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Teachers hold up traffic
Say govt has failed to keep its word on their demands; seek meeting with CM
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Policemen try to stop teachers during a protest near the Jalandhar bypass in Ludhiana on Sunday; and (right) commuters prefer to walk to reach their destination following a traffic jam
Policemen try to stop teachers during a protest near the Jalandhar bypass in Ludhiana on Sunday; and (below) commuters prefer to walk to reach their destination following a traffic jam. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan
Policemen try to stop teachers during a protest near the Jalandhar bypass in Ludhiana on Sunday; and (right) commuters prefer to walk to reach their destination following a traffic jam

Ludhiana, July 7
The Sikhiya Provider Adhiyapak Union, Punjab, today blocked traffic on the main Jalandhar bypass road to press the government to implement its long-pending demands, causing inconvenience to hundreds of commuters.

Earlier, the teachers staged a dharna in a peaceful manner at the grain market this morning. However, later in the afternoon, people had to face harassment as the teachers blocked one side of the main Jalandhar bypass road. A huge police force was deployed to control the situation. The protesting teachers refused to clear the road till the district administration arranged a meeting between them and Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

Buses and other vehicles were forced to used the wrong side of the road due to the blockade. This resulted in a traffic jam.

President of the union Manjit Singh said their cadre comprised 7,404 teachers in Punjab. All of them were working on a contract basis. "We want the government to regularise our services at the earliest. Besides, many women teachers get married to persons in other districts. The government should transfer them to suitable places so that don't have to travel to far-off places everdy day," he said.

He said in April 2012, the government had agreed to provide them full pay scale. However, when they recently met Education Minister SS Maluka, he denied having given any such assurance.

"The state government has cheated us. First, it agreed to our demand , but later backtracked. We are being asked to clear the Teachers' Eliginility Test, which was started two years ago. Since we were recruited in 2007-08, we shouldn't be asked to take this test," he said.

Teachers demand jobs

The TET Pass Unemployed Teachers Union, Punjab, held a state-level meeting here today. Teachers staged a protest at Chhatar Singh Park. President of the union Amandeep Singh Phul said for the past two years, the teachers were struggling for their rights. In September 2012, the government had issued an advertisement to fill 5,078 posts, but so far no recruitment had been made.

The protesting teachers said the government was required to recruit teachers under the Right to Eduction Act, but it had failed to do so. They said lakhs of candidates had appeared for the eligibility test, which was very difficult, as a result of which only 4 per cent of them could clear it. "Despite this, we are unemployed. If the government is in no mood to make new recruitments, then what is the fun of conducting these tests?


paternity claim
Gujarat laboratory sends back baby’s DNA samples
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 7
The DNA samples of a newborn baby boy, who was allegedly kidnapped by his maternal grandfather in April and reportedly sold to a Delhi-based businessman for Rs 8 lakh through Facebook, have been returned by the Gujarat Forensic Sciences Laboratory.

The Jodhewal police had sent the DNA samples of the newborn baby and his mother to ascertain the paternity. However, the authorities in Gujarat expressed their inability to test the samples and returned these.

Balwinder Singh, SHO, Jodhewal Basti, said, "We are again sending the DNA samples to Gujarat and hope to receive the results soon."

Sources said a large number of DNA samples were sent to the laboratory in Gujarat from across the country due to which the authorities were hard-pressed and had expressed their inability to perform the DNA test.

The sources said the police had recently decided to send the DNA samples to a laboratory in Haryana, but the plan was shelved as the police required the nod of the Haryana DGP.

The police had arrested five persons, including a nurse and a middleman, for their alleged involvement in selling the newborn baby.

Delhi-based businessman Amit Kumar, who had "purchased" the newborn boy, was also arrested by the police.

The accused were identified as the baby boy's maternal grandfather, Feroz, his friend Irfan, and Gurpreet Singh and Sunita, attendant and nurse, respectively, at Satyam Hospital, where the baby was born.

On April 14, 20-year-old Noora, a resident of Iqbal Nagar in Basti Jodhewal, along with her mother, had approached the police and lodged a complaint against her father Firoz for kidnapping her baby.

Noora was deserted by her husband nearly four months ago. As she was five months' pregnant, she started living with her parents. Noora said she gave birth to a baby boy on April 9. She alleged that ever since the baby's birth, her father wanted to sell her son.

On April 10, nurse Sunita and attendant Gurpreet Singh allegedly took the baby and the next day she was told that the baby had died due to an ailment. The duo gave Noora Rs 45,000 and told her to stay quiet.

During questioning, Noora's father Firoz told the police that the baby was sold to a businessman in Delhi in connivance with his friend Irfan, hospital attendant Gurpreet Singh and nurse Sunita. He told the police that Gurpreet Singh had struck a deal with a businessman for Rs 8 lakh. The deal was made on Facebook. The incident had led to angry protests by social organisations. Finally, the baby was recovered from a noted multi-speciality hospital in Delhi on April 19 and handed over to the family.



Information panel slaps penalty on MC for defiance
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, July 7
Delaying tactics adopted by the municipal corporation in providing information to applicants under the Right to Information Act and non-compliance with the directions of the State Information Commission, Punjab, are costing the civic body dear.

Taking exception to the laxity of MC officials in two cases, the information panel has enhanced the compensation awarded to the complainant from Rs 5,000 to Rs 6,000 each. The amount of compensation, the commission directed, would be paid from the pocket of the public authority of the MC.

According to city-based RTI activist Kuldeep Singh Khaira, the MC has also been directed to fix responsibility for the delay in providing information and non-compliance with the orders of the commission.

In his petition filed before the Commissioner, Khaira said he had sought information under the RTI Act on a project for laying 80 mm thick interlocking tiles of octagonal design and construction of footpaths on the sides of Gill Road from Campa Cola Chowk to the Sidhwan Canal.

"The public authority of the MC failed to provide information within the stipulated time, and the first appeal preferred before the competent authority also did not yield the desired results," he said.

Khaira said even after the state commission issued directions to the Public Information Officer of the civic body on April 11, 2013, to clear the stand of the MC regarding the terms and conditions of the tender, the copy of technical bids and the comparative statement of technical bids, the MC failed to act. Besides, certified sealed samples of the material used in the Rs 1.95 crore project were also not supplied by the MC as demanded by the applicant.

In his petition, Khaira had apprised the commission that the project was still incomplete despite a lapse of more than one year of the stipulated period and the officials concerned had failed to levy penalty according to the terms and conditions of the agreement or blacklist the contractor for the delay in the completion of the work.



commercial activity
LIT in a spot for failure to act against HIG flat owners
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, July 7
The Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) authorities have landed themselves in trouble over their failure to take action against the "illegal" change of land use (CLU) by several owners of high income group (HIG) flats on Maharani Jhansi Road near the commercial hub of Ghumar Mandi in the city.

During the past several years, owners of some HIG flats, especially those on the ground floor, have started commercial activity in their respective flats in blatant violation of the conditions of allotment, with the LIT authorities truning a blind eye to the unlawful act.

The field staff of the LIT seem to be hand in glove with the owners of the flats as evident from the fact that even after clear directions issued by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, no action, except for issuing a public notice in newspapers, has been taken against the unlawful act. The terms and conditions of the allotment stipulate that the flats will only be used for residential purposes.

Acting on a complaint filed by the Council of RTI Activists in this regard, Director, Local Government (DLG), Punjab, Priyank Bharti has now shot off a letter to the LIT asking it to submit its report on the illegal change of land use in HIG flats within two days. The directorate has also sought the names of officials/employees responsible for non-submission of report so that they can be proceeded against.

Interestingly, the DLG has cited nine official and DO letters written to the LIT authorities from September 2009 to March 2013 seeking a detailed report on blatant violations of the CLU by the allottees. An inquiry conducted by the Chief Vigilance Officer, Local Government, had asserted that the terms and conditions of allotments had been violated by several allottees of HIG flats and that the LIT had taken no action against the unlawful act.

In the complaint, Rohit Sabharwal, president, Council of RTI Activists, has alleged that residential flats had, in fact, become core commercial centres, causing traffic jams, congestion and nuisance to other residents of the area. He alleged that the field staff of the LIT was extracting money from owners of flats who were carrying out commercial activity.



Thieves strike at shop, flee with 150 cameras
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 7
Thieves struck at a shop on Raikhy Cinema Road near the railway station and decamped with 150 still and digital cameras worth Rs 45 lakh.

The incident came to light when a shopkeeper, Kali, visited the road and was shocked to find the shutter of the shop open.

Kali informed Nitin and Neeraj Gupta, owners of Gupta Studio, about the incident.

Soon, the police also reached the spot. According to Nitin, the thieves entered the shop after breaking its lock.

The investigating officer said it appeared that the thieves had used an iron rod to break the lock and "roll the shutter upwards".

Nitin said in all likelihood the thieves struck at the shop in the wee hours as people keep visiting the road till late at night.

"Many eateries are located on this road. It is not possible for thieves to go unnoticed. The thieves may have struck between 2 am and 5 am," said a resident of the area.

Nitin said besides cameras kept on display, the thieves also took away those kept in boxes.

During investigation, it came to light that six CCTV cameras were installed in the shop.

The owners told the police that they used to switch off the CCTV cameras while closing the shop for fear of a shot circuit as recently a shop in the area had caught fire.

The police has not ruled out the involvement of an insider in the incident who was probably aware that the CCTV cameras do not function at night.

The police checked CCTV cameras installed outside other shops on the road to gather evidence.

The police suspects that the thieves came on a truck and parked it in front of the shop to evade suspicion.

Later, they loaded the stolen material in the truck and fled. Surinder Mohan, SHO, Kotwali, said a case had been registered.



Power cuts hit residents hard
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, July 7
There seems to be no relief for the residents of Jagraon area from the prolonged power cuts imposed by the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited. The residents of Jagraon and nearby villages continue to face daily power cuts ranging from 6 to 8 hours.

It is not only during the day time that power cuts are being imposed. The power continues to play hide and seek with the people during the night hours too, thus, increasing their woes.

Even though the state government has been claiming to make the state power surplus for last many years, the reality is completely different from the government claims. In fact, the government has failed to generate enough electricity required for the domestic and commercial purpose. The sources in the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited say that it is only due to the ever increasing gap in demand and supply of the power that the power cuts are being imposed on regular basis.

Apart from the domestic consumers, the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited has also failed to provide enough power supply to the farming sector. The farmers of Jagraon area rue that they too have not been getting enough power supply and power cuts are a regular affair for them.

"We have been witnessing power cuts ranging from five to eight hours every day due to which we have been facing a lot of problems. The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited has failed to provide enough power for the farmers contrary to the promise made by the government prior to the paddy season," said Amarjit Singh, a farmer of Janetpura village.

"We have to depend on generator sets to water our fields for sowing paddy crop due to the power cuts. The use of generator sets costs much more than the electricity. If the situation does not improve in coming days, we are bound to face heavy losses," said Hakam Singh, a farmer from Kamalpura village.

According to sources, the major reason behind the power cuts has been the increasing gap between the demand and supply of electricity. Besides this, the regular technical snags due to overload have also affected the power supply.

"We are doing our best to provide uninterrupted power supply to the people but due to the huge gap between consumption and production of electricity. We are finding it difficult to provide regular power supply. Besides this, the technical snags due to overload have also increased the problem," said Chetan Kumar, Xen PowerCom Jagraon.



panchayat poll
Akalis misused official machinery, says Tewari
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 7
Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari said Akalis had nothing much to cheer about the outcome of the recently held panchayat elections.

Tewari was speaking during the inauguration of a diagnostic centre in Ludhiana today.

He claimed that despite the misuse of official machinery by the SAD (B), the Congress supported candidates had won at several places.

The Union Minister said, “The Right to Food Security will ensure two-time food for over 80 crore Indians at minimum affordable prices.”

He said some opposition parties were trying to sabotage and subvert the law before it could be enacted for petty political reasons.

Earlier, expressing concern over the non-availability of clean and safe drinking water, Tewari said, “The Right to Safe Drinking Water is under the consideration of the UPA Government.”

He said, “The Union Government is committed to provide safe drinking water to those who cannot afford the RO system.”

Later, addressing a religious gathering, he said: “The UPA Government is fully committed to the uplift of weaker section of the society.”

While paying tributes to Sant Kabir, Tewari said the teachings of Kabir inspire us to follow the path of universal brotherhood and equality.

On the occasion, Tewari conferred Kabir Rattan Award on Ashok Bhagat of Batala for his social services.

He also presented medals to 15 meritorious students, who had passed the matriculation and class XII exam with more than 80 per cent marks.



Stray dog menace: Residents seek amendment to laws
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 7
A day after a rabies patient bit another patient, residents have demanded amendment to laws to tackle stray dog menace.

Stray dogs are seen roaming freely in the city.

Doctors feel that sterilisation was not a viable method to control the population of dogs in the city.

As per Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules, 2001, under Sub-Section (1) of Section 38 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, animal welfare organisations, individuals and the authorities should join hands to sterilise street dogs. The Municipal Corporation is responsible for the planning and
management of the dog control programme.

As per the rules, the civic body should get a dog survey done.

Jagdip Singh Jugnu, a resident of Gandhi Colony, said, "There are a number of stray dogs in our area. A few days ago, the dogs attacked a woman. The residents have brought the matter to the notice of the MC a number of times, but to no avail."

A six-year-old became a victim of stray dogs a few months ago.

Hardeep Kaur, a resident of Karnal Singh Nagar, Pakhowal Road, said, "I have stopped venturing outdoors. The authorities should do something to check the menace."

Earlier, the Municipal Corporation used to kill the stray dogs. But after animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi objected to the practice, the civic body started sterilising the dogs which apparently failed to control the population. "The government should make amendment to the laws," said a doctor.



Nek Chand’s creations adorn temple
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 7
If you have been enamoured by the sculptures at Rock Garden in Chandigarh, you may have a strong sense of déjà vu while visiting Shree Geeta Mandir, Vikas Nagar, near Pakhowal Road.

Creations by the Nek Chand Foundation are a part of the garden in the temple. About 20 statues, including ducks, gardener, watchman, ladies and Lord Shiva, catch visitors' fancy.

"There is something typical about the sculptures made by Nek Chand, the expression of their faces and the way these have been built is particularly typical. When I saw the sculptures in the temple, I thought that those had been copied from Nek Chand's work. But I was absolutely amazed and happy to know that the works had actually come from the Nek Chand Foundation," said Amit Verma, a resident.

"There is some work of art in the art-starved Ludhiana, no matter how less these are," said Ritu, a resident of Pakhowal Road.

"These sculptures were gifted by Nek Chand to Ashwani Bhasin, a resident. But he had to shift to another house. So he gifted the sculptures to the temple," said Pardeep Dhall from the management committee of the temple.

Ashwani Bhasin (55), a businessman, said he had known Nek Chand for a long time.

"Nek Chand was my in-laws' neighbour in Sector 27-A," he said. "I used to go to Rock Garden and meet Bau ji (Nek Chand) many a time. He gave me a few sculptures. But as I had to shift, I gave those to Shree Geeta Mandir. Now, a lot of people visit the temple to see the sculptures," he said. "I am happy with the way the temple committee has maintained the creations," he added.



Hotmix plant owners air grievances
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 7
Members of the Punjab Hotmix Plant Owners Association are a harried lot.

The owners lamented that the state government had undertaken a Rs 1,700 crore project, under which link roads were to be upgraded and maintained for the next five years, but they were finding it difficult to complete the work. JP Singh, vice-president of the association, said quarries supplying gravel had shut down and in order to complete the pending work, they had to buy material on the black market. He said contractors were suffering losses. The crushers which used to run for at least 18 hours were now being run for only four hours just to show the scarcity of the material. "We have brought it to the notice of the state government many a time, but to no avail. The state government needs to solve the problem at the earliest," he said.

The owners said truck operators were fixing charges at whims. They said there was no lock system in tankers and anyone could change the material.



Nine police officers reshuffled
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 7
Nine police officers, including station house officers, were reshuffled today.

The officers were transferred a month after PS Gill took over as the police chief.

Kuldeep Singh has assumed the charge of the SHO of Division No. 2. He has replaced Gurpreet Singh, who has been posted in the MCO cell.

Surjit Singh Nagra has replaced Jaswinder Singh as the Shimlapuri SHO.

Paramjit Singh has been posted as the SHO of the PAU police station. He has replaced Gurveer Singh.

Rajesh Thakur has been given the charge of the NRI police station while Gopal Krishan has been posted as the in charge of the courts complex police post.

Gurbachan Singh, SHO, Kum Kalan, has been given the charge of the SHO (traffic). He has replaced Raj Kumar who has been posted as the PCR in charge.

Inderjit Singh has been posted as the SHO of Kum Kalan.

Buland Singh has been posted as the in charge of the DCR while Shamsher Singh has replaced Paramjit Singh as the new reader of the Commissioner of Police. Paramjit Singh has been posted at the security branch.

Harpal Singh has assumed the charge of the SHO of the Sarabha Nagar police station.



Medical team leaves for Uttarakhand

Ludhiana, July 7
A team of doctors and paramedical staff left for Uttarakhand today.

The Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD), Indian Medical Association Ludhiana, Punjab Medical Representatives' Association and Whole Sale Chemists Association, Ludhiana, have joined hands to help the flood-hit. Dr Arun Mitra, general secretary, IDPD, and executive member of the IMA, Dr SK Prabhaker, psychiatrist, Dr Rachana Bawa and Dr Neelam Arya, physicians, Dr Shakeel Ur Rahman, along with paramedical staff Kuldip Singh Binder, Anod Kumar and Sanjeet Kumar, will stay in the affected areas for five days. —TNS




Ludhiana, July 7
Residents of Golden Vihar, Ward No 2, protested against the problem of accumulation of rainwater in the area.

They protested against the area councillor and said that the councillor has been making false promises about the same. —TNS



Learning becomes fun
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 7
Karamjeet Singh Grewal, a school teacher, has found a unique way to teach Gurmukhi to children.

Karamjeet has recorded songs and has written the lyrics. A CD of folk songs was released by students at Kheri Chameri village today.

His songs depict the glory of Punjabi culture. The visualisation of alphabets helps students identify alphabets.



Over 100 take part in plantation drive
Tribune News Service

Volunteers take part in a plantation drive to mark Environment Care Week at Sarabha Nagar in Ludhiana on Sunday
Volunteers take part in a plantation drive to mark Environment Care Week at Sarabha Nagar in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, July 7
If all the religious organisations start environment campaigns, it would go a long way in addressing the global problem of environmental issues. This was stated by Jatinder Singh Sandhu of Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Sarabha Nagar.

Environmental Care Week was started at the gurdwara today. Over 100 volunteers carried out the plantation, pruning drive on the gurdwara road, Church road and New School Road.

“People have devotion for religious organisations, and if they propagate this noble cause, it will make a big difference,” said Sandhu.

Satvir Kaur from the Eco Sikh, Dr Amandeep Singh Bains from the RBS Roots, Major Sher Singh Aulakh from the Bharat Jan Gyan Vigian Sanstha, Dr Brij Mohan Bhardwaj from the Ornamental Horticulture Society, Harpreet Soin from the Ludhiana Care, Tajinder Pal Singh from the V MAD, Ajit Singh and Ranjit Singh from the Gurdwara Maya Nagar and Inderjit Singh Sodhi from the Gurdwara Sargodha Colony also joined the campaign.

Sandhu appealed to all the gurdwara management committees to take up the issue of environment in furtherance of the dictates of the seventh Guru Har Rai Sahib. “This is the most important \problem of the modern times,” he said.

He said trees, including Calendra, Amaltas, Kurizia, Gulmor and Kaner were planted by the volunteers along the roads.

"There is 95 percent survival rate of the trees planted under the environment campaign by the gurdwara," he said.

Various environment campaigns, including tree plantation, beautification of Sarabha Nagar and flower shows have been carried out by the gurdwara to encourage environmental consciousness amongst the residents.



Health team visits Bihari Colony

Ludhiana, July 7
After the suspected deaths due to gastro and malaria disease in Bihari Colony, a team of officials from the Health Department visited the area today. Doctors from the team claimed that the situation was under control and no new case was reported from past three days.

Dr Ajit Singh, District Epidemiologist, said: “We have set up a check up camp at transport Nagar dispensary and our team members have visited the area. Now, everything is fine in the area.” A team led by District Health Officer Avinash Kumar has also visited the Bihari colony yesterday. The team found larvae at stagnant water in the area. Dr Ajit said, “The team has sprayed the anti-malaria spray wherever they found stagnant water.” —TNS



Revise colony policy, demand property dealers

Ludhiana, July 7
The Punjab Colonisers and Property dealers Association welcomed the decision of state government to legalise the unauthorised colonies.

Preetam Singh, president of the association, demanded that colony policy should be revised. — TNS



40 dentists get Fellowship

Ludhiana, July 7
Indian Dental Association in collaboration with the International College of Continuing Dental Education under the aegis of the Asia Pacific Dental Federation held a two-day scientific workshop on July 6 and July 7.

Dr Bhagwant Singh, chairman of the organising committee, said four eminent speakers from Asia-Pacific countries and four speakers from India delivered lectures, imparting latest procedures in different stream of dentistry. The workshop was attended by 450 delegates from North and Western provinces of the country. Dr Dato A Ratanesan, president of the Asia-Pacific Dental Federation, and Dr Oliver Hennedige, secretary general of the federation, were present on the occasion. Dr Jasbir Singh Judge, organising secretary of the workshop, said 40 selected dentists were conferred the fellowship of International College of Continuing Dental College and 60 selected delegates were registered to impart latest skills in the field of dentistry. —TNS



Find protest sites for farmers, DCs told

Ludhiana, July 7
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has directed all deputy commissioners (DCs) in Punjab to find protest sites for farmers. The directions were issued following a meeting with 17 kisan organisations in Chandigarh on June 24.

The Chief Secretary, Punjab, has sent a letter to the DCs asking them to find suitable sites and report to him within a week.

The letter also states that police cases against kisan leaders may be cancelled or withdrawn as decided at a meeting in December 2011.

"Farmers usually block roads or trains due to which a lot of inconvenience is caused to the public. Being in large numbers, farmers often find it difficult to gather at one point. The DCs have been asked to find suitable protest sites so that the general public does not face any problem," said the official. —TNS



200 babies take part in show
Tribune News Service

A child with her mother at a show at Mother's Pride Playway School in Ludhiana
A child with her mother at a show at Mother's Pride Playway School in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, July 7
A baby show was organised at Mother's Pride today. Children participated under different age groups, 0- 6 months, 7 - 12 months and 1 to 2 years. On the occasion, the children from the age group 1 to 2 years old participated in the ramp walk with their parents.

The children were evaluated on the basis on the performances, and were given titles like “Most Active Baby”, “Most Attractive Baby”, “Friendliest Baby”, “Most Sparkling Eyes” and “Sunniest Smile” along with other prizes. Titles and gifts were also given to parents like “Most Aware Parent”,

Smart Parent” and “Best Dressed Family”.

Over 200 babies participated in the show. Dr Rama Sofat, Dr Anurag Jain, Dr Vikas Bansal, Dr Gurpreet Kochar, Dr Sunaina and Dr Shikha Maheshwari were the part of the evaluation team.

Director of the School Shobhan Soi told the parents about the importance of parenting and nurturing children in the right manner.



ludhiana calling
Holding general public to ransom

Hardly any day passes in the city when one or the other group of people does not resort to blockage of a highway, a busy inter-section, movement of buses or even trains in protest against the acts of omission or commission by the government, some private body or even individuals. It is the common man who is made to suffer. He has to go through the ordeal of getting stuck in a traffic jam or stranded mid-way on board a bus or train. Most of the times, the police and the administration choose to look the other way and at times even go down on their knees to plead with law breakers. Blocking a highway or a street is a cognisable offence and those holding the city population or commuters to ransom ought to be dealt with sternly even if their grievances are genuine, which is not the case in most protests being staged on roads or railway tracks.

Visitors to newspaper offices

Newspaper offices receive a plenty of visitors everyday. Some visitors, without wasting the time of reporters say everything in just a few minutes while there are a few who feel that unless they provide the details, the purpose will not be served. A resident recently paid a visit to a newspaper office and started enlisting his achievements. When the reporter asked the visitor to come to the point, the visitor asked him to listen to him first. He told the reporter that he had come to tell his achievements. He thanked the reported for giving him a patient hearing and the reporter had no words to say.

City buses in bad shape

The character of the city and its people rubs onto everything that comes to the city, whether it is technology or something else. Take the city buses for instance. I was bemused when I saw the sign of 'juttis' at the rear of a bus that was already showing the signs of getting battered.The new buses of Ludhiana are already showing signs of ageing. The quickly getting battered buses now seem to be an 'integral' part of the characteristic Ludhiana.

Are the police officers listening?

The police is responsible for maintaining law and order in the city. But what if they themselves break the rules. A few days ago, I saw a police vehicle near the DIG office coming from the wrong side. A policeman was also on duty on that stretch, but he did not stop the vehicle. I approached him and asked why he didn't stop the vehicle to which he replied, "They are my seniors, I cannot stop them. One wonders as to who is responsible to keep a check on the police officers who are violating rules and will somebody, some day have the courage to bring them to book.

The rising price of petrol

The rise in the petrol prices has burnt a hole in the common man's pocket. The other day, I saw a roadside vendor selling 'jamun' for Rs 200 per kg. When someone asked him why he was selling the fruit at an exorbitant price, he answered the petrol prices had increased and therefore the prices of vegetables and fruits had also shot up.

Contributed by Kuldip Bhatia, Shivani Bhakoo, Gurvinder Singh, Manav Mander and Anupam Bhagria.



Salsa, hip hop catch fancy of youngsters
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 7
Cha cha, salsa and hip hop are gaining popularity as a host of youngsters are now taking the path to perfection when it comes to dance.

A number of dance academies have come up in various parts of the city. These are teaching new dance forms and making residents dance to different tunes.

"Belly dancing is really catching on," said Dr Sangita B Khushwaha from a dance academy.

"Salsa has lost its charm. Kathak is gaining popularity," she said.

"A lot of youngsters are learning dance genres, including popping and locking, krumping and dubstep.

These dance forms, which have originated from North America, are quite popular and are very energetic," said Abhinav Sarna from a dance institute in Dugri. These have a lot of steps, have several beats to catch up at one time and require practice.

Apart from these, other dance forms, including contemporary, robotics and freestyle are also popular," he said.

"Age is no bar when it comes to dancing," he said. Although there is no strict preference for a particular dance among any age group as such, boys prefer learning robotics, dubsteps, lyrical hiphop and ubsteps while girls go in for contemporary and ballet.

"Bachata and zook are emerging, but these are very intimate dance forms and more popular in metros," said Dr Khushwaha.

"These have just started in the city," she said.

"Among couple dances, salsa and jive are also quite popular," said Abhinav.

Jive is an Italian dance form.

"Children have started showing interest in dance. As there are a number of reality shows, parents want their wards to learn dance and participate in such shows," he said.



Gaming latest craze among children, grownups
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 7
Gaming is the latest fad among youths. Be it Temple Run, Angry Birds or any other game, the craze is fast catching on.

Not only children but youths are also getting inclined towards gaming.

Video games, games like Call of Duty and Battle Run are pretty popular.

Xbox and PlayStation offer so many interesting games for grownups as well.

"Although I bought a PlayStation for my children, I spend an equivalent amount of time playing on the device," said Ritesh, a resident. "I have been playing Angry Birds online and have been improving my score," said Harsh, another resident. "I think this is a nice way to unwind, rather than sitting in front of the idiot box," said Lovish, a student. Some of the games really test your hand-eye coordination. Some of the PS games keep you moving and active as well.

"As for the PS or Xbox games, about one-fifth of the people coming to purchase games are in the age group of above 30," said a game-store manager from a city mall.

"These are great for whiling away time, particularly when you are waiting, or while travelling," said Harpreet. "Completing challenges in the games and doing better than the previous time always keep you moving," he said.



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Fashion show held

Youths take part in a fashion show at the Guru Nanak Bhawan in Ludhiana Ludhiana: A fashion show was organised at Guru Nanak Bhawan last evening. Organised by the Asterism Pictures, it showcased the latest trends.

Youths take part in a fashion show at the Guru Nanak Bhawan in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Rs 1 lakh donated for flash flood victims

A havan being performed for the Uttarakhand flash flood victims at the Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, in LudhianaA havan and shanti path was organised at Lakshmi Narayan Temple at Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar for the victims of Uttarakhand flash flood. The management of temple announced a donation of Rs 1 lakh for the relief of the victims of tragedy.

A havan being performed for the Uttarakhand flash flood victims at the Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph


Kamaljit Singh Ghariyal was appointed as the president of the youth wing of the Baba Banda Singh Bahadar International Foundation. Amritpal Singh Kalsi was appointed as the president of Ludhiana unit of the foundation. The event was presided over by Jagdev Singh Jassowal from the foundation.

Anti-terrorist front condemns terror act

The All-India Anti-Terrorist Front has condemned the terror act on Bihar's Bodhgaya temple where low intensity serial blasts took place on Sunday. National secretary of the front Yogesh Dewan and State president Anil Sharma has termed the attack as dastardly act aimed at disturbing peace and communal harmony of country. Dewan and Sharma said, "It is the incompetence of the officers who despite intelligence inputs failed to avert the taking place of bomb blasts." They demanded that a method needs to be devised at national level so that there are no claims and counter claims regarding the terror alerts given by the intelligence agencies and precautionary measures taken by the officers of the state police.—TNS



Man held for theft
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 7
The police has arrested a person for committing a theft at a gurdwara in Sahnewal on the intervening night of July 5 and 6.

The accused, identified as Gurbachan Singh, a resident of Jandiali village, was arrested last night.

The investigating officer said the accused was presented in a local court which sent him to police remand.

He said they were on a lookout for Gurbachan's accomplices.

Eyewitness Ajitpal Singh said he saw a person putting some items in a sack. When he alighted from the car to catch hold of the person, the man fled. He said the man was accompanied by two more persons.

When he entered the gurdwara, he found the lock of the Sachkhand broken and an AC missing. The accused had also damaged the CCTV camera.

Ajitpal informed the police and gurdwara authorities about the theft.

Delay in nabbing the accused could have led to a public outrage, the police said.



crime briefs
Army man falls off train, dies

Ludhiana, July 7
An Army man died after falling from a train near Doraha-Sahnewal area today. The deceased has been identified as Karan Singh (35), a resident of Chauta village near Gurdaspur. According to head constable Prem Nath, the deceased was travelling in Pooja Express when he reportedly fell from the train and died. Later, the body was taken to the hospital for the postmortem.

3 vehicle theft cases registered

The police today registered three vehicle lifting cases that took place at Sarabha Nagar market on July 4. According to the police, Sukhjit Singh, a resident of Ferozpur Road, lost his Lancer car. The incident took place on July 4. Sukhjit Singh in his complaint stated that he visited the main market of Sarabha Nagar for dinner. He parked his car and went to a restaurant. But when he came back his car was missing. He said that an ATM and driving license was also kept in the car. On the same night, one Innova and one Indica car were also stolen from the same market.

Man held with stolen scooter

The Focal Point police has nabbed one person with a stolen scooter. The accused has been identified as Ujagar Singh, a resident of Bhagwan Nagar, Dholewal. The accused was nabbed from Sherpur market at a police checkpoint following a tip-off. The police was informed that the accused was heading towards Sherpur market on a scooter bearing a fake number. The police then nabbed the accused and seized one box of liquor. —TNS



Youth held for abducting minor
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 7
The police has arrested a youth for allegedly abducting a minor girl of Ward number 10 by alluring her on pretext of marriage. He has been booked under Sections 363 and 366 A of the IPC.

The victim was handed over to her parents after conducting medical examination.

The accused was identified as Atinder Pal Singh, a resident of Dasmesh Nagar.

According to an FIR registered by victim's father, the accused had abducted his 15-year-old daughter by alluring her on pretext of marriage on Friday.

The duo had left the area on motorcycle and spent two days at some religious place in Himachal Pardesh.

Having received formal complaint, the police registered a case against Atinder Pal Singh and an SIT headed by SHO Mandhir Singh started the hunt for the duo. The police nabbed the accused when he was trying to leave the area along with the girl on his motorcycle.



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