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GLADA allots 798 flats to riot victims
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 17
The Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) today conducted a draw for the allotment of residential flats to eligible applicants from amongst the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

However, two groups of riot victims levelled allegations and counter allegations against each other over the compilation of the final list.

In the draw, taken out in the presence of a large number of applicants, 161 MIG and 628 LIG flats in Dugri Urban Estate, Phase III, and Sector 40 on Chandigarh Road were allotted to the riot victims, their families and dependents.

GLADA estate officer RK Popli, who conducted the draw along with additional chief administrator Baldev Singh, said the committee headed by the Deputy Commissioner had finalised a list of 6,409 applicants on the basis of documents submitted by the riot victims and the guidelines laid down by the state government.

After the 798 dwelling units were allotted through draw of lots, slips were taken out for eight MIG and another 32 LIG flats which would form a waiting list for subsequent allotment in case some allottees were found ineligible at a later stage.

“GLADA has retained 50 MIG and 150 LIG flats in its reserve quota to meet exigency created by the court orders or decision of writ petitions pending in the Punjab and Haryana High Court,” said Popli.

The two groups of riot victims, claiming affinity to the ruling SAD and the Congress, were far from being happy over the mode of allotment.

Kartar Singh Patna, chairman of the Sikh Migrants Welfare Board said officials were not fair with the applicants who were successful in draw of lots taken out in 2010.

“Instead, the officials, allegedly in connivance with the group of riot victims patronised by the SAD, included bogus persons and red card holders from other stations in the draw leaving the eligible persons from the city high and dry,” Patna allaged.

President of Danga Peerit Welfare Association Surjit Singh, however, rubbished the allegations levelled by Patna. He expressed satisfaction over the draw which benefited nearly 800 eligible riot victims. He made an earnest appeal to the Punjab Government to make early arrangements to allot the residential flats to the remaining applicants as well.

Draw of lots

A total of 161 MIG and 628 LIG flats in Dugri Urban Estate, Phase III, and Sector 40 on Chandigarh Road were allotted to the riot victims, their families and dependents. A committee headed by the Deputy Commissioner had finalised a list of 6,409 applicants on the basis of documents submitted by riot victims and the guidelines laid down by the state government. After the 798 dwelling units were allotted through a draw of lots, slips were taken out for eight MIG and another 32 LIG flats which would form a waiting list for the subsequent allotment in case some allottees were found ineligible at a later stage.


19 quintals of poppy husk recovered, 2 arrested
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 17
The city police arrested two persons, including a notorious drug peddler, with 19 quintals of poppy husk being ferried in a truck today. Commissioner of Police Paramjit Singh Gill said the police nabbed the accused following a tip-off that the poppy husk was hidden in cattle feed.

A police team led by Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP-II) Bhupinder Singh Sidhu, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Atam Nagar, Mukhtiar Singh and station house officer, Shimlapuri, laid a trap at the Gill Chowk.

The truck that was coming from the Malerkotla side was stopped for checking. The truck driver, Jagtar Singh, alias Jagga, of Chet Singh Nagar, said he was transporting cattle feed.

The police team got suspicious when it saw Kuldeep Singh alias Pappu, a notorious drug paddlers, travelling in the truck.

On checking, the police found 50 gunny bags of poppy husk hidden under the cattle feed. The truck was impounded.

DCP Harsh Bansal said the contraband weighed 19 quintals. During preliminary investigations, the accused said they had procured the contraband from Madhya Pradesh.

Police Commissioner Paramjit Singh Gill said the accused had procured the drugs at Rs 15,000 per gunny bag and were planning to sell it for Rs 30,000 per gunny bag in the local market.

Four held with heroin, opium

The Division No 5 police has nabbed four persons with 50 gm of heroin and 20gm of opium. The accused have been identified as Balwinder Singh Totti and Momen of Jalandhar, and Bhupinder Singh and Ompal Singh of Uttar Predesh. They were nabbed following a tip-off from Bharat Nagar Chowk.



Woman tries to set herself afire at police post, booked
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 17
High drama was witnessed at the Mundian police post last night when a woman along with her male accomplice entered the police post and threatened to set herself afire.

The woman, identified as Ranjita, was protesting against the police investigations against her. The police alleged that she had given false information to it due to which an innocent youth was booked in an abduction case.

Ranjita along with her accomplice Berdesh Kumar entered the Mundian police post and the duo poured kerosene on them.

The policemen overpowered the duo and booked them in an attempt to suicide case.

It is learnt that Ranjita, a resident of Bhamia, had lodged a complaint a few month ago that a youth living in her locality had kidnapped her minor sister.

However, Ranjita's younger sister testified against her. She appeared before the police and stated that Ranjita had fudged records to show her as a minor.



One nurse for 60 patients
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 17
Surprising but true, a single nurse caters to 60 patients at the Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana. One can imagine the plight of these nurses who have also to do the work of Class IV employees.

Talking to the Tribune, Lavi Kalyan, member of the Punjab Nursing Association, said: "We receive around 200 patients at the hospital daily. Imagine how difficult it is for the 44 nurses who cater to the patients in three shifts. Out of the 44 nurses, one is on permanent duty for ECG, one for dialysis, six in the operation theatre, one to check the biomedical waste while another in the skin OPD. And during emergency, the nurses are called on duty after performing their routine duty. The remaining 35 nurses cater to the patients admitted to the trauma, female, male and children wards."

There are 27 beds in the trauma ward out of which eight beds are of patients who are admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU). There is only one nurse to attend to these patients. Similarly, in the female and male wards, 120 patients are taken care of by two nurses. "A single nurse attends to about 10 patients every day in the labour room," said a nurse. Similarly, in post-labour department, there is a single nurse for 23 patients, she added.

Hospital matron Surinder Pal Kaur said: "We have 49 sanctioned posts of nurses at the hospital, out of which five are vacant. Earlier, we had only three ward sisters. The hospital later deputed four acting ward sisters. However, we require 90 nurses and eight ward sisters. Many a times the nurses have to do the work of a Class IV employee."

Admitting to the staff shortage at the hospital, senior medical officer Dr Raj Kumar Karkra said: "The higher authorities have been informed about the staff crunch and we are hopeful of getting more employees.

Patient-nurse ratio


5 patients: 1 nurse


10 patients: 1 nurse


60 patients: 1 nurse



Pleasant Monday delights residents
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 17
It was a sunny day in the city today after morning showers. The maximum temperature recorded in the city on Monday was 32.2 degrees, while minimum was 24.2 degree Celsius. The relative humidity was 84 per cent in the morning and 69 per cent in the evening.

The Met department has already declared the arrival of monsoon in the region.

KK Gill from the agricultural meteorology department, Punjab Agricultural University, said the weather was likely to remain the same for the next couple of days. It will remain partly cloudy tomorrow, with the possibility of light thundershowers in the city and adjoining areas, she said.



Sidhwan Canal bridge yet to open to traffic
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 17
Despite completion, the newly constructed Sidhwan Canal bridge on Ferozepur Road is yet to be thrown open to commuters. This work on the bridge was completed around two weeks ago, but the contractor has failed to give finishing touches to it so that it could be opened for vehicular traffic.

It is learnt that the Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd wants to raise the height of 66kV electricity line passing over the bridge. This has led to the delay on opening of the bridge.

Another reason for the delay is that the PWD officials want a senior Akali leader to inaugurate this project.

This bridge would provide much needed respite to commuters on the busy Ferozepur Road. The old bridge was demolished two months ago. The work on the new bridge started on April 5. Once the new bridge is thrown open to vehicular traffic, it would ease the traffic moving towards the Ferozepur side as the width has been increased from 7 metres to 12 metres. Ferozepur Road is one of the busiest roads of the city.

An official of the construction company said the bridge was ready and only two layers of wearing coat were to be laid on it. “I received a letter from a senior official of the PSPCL last week stating that they need to raise the height of the 66kV line. Interestingly, the height of the new bridge is exactly the same as the old one. “While we were constructing the bridge, no PSPCL official informed us about raising the height of the electricity line,” he said.

Pardeep Kumar, project manager of the construction company, however, claimed that the bridge would be opened for vehicular traffic soon.



Where have the chirpy sparrows gone?
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 17
The number of house sparrows is declining at an alarming rate. The drop in the number has left bird lovers worried. The matter is of grave concern as there is no study to ascertain the reason behind the decline.

The University Grant Commission (UGC) has allocated a monitoring project to Punjab Agricultural University.

Dr Tejdeep Kaur Kaler, professor, department of zoology, PAU, will supervise the project, 'monitoring of house sparrow population and breeding ecology in rural and urban areas of Punjab'. The university will complete the project in three years.

Studies reveal that agricultural intensification poses a threat to biodiversity. Nearly 12 per cent of bird species are facing extinction. The number of house sparrows has dropped in Europe and Asia over the years. The population has declined by almost 70 per cent in India.

Dr Tejdeep Kaur Kaler, ornithologist at the PAU, said, "Our objective is to assess the relative abundance and species diversity of house sparrows in relation to the total bird diversity."

"We will identify the factors behind the abundance and absence of house sparrows in different habitat types of rural and urban areas. To record the breeding ecology, parameters like nest site selection, pairing formation, clutch size, egg dimensions, hatching success, nestling success and overall breeding success rate of house sparrows will be studied. We will evaluate and standardise artificial nests for the breeding of house sparrows."

Tejdeep said the work would be started in different habitat types in selected villages of Ludhiana district. Different localities in urban areas of Ludhiana having different habitat types would be selected, Tejdeep added.

"Artificial nests of different dimensions would be installed during the breeding season of house sparrows to study their acceptance in relation to the habitat features," she stated.

Talking about the significance of the project, Dr Tejdeep Kaler said, "The proposed study will generate information on the population and relative abundance of house sparrows inhabiting rural and urban areasof Ludhiana district. It will provide a detailed assessment of breeding ecology. The observations and their analysis will help in framing recommendations for the conservation of house sparrows. The findings of the study will develop potential measures for the recovery of house sparrow population."



Politics on house meet hots up
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 17
Congress councillors, along with some Independents, have demanded that the Mayor should convene the MC general house meeting at the earliest so that the development work in the city does not suffer.

The councillors submitted a memorandum signed by 29 councillors to the Mayor.

As per rules, if one third of the councillors want that the meeting to be convened, the MC will have to accept the demand. The MC house consists of 75 councillors.

The councillors led by leader of opposition Hem Raj Aggarwal said only the officials are running the show in the MC and that the officers don't take issues raised by councillors seriously.

Congress spokesperson Parminder Mehta said whenever a councillor raised some issue, the MC officials choose to ignore it.

"Elected representatives do not have a say, which is why we want the Mayor to convene the meeting. This way we will be able to take up residents' problems," he stated.

The wife of Parminder Mehta, Sushma Mehta, is the Congress councillor from ward number 35.

Balkar Singh Sandhu, Congress councillor from ward number 55, said when a portion of a road caved in at Kitchlu Nagar, the Mayor did not fix the responsibility of any MC official to get it repaired. "How can a road cave in just after season's first rainfall?" he asked.

The monsoon season is yet to arrive and one can very well imagine the state of affairs," he lamented.

The councillors demanded that now that more than one third councillors had submitted a memorandum, the MC would have to convene the meeting.

It is not for the first time that the Congress councillors had to hold a protest. Before the first general house meeting held on March 12, the Congress councillors had staged a week-long protest outside Zone A office. It was after their protest that the general house meeting was convened.

Not against meeting: Mayor

Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said he was not against convening the meeting. "I have asked the councillors to submit their proposals so that those could be discussed and added to the main agenda. The meeting will be held soon."



Residents prefer tablets to laptops
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 17
Tablet computers have gained popularity over the years. With these having a number of applications, people prefer going in for tablets. "Most of the software giants are now providing tablet version of the operating system, making them widely accessible.

Being all-touch these are very user-friendly, so it is natural for people to get attracted to these," said Deepak, a resident.

" The most important feature of the tablets is touch screen. These do not have a keyboard. Laptops and desktops have become a thing of the past,"said Ishu, a resident.

"Tablets have become a hot favourite with businessmen as these are portable," said Rupinder, a resident.

Tablets with a separate keyboard have also been launched.

More and more features are being added to the tablets.

Ritu, a student, said as the tablets have both the virtual and external keyboards, these are being preferred to laptops and desktops. These are more convenient and user-friendly, she said.



Waterlogging: Mayor pulls up officials
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 17
Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria today pulled up the MC officials for failing to deal with waterlogging in the city. The Mayor held a three-hour meeting with the officials and told them to perform their duties efficiently.

Showers on Thursday exposed the ill-preparedness of the officials as several roads caved in. Commuters had a tough time passing through waterlogged roads. The meeting was attended by all Zonal Commissioners, Additional Commissioners, Joint Commissioners, heads of all MC branches and senior officials. The Mayor said instructions had been issued to all departments. "Departmental action will be initiated against non-serious officials. They can even face suspension," he stated.

Mayor inspects record room

Following complaints of poor upkeep, Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria visited the MC record room located in Zone A office on Monday. The Mayor found that the room had not been cleaned for days together and important documents had been gathering dust. "I have directed the sanitary inspector to ensure that cleanliness is maintained in the building. I will be revisiting the record room next Monday. If the inspector fails to perform his duty, he will be placed under suspension," the Mayor said.

Five shops demolished

Officials of the Zone B building branch demolished five illegal shops in the Transport Nagar area on Monday. Monica Anand, Assistant Town Planner (Zone B), said the owners of these shops had not taken permission from the MC.



Students create traffic awareness
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 17
Nearly 50 students and volunteers imparted traffic lessons to commuters on Jagraon Bridge today. The awareness drive was launched by a social organisation, V-making a difference. Students were seen handing over pamphlets to erring commuters, asking them to follow traffic rules.

Baljeet Kaur, director of the organisation, said, "The motive is to apprise the youth of traffic rules."

Police Commissioner Paramjit Singh Gill appreciated the effort of the youngsters.



18 violators challaned under tobacco Act
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 17
The district tobacco task force today challaned 18 persons under the Cigarette and Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003, and collected a fine of Rs 3,450.

Food safety officer Manoj Khosla, drug inspector Balram Luthra, assistant district attorney Amandeep Singh, NGO representative Krishan Lal Malik and staff of the anti-narcotics wing challaned the violators. District health officer Dr Avinash Kumar said, "The violators were caught smoking at public places. There were a few who had not put up a board displaying a warning."

Six samples collected

A team of the district health department collected six samples of milk and sweets on Saturday. The officials collected two samples of milk from dairies at Bootthgarh Jattan village and four samples of sweets from Tajpur Road.



Selection criteria revised for postings at I-T overseas units
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 17
With too many contenders seeking postings in the overseas units of the Income Tax Department, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has revised the selection criteria. Aspirants have to get testimonials from their bosses and write a note on how they can help maximise revenue on this front.

The CBDT is currently engaged in filling posts in eight new Income Tax Overseas Units (ITOUs), including those in the US and the UK, as part of its multi-pronged strategy to tackle the menace of black money.According to the freshly revised selection criteria, candidates need to have a mandatory 15 years' of service, and have to obtain recommendations from at least two serving officers who are in immediate supervisory role and write a 1,000-word statement of purpose (SoP) to qualify for the interview.

The I-T officers will be going to these countries as First Secretaries to "maintain an effective coordination and liaison between the Indian tax authorities and the tax authorities of the countries concerned."

The applicant, who will have to go through a final interview by a panel headed by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) Chairperson, will be judged for a maximum of 40 marks for providing a brief bio data of five of their "outstanding work" in the field of revenue administration. The interview will carry 35 marks.

While two ITOUs are already there in Mauritius and Singapore, eight are all set to become fully operational at the Indian missions in Cyprus, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, the UAE, the UK and the USA.



Pharmacists continue stir

Ludhiana, June 17
The hunger strike by members of the Rural Health Pharmacist Association entered the fourth day today. The pharmacists said they would gherao the office of Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Surjit Singh Rakhra on June 24 in Patiala.

Harjinder Singh, general secretary of the association, said since their appointment in 2006, they had been getting Rs 7,000 per month.

"During the Vidhan Sabha elections, the ruling party had assured us of regularising our services, but it failed to do so." District president of the association Jot Ram said they would hold a protest during the panchayat elections if their demands were not met. — TNS



CBSE introduces course on Indian culture
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 17
With an aim of raising self-esteem and inculcating pride in today's generation the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has introduced a new course about the Indian traditions. The course "Knowledge Traditions and Practices of India" is an elective subject for both class XI and class XII students.

"As the new generation is adopting the western culture and traditions, such a subject is the need of the hour. We hope it leads to the development of a strong value system and a deep pride for India's traditions. Even if they do not adopt the Indian traditions instantly, at least they will be aware of their culture," said Rimmie Nanda, a parent.

"Through the introduction of the new elective course in class XII this year, the CBSE aims to make every student aware of Indian's ancient land and culture," conveyed the CBSE officials through a letter written to the schools.

The CBSE has also clarified on the qualifications required by the teachers to be able to teach these subjects. The science modules can be taught only by the teachers who are a science postgraduates and similarly, the humanities-based modules can be taught by post graduate teachers of humanities subject.

"The indian culture refers to the way of life of the people of India. India's languages, religions, dance, music, architecture, food, and customs differ from place to place within the country. The Indian culture, often labelled as an amalgamation of several cultures, spans across the Indian subcontinent and includes traditions that are several millennium old," said a member of Sahodya Schools.



Free medicines distributed among patients during medical camps
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 17
Manav Sewa Society organised a free heart check-up camp at the Aggarsen Dharamshala Shakti Vihar, Haiboal, under the chairmanship of Dr Ish Handa, president Sahil Chhabra and general secretary Tarun Goyal.

On this occasion, Dr Kulwant Singh and his team checked up as many as 550 patients and conducted free tests, including ECG, sugar, cholesterol etc. The team of doctors was honoured for taking such an initiative.

MLA Rakesh Pande, district president of BJP Parveen Bansal and president of Green Globe Citizen Varinder Kumar were also present among others. Another free general and diabetes camp was organised by the Diabetes Free World at the Sidh Peeth Dandiswami Mandir, Civil Lines.

Dr Surinder Gupta, managing director of DFW said that team of NIMA doctors examined more than 250 people for diabetes and other ailments. Apart from free blood glucose and uric acid tests, expensive tests like Hba1c, lipid tests and kidney function tests were also done free of cost.

A renowned eye surgeon, Dr Ramesh and cardiologist Dr Shsilesh Kumbhkarni also organised eye and cardio clinics here today. Dr Ramesh an eye surgeon said,"I checked about 500 patients in the OPD and selected 47 patients for the surgery.

However, 25 patients were selected for the advanced diagnostic investigation of diabetes and glaucoma."

He said that their main thirst was on awareness of the people, as how to prevent these dise.



Two-year-old girl gets lease of life
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 17
A team of doctors from Christian Medical College and Hospital gave a new lease of life to a two-years-old child from Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, who was suffering from a serious heart disease.

According to the hospital officials ,"Mohd Hanif and Noorbano's ( from Srinagar) two-years-old child, Baby Rakina was suffering form a major heart defect (large hole in the heart), which was damaging her heart and lungs. Rakina was not growing according to her age and would get recurrent infections. She used to be admitted to the the emergency room of the hospital time and again. The parents were told that Rakina needed an early heart surgery. However, Mohd Hanif, a labourer was unable to collect the money required."

The parents of the child contacted Dr Harinder Singh Bedi, head of Cardiac Surgery at the CMC and Hospital, Ludhiana. On investigation it was realised that only a major open heart surgery could save Rakina as her heart was close to its terminal condition. Dr Bedi, who had advanced training in the treatment of such cases at the Royal

Alexandra Hospital for Children in Australia said that if the lungs of such a children are not treated timely, than they would get damaged beyond repair . In co-ordination with the Director, Dr Abraham G Thomas and Dr Jugesh Chattwal Prof and Head Paediatrics, it was decided to perforrm thie case under the Gift of Life scheme funded by the CMC alumni. Thereafter, a major heart surgery was done wherein Rakina’s body was placed on a heart-lung machine. Dr Bedi said that there were some tense moments when the heart lung machine was stopped.

However by god's grace, Rakina’s heart recovered immediately. Dr Chattwal said that Rakina’s heart is now normal and she can now lead a normal healthy life. During this surgery, the other members of the team included Dr S Garg, Dr Melchi, Dr Allen, Dr Anish, Dr Aradhana, Dr Shipra and Dr Neethu. The delicate control of the heart lung machine was taken by Mr William and Mr Jairus.



Trip to Dalhousie

Ryan International School, Dugri, organised a trip to Dalhousie for the students of classes IV to VI. It was an educational and delightful trip. During the trip, students were told about the historical background of the place that it was established in 1854 by the British Empire in India, as a summer retreat for their troops and bureaucrats.

It is built on and around five hills, Kathalagh, Potreyn, Terah, Bakrota and Bhangora. Located on the western edge of the Dhauladhar mountain range of the Himalayas, it is surrounded by the snow-capped peaks.

The students enjoyed doing various activities like horse riding, visiting temple, hill tracking and also enjoyed the rainy climate of this beautiful place. According to headmistress Ritu Syal, such kind of trips were organised to keep the students relaxed and away from stress. It is like a refreshing juice which energise them and give energy for their further studies.


Free summer competition was organised at Chocolate Faces Play Way and Day Care School at new Maya nagar, Habowal Kalan today. On this occasion, school director Sonia Bhandari and Sanjeev Bhandari said that the children participated in drawing competition, dance competition, chess competition and rabbit race. As many as 60 children participated in the event and all of them were awarded

College to be honoured

PCTE claims to be conferred with the Outstanding B-School (North) Award by ABP NEWS National B-School Awards. The award will be given at the glittering ceremony scheduled on June 29 at Mumbai. The award is in recognition of the leadership, development, best marketing and industry interface of a business school.These are very prestigious awards, well researched and chosen by an independent jury and a panel of professionals, who believe in nurturing talent and in recognising the best institute.

Dr KNS Kang, director general, PCTE Group of Institutes congratulated the faculty and staff of the institute. — TNS



180 feet wall caves in post-rain
Our Correspondent

Khanna June 17
About 180-ft wall of Nirankari Bhawan, Khanna, caved in due to the rain water. As per a memorandum submitted by the members of Nirankari mission, under Ludhiana zonal in charge HS Chawala to SDM, Khanna, they alleged that a private company had started a construction work for a shopping mall and they had dug up a 15-feet-deep hole near the wall of Bhawan for basement.

At that time, the construction work was stopped due to some reason, but in the meantime the place turned into a pond due to rain water. This further resulted in certain holes in the walls and in 2011 two sevadars had died while repairing the wall.

They further alleged that they had even brought this to the notice of administration but the matter remained pending, resulting the sabotage of the wall once again.

When the SDM, Anand Sagar Sharma was contacted in this regard he confirmed of receiving a memorandum in this regard and said that he visited the area and had directed the officials concerned to present all the documents before him for further enquiry into the matter and to solve this issue as soon as possible.



Flooding of fields leaves paddy growers worried
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 17
Though, a scarcity of water has always been a major issue among the farmers during the normal times, in this paddy season, a plenty of water has turned out to be a reason of disputes among farmers, especially when there is heavy rain.

Despite preventive measures by the administration, an increase in number of brawls is observed almost every year and even fatal fights are not an exception to such a situation.

The organisations fighting for the rights of farmers have urged the administration to ensure that a remedial action is taken to prevent flooding of fields by undertaking cleaning of drains and syphons well in time.

In this concern, the police has been receiving higher number of complaints regarding the brawls among farmers, during the paddy sowing season especially when rain water becomes unmanageable. Such fights occur especially, when owners of fields try to divert the water collected on their field, to other’s fields. The residents of different villages and

localities were reported to have fought after the farmers of a village diverted water collected in their fields by cutting the link roads passing through these localities.

In a recent case, a farmer of Ber Kalan village in Payal sub-division was killed and his brother were seriously injured, when the arguments over diversion of water were followed by assault by another party.

Confirming such tendencies of farmers, Bikram Jit Singh, SHO Malaudh said at least eight residents of Ber Kalan village had been booked for allegedly killing Avtar Singh of the same village and attempting to murder his brother, Sukhwinder Singh Sukha. The victim's son Simarjit Singh had told the police that the suspects, identified as Nirmal Singh Billu,

Harbans Singh, Rajinder Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Gurchint Singh, Jaggie and Hari Singh; had attacked his father and uncle when the victims were trying to save their fields from being flooded.

The office-bearers and activists of Punjab Kissan Sabha led by Sikander Singh Jartoli and Baldev Singh Latala regretted that the administration had failed to learn any lesson from dozens of incidents, in which precious lives had been lost due to the disputes of waterlogging.

“Such incidents could have been avoided had the administration taken preventive measures to save fields from flooding due to heavy rains,” argued Jartoli and Latala. Acknowledging the trend, Assistant Commissioner of Police Gill Gurpreet Singh Sikand said all beat officers had been advised to keep a close loot at the situation in their respective areas, so that such fights were prevented with the intervention of social leaders.



Forest department to launch plantation drive on 700 hectares
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 17
District Forest Department would carry out plantation drive in more than 700 hectare area in the district. According to the District Forest Officer, Daljit Singh Brar, plantations would be carried out in watershed areas of five different ranges, including Doraha, Jagroan, Samrala, Ludhiana.

He said that saplings of 40 different species of trees, including those of tahli, sukhchain, safeda, arjan etc would be planted. As many as 425 hectare of watershed areas in the different divisions would be covered in the plantation drive, he said.

He said, under the Green Punjab Mission, initiated by the state government, to bring 33 per cent area under forest cover, as many as 40 lakh trees would be planted in the area of 260 hectares of land in the district. Further plantation would be carried out in the area of 30 hectares under the compensatory afforestation scheme. The plantation is carried out before and during the monsoon season as this is the conducive time for trees to grow, as the saplings get the requisite water during the rains.

"Although it is critical to bring appropriate percentage of land under forest cover in the state, but it is more so in Ludhiana, because of the mounting pollution in the city," a resident said.



Farmers voice anger over land acquisition
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 17
The organisations fighting for the rights of farmers have launched a struggle against government's decision to acquire agricultural land situated in at least seven villages of Ludhiana district.

Demanding a review of the notifications issued by the state government, the crusaders have urged other organisations to join hands to protect rights of the small and marginal farmers who are allegedly facing desertion.

The farmers, led by Joginder Singh Ugrahan and Sukhdev Singh Kokri, the office-bearers of the Bhartia Kissan Union (Ugrahan) and Punjab Kissan Sabha office-bearers, Baldev Singh Latala and Sikandar Singh Jartoli regretted that successive governments in the state and the centre had failed to protect rights of small and marginal farmers of the state.

While terming this notification, regarding acquisition of land measuring 1125 acres situated in seven village of Ludhiana, as a death blow to families of hundreds of farmers, the activists threatened to launch do or die struggle to save interests of concerned farmers. The crusaders called upon office-bearers of other like minded organisations to joins hands with them so that the administration is impressed to review its decision. The crusaders announced to constitute an action committee to lead the proposed struggle.



Take care of your heart: Keep stress at bay, say no to junk food
Maintain cool to keep your blood pressure under control
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 17
Sedentary lifestyle and bad food habits are driving the working class into hypertension, say doctors. Munching on junk food between meals while at office can affect your health as they have high salt content and trans fat, warn doctors.

Dr GS Wander, chief cardiologist, Hero DMC Heart Institute, said: “Not only diet, stress is also taking a toll on your health.”

Suhel Singh (35), who works in a corprorate sector, said: “My job is stressful. I pledge not to lose my temper, but my working conditions are such that it is difficult to keep cool. I always react before listening to the other person. I feel something is wrong with me.”

Dr Ravinder Vatsayan, a city-based ayurvedic doctor, said: “I have come across many people who have no control over their eating habits and have behavioural problems.”

He added: “But to remain healthy and keep your blood pressure under control, one needs maintain cool.”

What causes heart attack

  • High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy diet, consumption of tobacco and alcohol, stress and strain.
  • Doctors’ advice
  • Go for regular exercise and practise yoga
  • Eat green vegetables and fruits
  • Avoid fast food
  • Say no to alcohol, smoking
  • Low intake of salt
  • Be an active listener
  • Spend quality time with family

Reasons for hypertension

  • Negative thoughts
  • Rat race or cutthroat competition
  • Trying to achieve unrealistic goals
  • Mismanagement of finances
  • To remain critical in every situation
  • Being jealous of someone
  • Comparing your fate with others




A meeting of Maha Sabha Ludhiana was held here, in which the office-bearers of the association were elected unanimously. While addressing the meeting Col Jagdish Singh Brar briefed the members about the work being carried out by their association during the last one year. He also mentioned the number of medical camps organised by them and benefits taken by the patients through these camps.

Pulse Polio campaign

On the second day of migratory round of National Pulse Polio Campaign, volunteers of health department visited 1,65,033 houses and administered pulse polio drops to 77,038 kids. District immunisation officer Dr Sanjeev Hans said, "This five-day long pulse polio round will conclude on June 20."

Singer honoured

Folk singer Amarjit Gurdaspuri was honoured with Baba Banda Singh Bahadur award by Baba Banda Singh Bahadur International Trust. Krishan Kumar Bawa, president of the foundation, while speaking on the occasion said that he had been listening to the songs of Gurdaspuri from Jalandhar radio and he was proud of the fact that he had taken the league of folk singing forward. In today's world when everybody is forgetting their own culture and traditions we need such people who are close to their roots.

Ward president appointed

Manju Jain has been appointed as the president of Ward No 21 by Mahila Congress. Leena Taparia, president of district mahila committee said that women had equal rights and equal share. "We are encouraging women to become a part of the party so that women can have equal share even in the government. The women representatives will be appointed from every ward," she said.

Sunil DuttAppointed

Sunil Dutt, a local industrialist has been appointed as advisory panel member with the Central Board of Film Certification, Government of India, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Dutt was sent the welcome letter by the regional official of the board, Raj Kumar, on the behalf of chairperson of the board Leela Samson.

Gatka player honoured

Rachhpal Kaur, a visually impaired Gatka player was honoured at Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Model Town Extension. Inderjeet Singh from the gurdwara said that Rachhpal Kaur was not only a gatka player, but also an inspiration for the young generation as she lost her eyesight due to brain tumour, but she had not left her passion Gatka. On the occasion, she said that although she lost her eyesight, but she could enjoy every colour of life through the internal divine light and love of her family. She further added that she was completely dedicated to the Sikh martial art of Gatka.

Differences sorted out

A meeting of AS management committee was held at Khanna under the chairmanship of president Ashok Sharma, in which the matter of misunderstanding between the principal of AS College, Khanna, and the secretary of the college was sorted out amicably. In the meeting it was decided to work unitedly for the upliftment of the institution. Secretary of the college and college principal decided to sink differences and said there was some misunderstanding but now they had no grudge against each other. The president of the committee Ashok Sharma, Advocate, general secretary BK Batra, Advocate, college Secretary Dr Anil Joshi and college principal RS Jhanji jointly wished good luck for the college and scale greater heights of glory in the future. — TNS

Tension grips Tibba road

Tension gripped the Tibba road area and the Civil Hospital after a person, whose sons were allegedly rounded up by the police in a theft case, died of cardiac arrest.

The death sparked a controversy as the deceased belonged to a minority community. Members of the community gathered on the at Tibba road and held a protest against the police. They asked the authorities to suspend the policemen allegedly responsible for the person’s death.



SI booked for duping doctor
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 17
The police has booked a Punjab police sub-inspector (SI) and three members of his family for duping a city-based doctor. A case has been registered on the complaint of Dr Nikhil Bansal, who has a clinic at Hambran Road.

The SI, Balwinder Singh Saini, is a resident of Sector 32-A, Chandigarh Road.

The police has also booked his sons Rupinder and Surinder and daughter Jyoti.

SI Balwinder Singh Saini had promised to sell a plot to Bansal for Rs 31 lakh.

Instead of registering the property in Bansal's name, the accused registered the property in the name of his three children.

Dr Bansal said Saini took the money and handed over the mutation of the property. He said Saini's children razed a boundary wall that he had constructed around the plot and threatened to kill him.

He brought the matter to the notice of the police. Investigating officer Om Parkash said the case under Sections 420,427, 447,506 of the IPC for fraudulently usurping the land was registered following an inquiry by a senior police officer.

No arrest has been made so far.

2 suicides reported in city

Two suicides were reported in the Basti Jodhewal area of the city. In the first incident, a 30-year- old man ended his life by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his residence in New Shimla Colony, Basti Jodhewal. The deceased was identified as Ram Tirath.

The deceased was stated to be under depression.

In the second incident, a 22- year-old man identified as Mukesh Kumar (22) of Basti Jodhewal committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his house. The deceased's father is a cancer patient. Unable to deal with financial crisis, he took the extreme step, Mukesh's family said.



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