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Civic body does a clean-up act
Swings into action after the death of a six-year-old girl at Bihari Colony, starts sanitation drive
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 6
Sitting in the cocoon of the their government offices, it might not be possible for many officers to imagine and empathise with the ordeal these men, women and children living in unhygienic conditions are going through in the Bihari Colony, Transport Nagar.

The administration woke up to the wretched conditions and a sanitation drive in the area was carried out for the first time yesterday. But the eyes of the administration opened only when six-year-old Radha went to a permanent sleep recently. Apathy of the administration is palpable, as the real cause of her death has not been ascertained even now.

Within an hour or so of consuming water, the girl suffered from diarrhoea. "Before we could reach the hospital, my daughter had died," says her father Shiv Dyal Chauhan.

More than 50 persons, including children, in Bihari Colony are suffering from suspected gastroenteritis.

This has failed to move the municipal corporation and the health department. Only after the death of the girl, the health department officials are distributing chlorine tablets and taking the measure to check the outbreak of the diseases in the area," said Subhagi Devi, who also has an upset stomach.

Contamination of water is one of the reasons for the health problems in the area. Residents said the water pipe used for the tubewell was damaged leading to water contamination. Even now, the water is not clean. The area is littered with garbage, say residents.

District health officer Avinash Kumar said: "As the girl did not die at the hospital, the real cause of her death is not known."

Councillor of the area Pritpal Singh said: "I address every issues of the area. The damaged pipe was replaced," he said. 


Rabies patient bites man
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Family members of Gurdial Singh taking him to Rajendra Hospital, Patiala.
Family members of Gurdial Singh taking him to Rajendra Hospital, Patiala. Photo: Inderjit Verma

Ludhiana, July 6
In a bizarre incident, a man who was tested positive for rabies, bit a patient in the Civil Hospital today.

The patient, 47-year-old Gurdial Singh, a resident of the CMC area, was afflicted with rabies for the past one week when a dog bit him. He was admitted to the hospital for the past four days.

Gurdial works as a labourer at the Focal Point area where the stray dog bit him.

The hospital staff said Gurdial was agitated since morning and bit another patient lying next to him. The staff and workers of Ann Jal Seva, an NGO, tried to control him.

Gurdial’s friend Shiv Ram Sroye said: “Anti-rabies vaccines were not available at the hospital and Gurdial’s condition deteriorated.”

The doctors referred Gurdial Singh to Rajindra Hospital, Patiala.

Dr Avinash Jindal of the Civil Hospital said: “The patient has been referred to Patiala as we don’t have a special ward for rabies patients. The person who has bitten by the Gurdial Singh is out of danger and we have given him two shots of anti-rabies vaccine.”



Boy’s body fished out of canal
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, July 6
The body of a 12-year-old boy was fished out of Sidhwan Canal near South City today.

The boy, identified and as Sunny, a resident of Azad Nagar near Shimlapuri, was feared drowned in the canal when he along with his friend Manoj had gone to take a dip in the water body on July 2.

While Manoj’s body was fished out of the canal on July 4, Sunny's body was spotted floating in the canal this morning.

The police said Manoj and Sunny went to the canal without informing their parents. They came to know about the incident when Manoj’s body fished out by the police.

Amarjit Singh, SHO, Haibowal, said: “We were told that two bys were missing. While the body of one the boys was recovered by the PAU police, the body of the second boy was recovered today. It is suspected that the duo was swept away in the strong current of water.” 

Past incidents

June 11, 2013: A 13-year-old boy drowned while swimming in Sidhwan Canal

June 17: 20-year-old Mohammad Shahrukh, a resident of the Dharampura area near Baba Than Singh Chowk also drowned in the canal

May 20: Three youths, 18-year-old Prabhjot, 20-year-old Purneetpal Singh and 18-year-old Rajdeep Singh, all residents of Ghamnewal village near Hambra, drowned while swimming in the Sutlej. Their bodies were fished out on May 21 and 22.



Railways moots biometric attendance system
To keep a check on absenteeism; many projects, including Lakkar Bridge, still hanging fire
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 6
Even as several projects are hanging fire, the Railways authorities are going overboard in announcing new projects. In the latest, the Railways has proposed to install the biometric system at the Ludhiana railway station to check absenteeism.

The biometric system will also be installed at Jalandhar, Amritsar and Beas railway stations in the Ferozepur division.

Officials of the Ferozepur division said they had received instructions from the headquarters to install the biometric attendance system.

The instructions came at a time when the Railways has failed to complete the ongoing project. The Lakkar Bridge project is still awaiting completion.

There are a number of projects which have not seen the light of the day. Five years ago, railway officials proposed to install automatic machines for the platform passes at the entry points of the station. But no such machine has been installed as yet. The visitors have to buy platform tickets from the ticket counter.

Another project of bio-toilets was announced around 10 years ago. As per the claims of the railway officials, the project was to keep the tracks clean. But the authorities have failed to initiate steps to install bio-toilets.

"We welcome new projects, but what about the ongoing schemes which are yet to take shape," said a railway employee.

Station superintendent Ravinder Sharma said: "There is a problem when it comes to implementing schemes."



mission ludhiana
Dy CM gives nod for Rs 2500 cr aid
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 6
The industrial city of Ludhiana today got a major boost with Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal approving Rs 2499.74 crore for the first phase of upgrading of the city infrastructure to meet the challenge of accelerated growth and increasing population.

Presiding over a marathon meeting, in which Local Government Minister Bhagat Chuni Lal, secretaries of all infrastructure departments and senior officers of Ludhiana Municipal Corporation were present, the Deputy Chief Minister reviewed all projects, dividing them into different phases, and directing their completion within the next three years.

Approving Rs 322.39 crore plan for 100 per cent sewerage system, 100 per cent round-the-clock water supply coverage, augmentation of series of sewerage treatment plants, cleaning of existing main sewer line with super suction machines and turnkey maintenance contract of total system, Sukhbir said that there would be no compromise on the quality of execution of work. He said international infrastructure companies should be engaged for these works.

Badal said the sewerage treatment plants at Jamalpur, Bhattian and Balloke villages should be completed at the earliest. He also asked the civic body to provide mandatory water and sewerage connection to every inhabitation.

Approving the plan drawn for upgrading of road and transportation at a cost of Rs 1352.20 crore, the Deputy Chief Minister said that eight-laning of Ferozepur Road from Sidhwan Canal to MC limit, development of missing links, construction of railway overbridge near Lodhi Club and the one in lieu of that at Lakkar Bazaar should be put on fast track.

Sukhbir also approved the construction of underpasses at Bharat Nagar Chowk, Bhai Bala Chowk and Malhar T-junction for the safety of pedestrians. Expressing concern over pollution caused by Buddah Nullah, Sukhbir approved Rs 110 crore for its rejuvenation.

He also released Rs 398.35 crore for the upgrading of Hambran Road from Court Chowk to MC limit, remodelling of Fountain Chowk, upgrading of Pakhowal Road and construction of railway overbridge on it, upgradation of Malhar Road, and construction of a parking complex at Feroze Gandhi Market and Mata Rani Chowk.

Approving Rs 242.80 crore for the second phase of upgrading of roads, Sukhbir said the focus would be on upgrading of Chandigarh Road from Samrala Chowk to MC limit, construction of underpasses at Vardhman Chowk and Jamaalpur Chowk, upgrading of link road from Bharat Nagar chowk to Samrala, construction of flyover at Cheema Chowk, upgrading of Gill Road from Vishawakarma Chowk, of old GT Road from Sherpupr Chowk to Jalandhar bypass, widening of Rahon Road, Ishmeet Road and Dugri Road, and construction of a railway overbridge at Dana Mandi. Sukhbir also approved Rs 600 crore for upgrading of 164-kilometer small internal roads.

Emphasising on the need for robotic parking system, Sukhbir approved automated mechanised parking system for Chaura Bazaar, Kotwali, Old Court Complex, Ghumar Mandi, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Model Town, BBMB power house, Samrala Chowk, Shimlapuri, MC limit, Rahon Road and Indira Colony.

Badal asked MC Commissioner Rakesh Verma to invite international companies to construct these parking slots. Rs 128.3 crore were sanctioned for this parking project. The Deputy Chief Minister also approved the construction of 31 foot overbridges and foot underbridges to be constructed at a cost of Rs 86 crore at high density traffic zones to facilitate the movement of pedestrians.

It was decided that an MoU would be signed with a Turkish Company, which is executing sanitary work in Lahore, for keeping the city clean. Rs 71 crore were sanctioned for the modernisation of slaughter house, development of dairy complex, mechanised sweeping and washing of important roads and integrated solid waste management plants.



Department invites applications from teachers seeking transfers
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 6
The Education Department, Chandigarh, has invited applications from government schoolteachers who seek transfers. As per the recent communication, circulated in all the districts, the teachers who have been staying at a district for the past two years or more and seek transfer to some other place can apply to the District Education Officer by July 20.

According to the communication preference will be given to the physically challenged applicants, unmarried women and widows. Also, the condition of two-year stay has been waived for them.

The District Education Officer (Secondary) Paramjit Kaur Chahal said this was a routine practice, and every year government called for these applications.

"Following this, teachers are adjusted as per the policy, depending upon the available vacancies at various stations,” said the DEO.

Teachers, however, called this practice an “eyewash”.

A senior teacher at the Jawahar Nagar Camp government school said barring a few (including physically challenged and widows), teachers seeking transfers were not entertained by the department.

"Teachers want to be posted at or near their home district. However, not all the applications are considered. Those having contacts with influential people are entertained by the high-ups, while others are left high and dry,” said the teacher.

“Moreover, it is not as if after the completion of this process, transfers will be banned. The well-connected will be able to get the station of their choice even at later stages,” the teacher said.



Patwaris postpone stir against SSP (Vigilance)
FIR was registered against a patwari in connection with a land-grab case
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 6
Patwaris in the district, which had announced that they would stage a protest against the Vigilance Department from July 8 to12, have postponed their agitation till August 11.

The patwaris maintained that they had a detailed discussion with the officials in the Vigilance Department here yesterday against the withdrawal of an FIR against a patwari, as the latter was innocent. The patwaris said that the officials had ensured that within one month, the probe would be conducted and the case would be withdrawn if the patwari was found innocent.

Talking to The Tribune, Patwari's Association general secretary Darshan Kumar Sharma said that patwaris had proposed to protest against the "high-handedness" of the Vigilance Department from July 8 to12.

The patwaris said that the department had deputed another DSP to look into the matter in detail and submit the report of the findings.

"Since the department has sought time of about a month, we agreed to it and will wait till August 11. But if till then nothing is done then we will resort to an agitation", said Sharma.

"An FIR was registered against patwari Balwinder Singh, in connection with a land-grab case of Bollywood actor Dharmendra. The patwari, against whom the case has been registered, did not even prepare the mutation deed (both fard/intekaal) of the land belonging to the actor. It is possible that the patwari has been made the scapegoat. But we want justice and a case against him needs to be withdrawn by the department", said the General Secretary. Meanwhile, a probe is being conducted into the case and Balwinder Singh is performing his routine work. 



Two die, 4 hurt as tempo overturns
Tribune Reporters

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 6
Two persons were killed and four others injured when the tempo carrying them overturned near Sayan Kalan village on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road near here this afternoon.

The mishap took place after a tyre of the vehicle burst and the driver lost control over the steering wheel.

The deceased were identified as Digree and Sanjiv Chaudhary, both migrant labourers from Bihar, presently residing in Ludhiana.

Surjit Pal Singh, Mani Lal, Deepak Kumar and Murthanjay were seriously injured in the incident. They were shifted to a multi-specialty hospital in Ludhiana.

The victims were returning from Malerkotla after purchasing vegetables from a wholesale market. The police was yet to register a case.

Five held with smack

Samrala: The Samrala police has recovered 75 gms of smack from different places and arrested five persons in this regard. Station House Officer, Samrala, said a police party recovered 15 gms of the contraband from a youth near Manki village. He was identified as Jasvir Singh, a resident of Baghour village.

In another incident, a police party apprehended a youth and recovered 15-gm smack from him at a police checkpoint near Mal Majra village. The accused was identified as Sukhjeet Singh, a resident of Bondli village.

Another person, Narinder Singh, was arrested with 30 gms of smack at a checkpoint on Chawa Road. The arrested person is a resident of Kamal Colony, Samrala.

A police party arrested two more persons and recovered 30-gm smack from their possession. They were identified as Amandeep Singh and Harpreet Singh, both residents of Dhamot village. The police has registered cases under relevant sections and is questioning the arrested persons.



Film distributor’s death mourned
Tribune News Service

Vakil Singh
Vakil Singh

Ludhiana, July 6
Vakil Singh (82), a prominent film distributor of Hindi and Punjabi movies in the region, passed away recently in a hit-and-run case.

Remembering the octogenarian, Punjabi actor and comedian Gurpreet Ghuggi said, "He was a fantastic man, and had a revolutionary zeal.”

Vakil Singh distributed over 250 movies of the Mumbai film industry featuring prominent actors including Raj Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan.

"He had very cordial relations with many actors including the Deol family," said Satnam Singh, a fellow film distributor.

Veteran actor Preeti Sapru said that it was very sad that he met an unfortunate end. He was a vivacious person, who earned a great reputation and love from the top actors of the industry, she said.

"I worked with him on many occasions, and my sister and I were partners for a movie," she said.



Uniform approach needed for development: Minister
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 6
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister, Manish Tewari, said that ‘uniform approach’ is vital for the overall development.

Addressing a gathering at Arya Samaj Dharamshala today, Tewari said that Punjab was lagging behind due to the “discriminating approach” of the Akali- BJP government.

He said that the government was not providing funds to the areas represented by the Congress.

The recent panchayat elections have proved that despite the misuse of the official machinery, a large number of Congressmen have been elected panches and sarpanches. Tewari applauded the role of Arya Samaj in different fields, especially, awakening of the people against social evils.

Tewari presented a cheque of Rs 5 lakh from his MPLADS fund for the construction of a dharmshala to the organisation’s president, Atam Parkash. Earlier, he laid the foundation stone for the dharmshala.



19-year-old electrocuted

Khanna July 6
A girl died when she came in contact with a live electric wire at a house in Krishna Nagar Colony, Khanna, this morning. The deceased was identified as Archana (19), who belonged to a migrant family.

As per information, the SHO (City), said Archana was cleaning the house of her landlord Sikander Singh when she came in contact with the live wire and she died on the spot. The landlord and his wife were away. Their daughter was at home at the time of the incident.The landlord’s daughter noticed Archna lying on the ground and she immediately raised the alarm and called some neighbours, who rushed the girl to the Civil Hospital, Khanna, where she was declared brought dead.No case was registered. — OC



Man falls off rooftop, dies
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 6
A 35-year- old man died after falling from a rooftop in SBS Nagar located in the Dugri area here today.

The deceased has been identified as Sukhwinder Singh. Relatives of Sukhwinder Singh said that he was sleeping on the roof top when he fell off the rooftop.



NGO for higher education among city youths
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 6
Two youths from Kerala addressed a group of school and college students enrolled in the foundation course of a career charity NGO, Sukrit Trust. Aleesha Mary Joseph, economics graduate from St Stephen's College, Delhi, inspired the youth to go for higher education in Delhi and not get restricted to local institutions.

"No obstacles of language or cultures can stop us if we have the courage and commitment to make a change," she said. 



from colleges
Sonam bags second position in PU exams

Sonam Mehta of the Khalsa College for Women in a jubilant mood after the declaration of results in Ludhiana. Ludhiana: Sonam Mehta has made the Khalsa College for Women proud by bagging the second position in BSC-III (biotechnology) exams conducted by Panjab University, Chandigarh. Sonam had clinched the second position last year as well. Sonam thanked the college principal and staff for their support and encouragement.

Sonam Mehta of the Khalsa College for Women in a jubilant mood after the declaration of results in Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

GGNIMT students fare well

Chetna Aneja, fourth-semester MBA student of Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute ofChetna Aneja Management and Technology, Civil Lines, once again topped the university with 90 per cent marks. Other students too fared well in the final examination conducted by Punjab Technical University. Isha and Harpreet Kaur bagged the second and third positions in the institute with 87 per cent and 86 per cent marks respectively in GGNIMT. Chetna attributed her success to her regularity in studies and continuous efforts. — TNS
Chetna Aneja



Crime briefs

Thieves strike at house

Ludhiana: Thieves struck at a house of a doctor in Rishi Nagar and decamped with a car, two cooking gas cylinders and other valuables, including gold ornaments and cash lying in the house. The incident came to light Saturday morning when Dr S Kalra along with his family members arrived at the house and was shocked to find the premises ransacked.

Workers stage dharna against ASI

Workers staged a dharna at Cheema Chowk and blocked traffic while lodging their protest against Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Amandeep Singh, posted in the city. Sanjay Parsad, who was leading the protest, said that he was working as a production incharge in Style Arch located in Industrial Area- I. He said the factory was owned by Gagandeep Kaur, wife of ASI Amandeep Singh. He said that ASI Amandeep used to threaten the workers by narrating stories of police tortures.

32-yr-old commits suicide

A 32-year-old man committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his house in the New Shakti Nagar area on Saturday. The deceased has been identified as Gurdev Singh. The incident came to light when the family members arrived at the house and were shocked to find the body hanging from a ceiling fan. Soon the police was told about the incident. The body of the deceased was handed over to the relatives after postmortem at Civil Hospital.

One dies of injuries

A person, who was hit by an unknown vehicle on July 2, succumbed to injuries on Sunday night. The victim could not be identified so far. Eyewitness Narinderjeet Singh, a resident of Industrial Area-A, said when he was heading towards Samrala Chowk, he saw a large crowd gathered at the spot. The person was hit by an unknown vehicle.

Minor girl kidnapped

The Jamalpur police has booked two brothers for kidnapping a 14-year-old girl. The accused have been identified as Rakesh Kumar and Munish Kumar, both residents of Bihar. The incident took place on June 17. The victim's father, a resident of Mundian Kalan, said his daughter was working at a factory unit and the accused were also working there. On June 17 his daughter went to bring some household material from the market, but did not return home. He further stated that the accused had kidnapped his daughter.

Two booked for dowry

The city police has booked Davinder Singh and his father Gopal Singh, both residents of Shaheed Udham Singh Nagar in Amritsar, for fraud and dowry harassment. The complainant Gurmeet Kaur said that she got marred to Davinder Singh in March last year. Soon after the wedding her husband and in- laws started harassing her for dowry. The matter reached a marriage dispute cell of the Police Department. Ultimately a compromise was affected at Rs 2.5 lakh to be given to Gurmeet Kaur. However, Davinder gave an unsigned cheque, kept it in an envelope and returned to Amritsar. When Gurmeet Kaur opened the envelop she was shocked to find the unsigned cheque. She reported the matter to the police and a case was registered against the accused. – TNS



Hockey stadium in a state of neglect
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 6
India’s only blue and pink AstroTurf is facing negligence at the hands of the authorities, as no infrastructure for its maintenance is available at the Olympian Pirthipal Singh Standard Hockey Stadium, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana.

The Punjab Mandi Board had spent around Rs 5 crore for the laying of the blue and pink AstroTurf, lighting and renovation of the hockey stadium. The work in the stadium was initiated in 2011, but within two years the hockey stadium is facing the apathy of the government. Since the stadium is still lying incomplete, the Mandi Board has not yet handed over the stadium to the Sports Department.

Office-bearers of the District Hockey Association said that the cost of the blue and pink AstroTurf was around Rs 3 crore, but the water guns installed to maintain the smoothness of the turf were not functioning due to the defunct water pump. The turf has become filthy and there is a possibility that the players might get injured while practicing or playing on it.

Apart from the AstroTurf, the canopy of the newly renovated stadium also leaks during the rainy season. Niku Grewal, treasurer, District Hockey Association, said there is a leakage in the canopy and during the monsoons it would become very difficult for spectators to sit there. There is no facility of a ceiling fan at the VIP gallery of the stadium. Due to the absence of power supply in the canopy, area lights cannot be installed.

Toilets at the stadium are also in a pathetic condition. RS Gill, Chief Engineer, Mandi Board, said, "We are not responsible for the AstroTurfturf as the Sports Department is responsible for it. Due to the shortage of funds, the stadium is lying incomplete. The moment we get the funds, we will hand over the stadium to the Sports Department by August. We are aware of the problems at the stadium and we will try to overcome them soon".

Before the London Olympics in 2012, the blue and pink AstroTurf was placed in the stadium and it was said that the practice camp of the Indian hockey squad for Olympics was to be held here but due to certain reasons, the camp was cancelled.



Masters athletics meet
Charanjit bags two golds
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 6
Charanjit Kaur (56), a veteran athlete from the city, brought laurels at the national athletics championship. Charanjit participated in the 34th National Masters Athletics Championship held at Bangalore recently and won two gold medals in hammer throw and discus throw events.

International veteran player Charanjit said she had participated in the national games for the fourth time. She had participated in a international Championship at China last year. Now she is practicing hard to represent India in the XX World Masters Athletics Championships Stadia (WMACS), Porto Alegre, in Brazil.

Charanjit has been working as a physical training instructor at Government Senior Secondary School, Division No 3, and gave the credit of her achievements to her school staff and principal Reva Gupta.

Last year, she won silver medal in the hammer throw and bronze medal in the discus throw in the same competition.

Charanjit Said, “There is no support system for the veterans in sports. We visit the venue and bear all the expenses from our pockets. I can win gold in the international event going to be held in Brazil, but do not have money to go there. The government or some NGOs should support us.

"I belong to Khanna. My father Desh Raj wanted me to take up sports. After marriage, my in-laws also motivated me. They provided me with positive environment and gave me the confidence to go out and play", said Charanjit Kaur.

"Sports is my passion. It keeps me healthy and fit. Now, I have taken up power lifting. I enjoy spending time at the playgrounds" she added.



north zone baseball
Punjab eves, men emerge champions
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, July 6
Punjab players proved their mettle to emerge as champions in the women as well as men's section in the ninth North Zone Baseball Championship held at Srinagar, recently.

In the women's section, Punjab overwhelmed Chandigarh 11-1 to clinch the title. The main architects of their victory were Amanjot, Ramandeep, Arshdeep who scored a brace each. Raj Rani, Virpal, Jasleen, Divya and Amandeep secured one run each to help Punjab to lift the winners' trophy.

Amanjot Kaur, caption of the team was declared the best player of the tournament. Earlier, in the semifinal, Punjab eves trounced hosts Jammu and Kashmir 10-0 to set up the title clash with Chandigarh.

Similarly, in the men's section, Punjab proved too good for their opponents. In the final, they blanked Chandigarh by 7-0 to bag the top honours.

Rakesh, Parmod, Ramesh, Sunil, Shankur, Ravi Dutt, Sukhdev chipped in with one score each to complete the rout. Punjab players were so dominating that Chandigarh men failed to open their account and surrendered meekly. Parmod was adjudged the best player of the tournament.

In the semifinal, Punjab outplayed its neighbouring state, Haryana 8-2, to reach the final and wrapped it up to come out triumphant.



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