urine and blood tests and health education.

Office-bearers inducted

The new office-bearers of the Lodhi Club took charge on Thursday. Manoj Gupta was inducted as the general secretary. Vikas Dua is the bar secretary, Swarnjit Singh Sethi is the sports secretary, Pawan Garg is the cultural secretary and Ripudaman is the mess secretary. Vipan Singhania was inducted as the joint secretary, while Amarpreet Kaur Walia and Avinash Jindal are executive members. Yogesh Gupta joined as the vice-president and Nitin Mahajan as the finance secretary.

Heart care services for children

SPS Apollo Hospitals has launched a dedicated paediatric cardiology department to offer specialised heart care services to children. The announcement was made by Dr Kapil Chib, deputy director, medical services.

Rare surgery

Christian Medical College and Hospital has performed a rare surgery of a 3-year-old girl who was suffering from continuous pain in the lower abdomen and urinary infection for the past three months. Investigations revealed there was a 2.5-cm long and 1.5-cm thick stone obstructing the flow of urine from the left kidney to the urinary bladder.

PWD workers protest

A protest was staged by the PWD Talmail Sangharsh Committee. Sukhdev Singh, convenor of the committee, said in case their long-pending demands were not met, they would intensify the protest.


A meeting of Punjab Field and Workshop Workers’ Union was held on Thursday. Workers discussed their unfulfilled demands including regularisation of Class IV employees and introduction of pension scheme.

Teachers meet

Different teachers’ organisations held a meeting regarding the mid-day meal scheme. Teachers said their main job was to teach students and not to cook food. The contractor was responsible for providing the mid-day meal, they said.

Auto expo begins

A three-day auto expo kick started on Thursday. The event was inaugurated by Charanjit Singh Atwal, Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha. The event is being jointly organised by the MSME Development Institute and Auto Parts Manufacturers Association. Nearly 225 exhibitors displayed their products including auto parts and hand tools. A seminar will also be conducted to explain the procurement policy and procedures. Technical sessions on energy efficiency and bar coding will also be conducted during the programme.

Self defence training

The women wing of Congress gave martial arts training to the girl students. Indian School of Martial Arts chief coach Narinder Sharma said in today's world every girl was marching ahead in every field, so they needed to be fully independent. Self defence training was very important at the school level, he said.

Auto drivers air grievances

Auto rickshaw drivers had a meeting near the bus stand on Thursday. They alleged they had to face a lot of inconvenience as the traffic police and the Municipal Corporation officials repeatedly challaned and fined them. "There are no clear signs regarding parking on roads. The traffic police fines up to Rs 500 on the ground of wrong parking," alleged Om Prakash, one of the auto-rickshaw drivers.

Maha Shivratri

Additional Deputy Commissioner Dr Neru Katial has imposed Section 144 of the CrPC on the occasion of Maha Shivratri on March 10. All vends selling meat and slaughter houses will remain closed. A ban has also been imposed on the cooking of non-vegetarian food in hotels and dhabas. — TNS

Two samples of mid-day meal collected

Following the instructions of Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari and Civil Surgeon Dr Subhash Batta, a team of the Health Department today collected two samples of the mid-day meal from the central kitchen. Food Safety Officer Ravinder Garg said samples of curry and rice were sent for testing. Recently, the department had received many complaints regarding the poor quality of food being served under the mid-day meal scheme. Following this, the Deputy Commissioner instructed the Civil Surgeon to ensure that one official was deputed at the central kitchen. The official will certify that the food was cooked in hygienic conditions and was fit for consumption  of students.



Theft at house
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 7
Thieves struck at a house in at Field Ganj Kutcha No.12 and decamped with Rs 30,000 in cash and a gold ornaments, a laptop and a camera.

Jaspreet Singh, the owner of the house, woke up to find the house ransacked.

He informed the police about the incident. He said thieves entered the house from the rooftop. A case has been registered.

Security guard thrashed

Youths beat up a security guard at Punjab Agricultural University after they were denied entry into the campus.

The security guard at gate number 4 asked the youths to show him their identity cards.

They youths started arguing with the guard and thrashed him.

The guard filed a complaint against the youths. Both the parties reached a compromise. 



2 juveniles caught retrieving stolen items
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana March 7
Two juveniles were caught stealing sanitary items from the maintenance store at Punjab Agricultural University.

The PAU authorities said they were checking the record to ascertain the exact number of stolen items.

A few days ago, a pensioner had found sanitary items lying in a vacant area. He informed the security guards about it. When the juveniles came to collect the items, the guards nabbed them.

PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, visited the spot yesterday.

He was accompanied by Estate Officer Jaskaran Singh and PAU Registrar.

Sources said the records showed that the stolen items had already been used for renovation purposes.

The Vice-Chancellor said, "I don't know what the records say. We have not decided anything as yet. We will conduct a probe, if required."

Estate Officer Dr Jaskarn Singh said, "It is not possible that the stolen items are not listed in the records. It is a case of theft. We will investigate the matter."

SHO Gurveer Singh said security guards caught hold of two juveniles, claiming that they had stolen goods from the store. The university will provide us with a list of missing items and only then we will be able to take action." 



Undertrial beaten up in Central Jail
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 7
An undertrial was allegedly beaten up by two prisoners in the Ludhiana Central Jail today.

The victim, Harcharan Singh, was rushed to the Civil Hospital for treatment.

Harcharan said Sunny and Mani, both brothers, attacked him.

The jail authorities said that were investigating.

One hurt in accident

One person was injured after being hit by a mini-truck on Ferozepur Road.

The mini-truck jumped traffic lights and hit two cars and a cyclist. The injured has been identified as Ram, a tailor. He was rushed to a hospital where he received eight stitches on his leg. 



SI found drunk, sent to lines
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 7
Sub-Inspector Rajesh Thakur, who was posted as the in charge of the Jagatpuri police post, has been sent to the lines for dereliction of duty.

The officer was absent from duty and reportedly found drunk.

Taking strict action, ADCP-I Nilambari Jagdale got the medical examination of the SI done and sent him to the lines after alcohol content was found in his blood.

SI Harjit Singh has replaced Rajesh Thakur. Fearing embarrassment, the matter was kept under wraps by the police department.

Sources said the incident took place two days ago when ADCP-1 Nilambari Jagdale was inspecting the late night police naka in Jagatpuri and Division No. 4 area.

The nakas were put up to keep a tab on the increasing incidents of snatching in the area.

Sources said the ADCP-1 had asked for Thakur's whereabouts.

It was learnt that Thakur told the officer that he was on duty, following which the ADCP-I lost his cool. Thakur, who was at home, was taken to the Civil Hospital for medical examination.

The ADCP-I said, "Rajesh Thakur has been sent to the lines."

When asked whether Thakur had consumed liquor, the ADCP-I said the SI was found drunk.



911 budding players shortlisted during trials
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 7
As many as 911 budding players (662 boys and 249 girls) were shortlisted for sports wings and academies being run by the Punjab sports department at various centres across the state.

A list was released today by Kartar Singh Sehmbey, district sports officer, Ludhiana, who is also the coordinator for the trials conducted by the department at Guru Nanak Stadium yesterday.

The players, who could not take part in the trials yesterday, were given a chance today.

About 1,052 players from Roop Nagar, Fatehgarh Sahib, Patiala, Sangrur, Mansa and Mohali, besides Ludhiana district appeared for the trials on Wednesday.

The selected players will be enrolled in different sports wings and academies run by the state sports department. The games include athletics, boxing, badminton, basketball, cycling, football, gymnastics (artistic and rhythmic), judo, handball, kabaddi, table tennis, volleyball, weightlifting and wrestling.

"In addition, 25 per cent of the total number of selected players have also been chosen as a standby in case any player is found absent," said Kartar Singh.

The break up of selected players: Ludhiana (266 boys + 60 girls), Mansa (8 boys + 34 girls), Moga (51 boys + 33 girls), Mohali (15 boys), Patiala (85 boys + 38 girls), Ropar (69 boys + 30 girls) and Sangrur got (168 boys + 54 girls).

Apart from these allotted seats, some other wings have also been created in some pits of the districts concerned.

The selected players will get Rs 200 (daily diet) for residential wing and Rs 100 has been allocated for day scholars.



Cricket trials on March 10

Ludhiana, March 7
Trials to select probables (U-16) for the Regional Coaching Centre (RCC) will be conducted at Arya College on March 10. Players born on or after September 1, 1997, are eligible for the trials.

They have been advised to reach the venue on the scheduled date at 9.30 am. The Ludhiana district cricket team for the upcoming Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (U-16) will also be selected from these probables. — OC



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