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MC’s multi-level parking in a state of neglect
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

An illegal parking near the multi-level parking.
An illegal parking near the multi-level parking. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, April 9
Even as there is a shortage of parking space in the city, the biggest public parking of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is in lying in a poor state.

During a visit to this parking, one is welcomed with a damaged and uneven floor, broken windowpanes and stink.

This multi-level parking was constructed at a cost of around Rs 32 crore in 1994 to solve the problem of unauthorised parking in one of the busiest areas of the city.

However, this parking, which is hardly 50 metres away from the Zone A office of the MC, has failed to solve the parking problem.

For the generation of additional revenue, MC officials had at that time proposed to start a restaurant on the terrace of the parking space. The terrace looks more like a grassy playground with vegetation and weeds on it. The elevators in the parking are non-functional.

The contractor has been accused of overcharging on several occasions, but every time he manages to go scot-free and motorists have to bear the brunt.

Despite the fact that this parking can accommodate hundreds of vehicles, especially two-wheelers, illegal parking slots have come up on roads near this parking lot. MC officials working in the Zone A office seem to have turned a blind eye to the violation.

In January 2004, the MC had chalked out a plan for the construction of seven multi-level parking lots in various localities in the city. These multi-level parking lots were to be constructed in the Feroze Gandhi market (21,000 sq ft), near Mai Nand Kaur Gurdwara in Ghumar Mandi (8,000 sq ft), Mini Rose Garden (6,250 sq ft), Campa Cola Chowk on Gill Road (15,000 sq ft), the Sarabha Nagar main market (25,000 sq ft), Daresi Road (16,000 sq ft) and Bhadaur House (30,000 sq ft).

These parking lots were to be constructed at an estimated cost of around Rs 9 crore. Nine years on, this proposal remains on paper.

During a meeting of the finance and contract committee held on November 1, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation had cleared the construction of a multi-level parking in the Feroze Gandhi market.

What the Mayor says

Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said he was not happy with the working of the contractor. “I have not allowed the extension of the contract of the multi-level parking. Some MC officials are hand in glove with the contractor and caused an intentional delay in the auction of this parking lot. When they knew that the contract was to end on March 31, they should have floated tenders and carried out the auction before this date. I have written to the MC commissioner to take action against these officials. Repair work on this parking lot is under way and we will auction it on April 28,” he said.


MC removes encroachments
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

MC officials confiscate a rehri in the Bhadaur House area in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
MC officials confiscate a rehri in the Bhadaur House area in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, April 9
Following a news report carried in these columns about haphazard parking in the Bhadaur House area, officials of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation today removed encroachments from the area. They confiscated some rehris from the area, but no action was taken against the haphazardly parked vehicles on the road near Calibre Plaza, also known as the AC market.

Several vehicles, mostly two-wheelers and rickshaws, can be seen parked on this road as well as other parts of the Bhadaur House area during office hours. MC officials and the traffic police have never made any efforts to check this menace.

Due to haphazard parking by people visiting the market, the area witnesses long traffic snarls throughout the day. Ironically, the Zone A office of the MC is situated merely 100 yards away from Bhadaur House, but the officials seem least bothered. Vehicles are parked on the road, despite the fact that the MC multi-level parking and another parking at Calibre Plaza are situated in the area.

The Tehbazari wing of the MC also cleared encroachments from the road along the Budha Nullah today. “We also removed encroachments from Shastri Nagar and Model Town Extension,” said a Tehbazari official.



Chandigarh student held for stealing friend's car
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 9
A student stole the car of his friend and then demanded Rs 85,000 to release it, but his trick did not work and he landed in the police net.

The accused has been identified as Sushil Kumar, a resident of Sector 15 B, Chandigarh. The victim Jatinder Singh, a resident of Bhukhri village in Ludhiana, was his close friend.

Sushil, a student of a college in Chandigarh, was reportedly facing a financial crunch and needed money to sustain in Chandigarh.

Sushil came to meet Jatinder at his home in Ludhiana and he managed to make duplicate keys of his car.

On March 19, 2013, Jatinder had gone to Kalra Hospital in the city to meet his ailing uncle and he parked his Ford Icon car outside the hospital.

When he came out, he was shocked to find his car missing. He lodged a complaint with the police.

“A few days ago, I received a call from Sushil and he said that some persons were demanding Rs 85,000 to return the car. Sushil told me that he would manage to return the car by talking to the carjackers,” Jatinder told the police.

“When I reached Kharar with Rs 50,000, Sushil switched off his mobile phone," he told officials at the Division No. 3 police station.

The police booked Sushil and his friend Shiwam in the case. Brij Mohan, SHO of the Division No. 3 police station, said Sushil was arrested today in Chandigarh.

“Sushil had stolen the car and he concocted a story of carjacking by a gang,”said Brij Mohan.



Trader dies as car, SUV collide
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Doraha, April 9
The expressway on the southern bypass connecting Ludhiana with Doraha has become a death trap for commuters. Hardly does a day pass without an accident being reported from the expressway.

In the latest incident, a 45-year-old trader dealing in funnels was killed in a head-on collision between two vehicles near Gurdwara Shaheedan at Ajnod village here today. The victim has been identified as Dharampal Singh, a resident of Dugri. The incident took place at 2 pm when Dharampal was heading towards Doraha in his Tata Indigo car.

According to investigating officer Jagtar Singh, an SUV (Toyota Fortuner), driven by Iqbal Singh of the Daba Lohara area, which was on the way from Doraha to Ludhiana, collided head-on with the Tata Indigo car.

While Dharampal died on the spot, his friend sustained serious injuries and was rushed to a hospital.

Iqbal Singh, the driver of the Toyota Fortuner, also sustained minor injuries.

The investigating officer said the car driven by Iqbal Singh was registered in the name of Sukhwinder Kaur. Iqbal was reportedly driving at a high speed, which led to the accident. Police sources said Iqbal Singh had recently got married and had received the car in dowry. 



GLADA plans urban estates on city periphery
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 9
City residents have something to cheer about. They can look forward to a housing bonanza on the periphery of the city if the plans of the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) take shape in the near future.

According to GLADA officials, a township, Aeropolis Mega Project, is proposed to be developed at Sahnewal between the existing airport and Chandigarh Road on 1,200 to 1,500 acres. The site has been identified subject to final adjustments. The project will include development of the airport surroundings according to the modern concepts of town planning and giving a facelift to the entire area.

Another urban estate with a huge housing cluster will be developed in Waterfront City on around 2,000 acres along the Sidhwan canal in Lohara, Jaspal Bangar, Bulara and Sangowal villages.

Another township, Metro City, is proposed to be developed on 250 to 500 acres near the proposed Metro Rail depots in Ayali Kalan and Gill villages. The project site is yet to be finalised while probable locations could be Ayali Kalan, Jhande and Gill villages.

The officials said GLADA intended to engage a consultant for preparing the master plans, detailed project reports and other related services for the proposed urban estates. The consultant would be responsible for strategic planning for growth and urban development in line with the master plans, zonal plans, financial planning, preparation of an action plan and monitoring of initiatives of the action plan.

A senior official of the engineering wing of GLADA said of the four shortlisted bidders, work for lending assistance to hire a competent consultant had already been awarded to a Chandigarh-based human resource firm, Ernest and Young Private Limited. 


Officials said GLADA intended to engage a consultant for preparing the master plans, detailed project reports and other related services for the proposed urban estates 



death of 3 kids in fire
Life has dealt a cruel blow to this 30-year-old mother
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 9
Having lost three of her four children in a fire accident, life has dealt a cruel blow to 30-year-old Seema, who is undergoing treatment at Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital in Ludhiana. Lying on a bed in the tuberculosis ward, she recalls the fateful morning of March 31 when a fire in her shanty left her three children dead.

"My husband has gone to Haridwar to immerse the mortal remains of my children in the Ganga. How will I live without them now. God did not even show mercy on my 14-month-old daughter Payal, who was also devoured by the fire," she said, with tears rolling down her cheeks.

Seema's daughter Sonia (7), who was lucky to have survived the fire incident, is perhaps not aware of the severity of the tragedy. She said, "My mother keeps crying all the time".

Seema lost her son and two daughters on March 31 after the shanty they were living in caught fire at Gagandeep Colony near Bhattian.

Sonu (5), Kamna (14 months old) and Payal (3) had died in the fire tragedy. While Sonu and Kamna died on the spot, Payal died at the Rajindra Hospital in Patiala.

Her husband Kamal is a daily wage earner. Seema used to work as a maid, but says that now that her world had been shattered, she may not be able to work.



Two persons electrocuted
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 9
Two persons were electrocuted in Deep Singh Nagar near the Ladhowal area here today after coming in contact with overhead high-tension wires.

The deceased have been identified as Mahinder Singh Fauji, owner of the house, and Jai Ram, a worker. The incident took place this morning when Jai Ram was working on the top floor of the house.

Suddenly he came in contact with the overhead high-tension wires. Fauji ran to save him, but he, too, got electrocuted and died on the spot.

Hit by truck, cyclist dies

A cyclist died in a road mishap at Rajowal village in the Ladhowal area here today. According to an eyewitness, the cyclist, Deep Singh, was hit by an overspeeding mini-truck. The victim died while he was being taken to a hospital.

Woman commits suicide

A 25-year-old woman committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her house in the Fauji Colony near Sherpur Chowk here today.

The victim has been identified as Sonia. She was alone in the house when she committed suicide, said her husband Arjun. Her sister-in-law Jyoti said Sonia used to remain depressed. 



2 booked for misuse of tax credit
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 9
Yet another case of misuse of the Central Value Added Tax (CENVAT) credit has come to the fore with two Mandi Gobindgarh-based dealers having been booked in this connection. They have been booked by the Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence for the misuse of CENVAT credit, which led to a revenue loss of around Rs 100 crore.

The dealers were issuing CENVAT invoices fraudulently to furnace units in Mandi Gobindgarh without actually supplying the goods. 



Cheque-bounce case: Man gets jail
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 9
Judicial Magistrate Jagmilap Singh Khusdil has convicted Anand Sharma, owner of M/s Swastic Cylinder, Overlock Road, Ludhiana, in a cheque-bounce case.

He was ordered to Rs 1,20,505 as compensation to the complainant, who kept fighting a legal battle for years. He was also ordered to undergo imprisonment for six months.

The orders came on a complaint moved by Mohal Lal Gandhi, owner of M/s Navbharat Scrap, Industrial Area-B, Ludhiana.

The complainant had submitted that the accused issued a cheque for Rs 1,50,505 in order to discharge his liability in May 2005.

However, the cheque was dishonoured as the account of the accused was already closed.

The accused pleaded false implication. But the court found him guilty in light of the evidence adduced by the complainant.



Govt students refuse to take poor quality mid-day meals 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Students of Government Primary School, Field Ganj, Ludhiana, eat lunch from their own tiffin boxes on Tuesday.
Students of Government Primary School, Field Ganj, Ludhiana, eat lunch from their own tiffin boxes on Tuesday. Photo: InderJeet Verma

Ludhiana, April 9
"If we come from poor back-grounds, that does not mean that our parents can not feed us. They can provide us much better food than what we get here in the school. We will not eat this food", rued Kirandeep, (name changed), a class IV student of Government Primary School, Field Ganj here.

There are as many as 53 students in Government Primary School in I-A block and 22 students in I-C block. Barring four-five students, all other students have refused to accept the mid-day meal, prepared by the authorities. Instead, for the last many days, the students have been bringing their own lunch box from home and eat it during the recess time.

Jagjit Kaur, (name changed) another student said that students felt like vomiting after eating the meals. "Though we are backward and poor but we get fresh food from our parents. We are not slaves and we do not even ask the authorities to provide us meals. The vegetables are all stale and smell bad and the chapatis too dry to eat. We are happy to bring our own food from home", she said.

While many parents also met the teachers and requested them not to provide their wards, the mid-day meals. Students don not even look at the mid-day meal and return it. A teacher wishing not to be quoted said, "We can not force the students to have the mid-day meals. But we have spoken to the concerned persons, who bring the meals and told them that students dislike like the meals.

While they say that all other students around the city have no problem against the meals except for these students".

The contractor for mid-day meals, Sanjay Dhawan however said that he prepared meals for at least 35 thousand students every day. It was not necessary that all students liked the food. He could neither force anyone to eat the meals, it was their own wish.



Concealing income not easy now
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 9
If you are non-salaried and have more than Rs 50,000 in cash with you, then you can draw the attention of the income tax department. In the new forms for income tax returns, the government may ask non-salaried individuals to declare in-hand cash of more than Rs 50,000.

Individual taxpayers with income other than salary file ITR3 and ITR4.

"Concealing the facts would not be easy now, as the department would be comparing the details filed by the person with the information provided to it by the third party sources. These forms will be for non-salaried taxpayers, particularly high net worth individuals since many of them are not declaring their true incomes," said a senior official from the IT department.

Assets the department wants the people to declare are defined as "wealth" and come under the Wealth Tax Act.

The department may also seek the details of vehicles, aircraft, yachts and boats owned by individuals. Those buying gold may have to provide the details of jewellery, bullion or articles made of gold or precious metals.

Not only this, if you are an art lover and fond of buying paintings, sculptures or antique and archaeological pieces, then also you will be required to provide the details of the same.

It is likely that the department would also seek the details of land or buildings, deposits, insurance and shares in one's name, as well as loans and advances. After providing the details of all assets on acquisition costs, taxpayers would also have to declare liabilities in a separate column.

Last year the disclosure for foreign assets was introduced. 



81,215 administered polio drops on Day 3
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 9
On the third day of the Migratory round of the Pulse Polio campaign, the district Health Department staff administered drops to 81,215 children.

District Immunisation Officer Sanjeev Hans said: "Today, our volunteers visited 1,62,546 houses. The volunteers administered pulse polio drops to 50,423 children on doorstep. However, 19,886 children were vaccinated outside houses. As many as 4,337 children were vaccinated in the houses with mark "X" (the houses where volunteers could not meet children during their previous visit). Supervisors vaccinated 1,334 children while mobile teams administered drops to 5,235 children." The Pulse Polio campaign has concluded in all the blocks of Ludhiana district, excluding the cities of Koomkalan and Sahnewal. In both the cities, the campaign will conclude on April 11.



Experts highlight importance of washing hands properly
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 9
It has been observed that mothers as well as teachers keep telling children to wash hands properly with soap or liquid soap before eating anything. For best results, many people use liquid soaps of different companies for washing hands.

It is ironical that despite of all such products available in the market, very few wash their hands properly as they just wet their palms and apply soap and avoid washing inter digital points of hands, nails and back side of the hands, which are all the time more dirty.

Keeping this in view, medical experts of different hospitals are now making schoolchildren aware about it but adults are still unaware. Dr Muktanjali Arya, Infection Control Officer SPS Apollo Hospitals, Ludhiana, said, "Handwashing is done in three ways. We train public in general about social handwash. In this both the hands are washed completely with soap.

All the parts of hands including fingers, inter digital points of hands, nails, palm and back side of the hands till wrist should be washed with soap properly for 30

She said all the doctors and hospital staff is supposed to go for "procedural hand wash" in which a person who is to do any procedure on a patient is supposed to wash hands at least for one minute. Third type is of "surgical handwash" where all the surgeons wash their hands properly for three minutes before and after conducting any surgery."

She said hospitals may witness decrease in infection by 60 to 70 per cent is doctors and paramedics wash their hands properly while examining patients.

Dr Kanwal Maseeh Medical Superintendent of Christian medical College and Hospital said, "Although it is a very common thing but very less people bother about it. Always keep in mind that if you do not wash hands properly, you are going to fall sick with one or the other infection."

Dr Arya said, "I have seen school going children from the age group of 10 to 12 years learn all this in very receptive way and they further teach their parents and other family members at home."



from schools
Students honoured

Ludhiana: It was a special day today in the campus of Green Grove Public School, for the shining little stars, who showed excellence in academics. The first three position holders from class I to XI came up to the stage proudly and received accolades as all the students cheered them up with a huge round of applause. The principal appreciated the efforts of the students and exhorted them to raise the bar even further meet the challenges.

Welcome party

A welcome party was organised at GRD Academy by the kindergarten section. Tulips of UKG and roses of LKG class welcomed the little children of nursery. The tulips danced sang on a welcome song and were followed by roses who delivered a marvelous performance on "Nani Teri Morni". The tiny tots of nursery also danced along with their teachers. The principal welcomed all the students and blessed them with a great life ahead. In the end the refreshment was given to the students.

Orientation programme

An orientation programme was organised for the parents of Class VI students in Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines. As many as 400 parents were present for the programme. The programme was designed to strike a balance between the curricular, emotional, physical and social demands of the children. Navita Puri, the principal in her address exhorted the parents to achieve greater heights in their lives. — TNS



from colleges
Wipro Tech selects 4 GNIMT students

Ludhiana: The students' chapter of the Indian Society for Technical Education of Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, Ludhiana, participated in a joint campus placement drive in PTU, Kapurthala, by Wipro Technologies. Twelve BCA (sixth semester) students of the GNIMT participated in the drive. Out of these, four students (Gurleen, Jasmeet, Rashmeet and Kirti) were selected by Wipro Technologies.

Workshop on CCE

A faculty development programme was organised with a workshop on Comprehensive Continuous Evaluations at Doraha College of Education (DCE), Doraha. Dr Sandeep Sawhney, principal, and Sukhwinder Singh, Assistant Professor DCE, acted as a resource person. The workshop was conducted by a formal discussion and an interactive manner where Dr Sawhney explained different scholastic and co-scholastic areas as well as telling of report card. He explained how the CCE had helped in overcoming the stress of result of students and how the teachers evaluate the students' different activities throughout the year. Sukhwinder Singh discussed the grading system, about the scale point system, calculation of the formula of percentile rank and conversion of scale point to grade point and overall grade.

SCD college students shine

SCD Government College students have excelled in the MA Hindi (third semester) examination by getting four positions among the ten toppers of PU Chandigarh. Sunaina, a student of the PG Department of Hindi in SCD Government College, stood second in the PU MA Hindi (third semester) examination by scoring 319 marks out of 400. Sukhdeep Kaur got the fifth position by scoring 308, Ravita stood seventh (307), and Rajinder Kaur stood at the ninth position. College principal Rajinder Singh congratulated the students for keeping the academic standards high. — TNS



Lincoln's letter circulated to inspire teachers
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 9
A comprehending spirit behind circulating Abraham Lincoln’s letter, which he had once written to his son's teacher, among constituents of government and private-aided schools is that teachers of local schools has vowed to put in their best efforts for realising the aspirations of parents of their wards. They undertook to inculcate moral values and social traits among their wards besides imparting ideal formal education.

Oath was taken in response to a call given by the Director General ( School Education) Kahn Singh Pannu through District Education Officers and heads of various schools of the region.

“The copy of the letter, supposedly written by the former US President Abraham Lincoln, through our seniors has come as a tool to comprehend expectations of parents of our students. Moreover we are in better position to convince the parents that they should cooperate with us in tailoring the traits of their wards, according to ideals put forth by a great statesman of the world," said teachers of schools, situated at local town and surrounding localities.

Pardeep Sharda, principal of Mahatama Gandhi Memorial National Senior Secondary School said teachers and parents of a majority of students of his school had appreciated initiative taken by the higher authorities in using the historic document for the overall development of students.

“While teachers of my school assured to do their best to inculcate qualities listed in the letter among their students, parents of majority of the students welcomed the decision taken in interest of their wards,” said Sharda, adding copies of the letter were distributed among teachers besides displaying on school boards.

The DG(SE) had directed heads of all schools to display Punjabi and English version of the contents of the historic letter written by Abraham Lincoln to his son’s teacher.

“Cultural, social, intellectual and emotional development of students is equally important as academic", that's what the 16th US President Abraham Lincoln had written in the letter. Aspirations of parents from teachers have been mentioned very sensitively in this letter. This letter shows that Abraham Lincoln had desired his son's teacher to make him a wise person with a strong determination.

Perusal of the letter revealed that contrary to the present trend Lincoln had wished his son to know that a dollar earned was far more valuable than five found.

Letter further says, “Teach him, if you can, the wonder of a book, but also give him quiet time to ponder the eternal mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the sun, and flowers on a green hillside. Teach him always to have sublime faith in himself, because then he will always have sublime faith in mankind.This is a big order, but see what you can do. He is such a fine little fellow, my son".



water samples taken from schools
SMOs to file reports before vacation
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 9
All the Senior Medical Officers of the district have been asked to file reports on water samples to be taken from government and government-aided schools before summer vacation. These instructions have been issued by the Ludhiana Civil Surgeon, Dr Subhash Batta.

The Water and Sanitation Department, Chandigarh, has supplied 2,400 H2 S kits for testing water samples at all the government and government-aided private schools in the district. Water samples can be tested within 24 hours and there is no need to send the samples to Chandigarh for a purity test.

Health employees will take water samples from all 1,533 schools. In case a water sample fails the purity test, its report will be sent to the Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, and the Xen, Rural Water Supply, Division Nos. 1,2 and 3, Ludhiana.

What is H2S kit

Each of these kits has the H2S (Hydrogen Sulphide) chemical, which can help detect the presence of E.coli and coliform bacteria in water. To test a water sample, the kit is to be filled up to a specific mark and kept at room temperature. If there are bacteria in water, the colour of water turns brown or black. 



Temple authorities pull down MC wall
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 9
The authorities of a temple, which is situated near Mata Rani Chowk, have tried to carve out an entrance towards the Zone A office parking by demolishing the MC wall. Though the gate was installed by the temple authorities about three years ago, they demolished the wall at around 2 am today.

When the MC officials visited the spot, the authorities claimed that they had been granted permission by Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria. However, the Mayor denied having granted any such permission to the temple authorities and termed the demolition of the wall as illegal.

As the MC officials have put a lock on the gate, several politicians, including one who holds a high post in the MC, as well as RTI activists, tried to pressurise the MC officials to remove the lock.

Though some security guards were on duty outside the Zone A office during the night, they failed to notice the wall being demolished.

An MC official said this was not the first time that the temple authorities had indulged in such activities. They had tried to break the wall earlier also, but at that time only a few bricks were removed. The wall was repaired by the MC staff. We brought the matter to senior MC officials's notice.

A BJP leader, who holds a key post in the MC, had called us several times since morning, asking us to remove the lock. Not only him, but some RTI activists, who otherwise make a hue and cry over illegal constructions in the city, came to the Zone A office and tried to pressurise us to remain silent over this issue, said an MC official.

Gohalwaria said he had not granted permission to the temple authorities for the installation of the gate. "Had I granted the permission to them, the temple authorities would not have broken the MC wall. Religious institutions should not indulge in such illegal acts," he said.



Railway staff clash leaves 4 injured

Ludhiana, April 9
Four persons were injured in a clash between two groups at the Ludhiana railway station here today.

The injured persons have been identified as Deepak, Dharma and SS Singh of the URMU group and Rakesh Tiwari of the NRMU group. They were admitted to the Civil Hospital. In the evening, about a dozen railway employees and members of the URUM entered a loco shed and clashed with the workers of the NRMU.

Girl commits suicide

A 15-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide at CRP Colony in Dugri here on Tuesday. The incident came to light when Puja's (name changed) family returned to the house and found her hanging from a ceiling fan. — TNS



Women panel chief fears abuse of anti-rape law
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 9
The chairperson of the Punjab Women's Commission, Paramjit Kaur, has expressed fear that the new amendment to the anti-rape law could lead to its abuse.

"Stricter punishment for eve-teasing is a positive step, but I fear that it will also be misused like dowry and rape charges. I fear it will be used for settling personal scores," said Paramjit Kaur.

She visited the city today to take stock of cases domestic violence and crime against women. She said it was her first visit to the city after she assumed charge as the Chairman of the State Woman Commission.

She said lower-rung officers should be sensitised on handling women's complaints.

"The gender sensitisation is very important. A complaint is already under immense stress. The crass attitude of lower-rung policemen proves to be disheartening for her. They need to change their attitude and should be compassionate," she said.

She also visited the local jail and met the woman inmates. She said in March, the commission recieved 138 complaints.



Uneasy calm prevails on PAU campus
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Torn posters of PAUSA on a wall on the PAU campus.
Torn posters of PAUSA on a wall on the PAU campus. Photo: Inderjeet Verma 

Ludhiana, April 9
Uneasy calm prevailed on the Punjab Agricultural University campus regarding the issue of installation of PAU Students Association (PAUSA) president and chairman.

The reason behind this uneasy calm was the slugfest between two groups of students, who both tried to claim supremacy over PAUSA.

A new executive body of PAUSA was elected unanimously on March 27 in which Sharanbir Singh Sandhu was elected its president.

According to the constitution of PAUSA, there is no provision for the post of chairman. But, a student, Rajwinder Singh Kalyaan, who was aspirant for the post of president, pasted posters on the walls of the PAU buildings, in which he figured as the chairman of PAUSA, yesterday.

Earlier, the Sharanbir group had pasted the posters of his team. But, the Rajwinder group replaced the older posters with new posters in which Rajwinder figured as the chairman of PAUSA and Sharanbir as its president.

Some unidentified students, who are allegedly associated with the Sharanbir group, tore the posters today. The situation gets tense on the PAU campus as one of the groups called a meeting near the student centre over the issue.

Taking precautionary step to tackle students' clash, the PAU authorities beefed up security near the student centre and the rock garden area. Security officer of the PAU RS Grewal was also present on the spot for three hours. Policemen were also deployed on the campus. No clash had been reported till the filing of the report.

Rajwinder Singh and Rajbir Singh couldn't be contacted as their mobile phones were switched off.

Meanwhile, the security officer of the PAU said: "There was little tension due to rumours. None of the group tore posters pasted on the buildings. Our security men removed the posters as the university does not allow to paste any posters on its buildings. The posters should be pasted on the notice boards".



Budha Nullah top priority: Chief Secy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 9
Rakesh Singh, Chief Secretary of Punjab, who was in the city today to review development projects going-on here, said cleaning and de-silting of Budha Nullah was the first priority of the state government and it needed to be completed by March 31, 2014, at any cost. He said now the Municipal Corporation had been given the task of cleaning the nullah.

Rakesh Singh said though much work was being done on the nullah, a lot had to be done to make it clean. He asked the officials of the Punjab Pollution Control Board to clean the nullah on a war footing.

Rakesh Singh, who inspected several project sites in the district, said the Solid Waste Treatment Plant would also be taken care of by the Municipal Corporation. The projects are being executed at a total cost of about Rs 700. He held a detailed discussion with the higher officials at the Circuit House here. There was no paucity of funds, and the works have to be completed within the stipulated time. And in case any project gets delayed, the officials concerned will be held responsible, he added.

Talking to mediapersons, Rakesh Singh said the Sahnewal Airport had to be expanded in order to providing better facilities to the residents. The government was planning to acquire about 300 acres for the expansion of the airport so that big planes could land and take from here. On him being sent on deputation to Delhi, the Chief Secretary said if the state government would send him, he would definitely go there. But till now, the government had not asked him for his deputation in Delhi, he added.

He, along with higher officials, also visited the Maize and Borlaug project sites at Ladowal. Besides, Rakesh Singh visited Mattewara, where the state government plans to build a tourist destination spot. He said a high-level meeting on the project would soon be convened in Chandigarh. 



College of Fisheries win soccer title
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, April 9
A large number of participants took part in various track and field events in the one-day first Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) Non-Teaching Staff Sports Meet held held here today.

The College of Fisheries emerged champions in football while the College of Veterinary Sciences romped home in kabaddi.

Dr VK Taneja, Vice-Chancellor, GADVASU, declared the meet open and wished the participants good luck. Rajinder Singh, president of the non-teaching employees thanked the Vice-Chancellor for encouraging the staff. Dr Darshan Barhi, welfare officer of the university, coordinated the event.

Dr PD Juyal, Registrar, Dr Sarnaninder Singh Randhawa, Director (Research), Dr Harpal Singh Sandhu, Dean, College of Veterinary Sciences, and Dr SP Singh Sangha, Director, Students Welfare, GADVASU, were among others who were present there to cheer the participants.

The following are the results of the meet.

(women): Javelin throw- Daya Rani 1st, Annu 2nd and Paramjit Kaur 3rd; discus throw- Annu 1st and Gurpreet Goraya 2nd; shot put- Annu 1st, Daya Rani 2nd and Paramjit Kaur 3rd.

50m race: Urmil Walia 1st and Asha Rani 2nd; 100m race- Manju 1st and Rajni 2nd; long jump- Manju 1st, Rajni 2nd and Paramjit Kaur 3rd.

Men: 100m race- Ranjit Singh 1st, Ramandeep Singh 2nd and Sukhdev Singh 3rd; 200m race- Chandan 1st, Sukhdev Singh 2nd and Ranjit Kumar 3rd; 400m race- Ranjit Singh 1st and Jagtar Singh 2nd; long jump- Chandan 1st and Ranjit Singh 2nd; 1500m race- Ranjit Singh 1st and Sukhdev Singh 2nd.



Punjabi film star cast visits city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana April 9
The star cast of the upcoming Punjabi movie, "Daddy Cool Munde Fool", visited the city today. The teem, including actor-cum-singer Amrinder Gill, actor Harish, actress Yuvika Choudhary, Jaswinder Bhalla , Dr Jeus, Jassi Gill and Prabh Gill, visited a local mall, a restaurant and the PAU campus.

Amrinder Gill said: "My role in the film is totally different from my real character. I am playing the role of naughty son of a cool father".

Talking about the present status of Punjabi cinema, he said: "Now, Punjabi movies have been making good money. In the past some years some of the Punjabi movies got an overwhelming response. The movies are technically strong and able to compete Bollywood movies. Producers have been investing in comedy films".

The film is directed by Simerjit Singh and is scheduled to be released on April 12.



Ludhiana Scan
Surgery performed

Organisers of BIG Panjaa League at a press conference in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
Organisers of BIG Panjaa League at a press conference in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Inderjeet Varma

Dr Rajneesh Calton, Professor and Head of Cardiology Department at CMCH and his team performed coronary stenting on a patient and implanted three BVS stents.

Mukhtiar Singh, a 69 year old city resident from Jamalpur, Ludhiana, was admitted to the Department of Cardiology at CMC and Hospital, Ludhiana, with a heart attack. On coronary angiography he was found to have a long segment of blockage in his right coronary artery.

The other members of the team included Dr Avinash Mathew, Dr Rashmi Kerr, Dr Abraham Speedie, Sanjay Ranga, Rajiv Lal, Bhupinder and Sabina . The patient has done well and now been discharged from the hospital.

Medical camp

Voice of Youth Foundation organised a medical camp for the cardiac and diabetic patients at Shivaji Nagar. Prem grover, National President of the organisation, inaugurated the camp and talked about the girl child education, to empower her and to provide her a dignified life in society.

Dr Rajiv Kumar and his team checked as many as 180 patients suffering from diabetes and cardiac problems. Free ECG, blood sugar test, neuropathy, BMD test and free medicines were given to them. Further, free awareness material on diabetes and hypertension was also distributed among them.

World Health Day

As a part of the World Health Day celebrations, the Rotaract Club of Ludhiana, under the aegis of Rotary Club Ludhiana Greater organised an interactive session on the topic 'Prevention and Screening of Hypertension', here today at the SRS Government Polytechnic College for Girls.

Dr GS Wander, Chief Cardiologist, Hero DMC Heart Institute, presided over as the expert speaker. While highlighting hypertension or high blood pressure as being a major public health problem across the world, Dr Wander urged the students to adopt a healthy and stress-free lifestyle. He further said that seeds for this disease were laid in the young age only and an increasing number of patients were being reported in the younger age group. He suggested six simple steps which could drastically reduce the risk of developing hypertension. These include reducing salt intake and eating a balanced diet, avoiding alcohol, doing regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy body weight, avoiding tobacco use, leading a stress-free life.


To attract the attention of the state government, members of the Youth Congress put up a stall of sand and crushed stones. "Both these have become out of the reach of the people and construction activity has also come to a halt, due to the sky rocketing prices," said Satnam Sinha, president.

Arm-Wrestling Championship

Giving a platform to the youth of Punjab to show their arm-strength, a private radio in association with a cements manufacturing company announced the pan-Punjab launch of BIG Panjaa League': Arm-Wrestling Championship, at a press conference here on Tuesday.

Kicking off on April 12, in Gobindgarh of the Ludhiana-area, BIG Panjaa League will witness on-ground activities. The auditions are being conducted across 15 towns around Ludhiana, including Gobindgarh, Samrala, Raikot, Moga, Faridkot, Kotkapura, and Abohar among others. By the end of this two-month long initiative, BIG Panjaa League will witness the crowning of the 'Panjaa Champion' of Punjab who will be awarded a cash prize of Rs 51,000. The grand finale, including a volley of entertaining performances will be telecast as a special feature on the network's channel in the region.

Meeting on drinking water

A meeting of Ludhiana First Club was held here today. During the meeting members talked about the safe and pure drinking water and expressed concern that local authorities should be extra vigilant over providing the same to the city people. They also discussed that special fund should be released by the Central Government for the development of the city.



Punjab team to be announced today
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana April 9
The state is going to host three-day Senior Federation Cup National Athletics Championship from April 23 at Patiala but owing to the delay on the part of the sports officials, the Punjab team is yet to be finalised.

The Punjab Amateur Athletics Association has conducted trials for the selection of players on March 23 at Guru Nanak Stadium. More than 200 men and women players from across the state participated in these trials. The organisers had promised that the team would be announced within a week.

"There is only two weeks left in the championship to start. How will players practice in a few days?

Kawaljit Singh, Director, Punjab Athletic Association, said there was a delay in the meeting of the selection committee. We conducted a meeting yesterday and selected the team. We will announce the team tomorrow".



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