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Contractor still flouting norms
Allows customers of mall to park vehicles alongside Ferozepur Road on Sunday
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
Even as the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed that the parking spaces alongside the Ferozepur Road cannot be used by big commercial complexes, shopping malls, hotels, big restaurants and marriage palaces, but the parking contractor is openly violating the court orders.

The contractor is allowing the parking of vehicles of the customers who are visiting a shopping mall near Bhai Bala Chowk and that too right under the nose of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation as well as the traffic police.

On the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, paid parking alongside the Ferozepur Road had started from July 13 onwards. Residents pay Rs 5 for parking a bicycle, Rs 10 for a two-wheeler and Rs 10 for a car or a four-wheeler for the first hour and Rs 20 for two-wheelers if parked for one to two hours and Rs 30 for four-wheelers or cars for the same period. If the vehicle remains parked for more than two hours, then, it would be towed away by the traffic police and fined Rs 1,000 as per the court orders.

But ever since the parking lot alongside the Ferozepur Road became a paid one, not even a single vehicle has been towed away for the reasons best known to the contractor, the Ludhiana MC and the traffic police.

Area shopkeepers rue that the contractor is allowing parking of vehicles of people visiting the shopping mall and a five-star hotel, whereas, residents visiting their shops don’t get space. “Today being Sunday, the shops were closed but the parking was still full, which means vehicles of the residents visiting the shopping mall were allowed to park their vehicles,” alleged an area shopkeeper.

No vehicle parked in that space: MC official

Naveen Malhotra, Superintendent of the MC Tehbazaari (Zone D) said that no person visiting the shopping mall was allowed to park vehicle in the parking space. The shopping mall already had adequate parking space inside its premises. MC officials along with the traffic police were stationed there throughout the day. But when told that The Tribune had pictures contradicting his claims, Malhotra said that if that was so, then he would personally visit the place on Monday and see to it that no such vehicles were parked in these parking lots. Moreover, the contractor would be installing an e-ticketing machine from Monday onwards, claimed Malhotra.


Allotment of land for Community Centre cancelled at BRS Nagar
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, July 28
The Department of Local Government, Punjab, has cancelled the allotment of 3,556 square yards land for Community Centre in J Block of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar for persistent failure of the residents society to make initial deposit of 25 per cent of the cost of land, and thereafter making payment in installments as per the schedule.

Further, taking note of the unlawful construction raised long ago in some part of the said land, the government has asked the officials of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust to take action as per rules and also fix responsibility of the officials and field staff for this grave lapse under intimation to the Local Government Department.

According to the report of an inquiry conducted by the Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) of the Local Government, Punjab, on the complaint of a city-based RTI activist, Arvind Sharma, the said land was allotted by LIT to the Welfare Council in September 1985 at the reserve price of Rs 51 per square yard. The allottee society failed to deposit 25 per cent of the initial amount payable on allotment and balance payment in installments as per the schedule despite repeated notices served by the LIT.

Surprisingly, the possession of the land was handed over to the allottee body of the residents and a structure was also raised in part of the land more than 15 years ago without approval of a building plan or obtaining any permission from the LIT authorities.

After going through the relevant record of the allotment of land and making a spot visit to the location of the Community Centre, the CVO in his report, submitted to the Local Government Department, recommended that the allotment of land be cancelled in accordance with the provisions of the Punjab Improvement Trust (Utilisation of Land and Allotment of Plots) Rules 1983. On the unlawful building constructed in the piece of land, the CVO had recommended that action be taken as per rules to demolish the structure and responsibility of the officials and field staff be fixed for this irregularity. 



MC to carry out auction again today
So far, civic body has just been able to sell four parking lots
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
For the third time in a row, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC) will be carrying out an auction of the Ferozepur Road parking lots tomorrow. Out of the total 13 parking lots, the MC has been able to auction only four, while the civic body has failed to auction the remaining nine as no person showed interest in the two consecutive auctions.

Even the four parking lots were auctioned during the first auction, which took place on June 26 and during the second auction on July 18, it again failed to auction the parking lots, despite the fact that their reserve price was reduced by almost half.

During the first auction of the parking sites alongside the Ferozepur Road on June 26, the MC had managed to auction only four out of the total 13 sites as in the remaining nine sites, no bidder had showed interest owing to the ‘high’ reserve price.

Interestingly, on June 26, no bidder took part in the auction of the nine parking lots, whereas on July 18, seven persons reached the MC Zone D office in Sarabha Nagar, which was the auction venue, out of which only two deposited the earnest money.

The auction of parking sites alongside the Ferozepur Road will be conducted on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The court had directed the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation to auction these parking zones so that the Ferozepur Road was not encroached upon again.

MC Additional Commissioner Isha Kalia said that the reserve price had been slashed and this time they expected to auction the remaining nine parking lots. Tomorrow’s auction would also be held at the MC’s Zone D office in Sarabha Nagar.

Reserve price of nine parking space

Shiraz Hotel to Bharat Nagar Chowk: Rs 14.40 lakh

Bharat Nagar Chowk to New Courts Gate: Rs 14 lakh

Gurdev Nagar to Sandhu Tower: Rs 14 lakh

Sandhu Tower to Malhar Road: Rs 17.56 lakh

Malhar Road to Mandir Street Sarabha Nagar: Rs 12 lakh

PAU Gate Number 1 to Circuit House: Rs 11.52 lakh

Circuit House to Aarti Chowk: Rs 20 lakh

Aarti Chowk to Bhai Bala Chowk: Rs 28 lakh

Bhai Bala Chowk to Irrigation Department Office: Rs 21.60 lakh



MC fails to rid city of stray cattle
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
The city administration is turning a blind eye to the increasing menace of stray cattle on city roads and streets.

They are seen loitering freely and their presence on the middle of the roads and the outskirts is jeopardising lives of residents as well as the cattle itself.

“Cows have increased in the city and their presence on the roads is a threat to the lives of the residents," says Alpana Parmar, a resident. “I am an animal lover myself, but the cattle need to be taken care of in some way so that these do not come on the roads, and do not roam freely like this,” she says.

Some residents feel that gaushalas should play a better role in managing the stray cattle. “Although it is written outside all gaushalas that they give shelter to all stray cows, but they accept only those that give milk while others are abandoned on the streets,” she says.

City-based veterinarian Dr Jaspreet Singh said, “The problem arises due to littering on the roads. Care should be taken of the animals and a proper system should be in place so that both the animals and the residents are not harmed.

Those running the gaushalas, however, say that all cows are given shelter there. “Anybody who has any doubt can come and check our gaushala and see for themselves that there are 400 old and ageing cows, but only about 20 milk-giving cows,” says Dinesh Singhal from Krishn Balram Gaushala.

Stray cattle can be seen sitting on the middle of the roads, particularly on the Ferozepur Road, posing risk to commuters, said another resident.

MC Commissioner RK Verma said that there weren’t many stray cattle in the city.

He said they are removed from the roads if any complaints are received, but he has not come across any such complaints. Problem might be occurring in the peripheral areas, but the stray cattle are not an issue as such within the city limits, said the MC Commissioner.



Controversial scribe shifted to Pathankot jail
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
The editor of a vernacular daily, who was arrested and further sent to judicial custody for publishing objectionable pictures of the first Sikh Guru, was shifted to Pathankot jail following threat to his life.

The move was discreetly taken on July 25. While confirming the shifting of the undertrial editor of a vernacular daily, Superintendent of Central Jail, SP Khanna, said, "Yes we have shifted Rajesh Sharma, the controversial editor of a vernacular newspaper, primarily for two reasons. Firstly, we already have 3,000 inmates and there is no provision to house a new inmate. Secondly, the editor was shifted due to security reasons. There were intelligence inputs that the Sikh radicals sitting inside the jail would attack Sharma once he was lodged in jail.Sources said that as suspected the group of men had manhandled Sharma in jail, which prompted the jail authorities to shift him to some other jail. Rajesh was arrested following a protest by the supporters of various Sikh organisations who vandalised the office of a vernacular daily on Gill Road today. An article and objectionable pictures of the first Sikh Guru published in Rajesh's vernacular daily sparked protest. Sharma had published a controversial picture of first Sikh Guru which is currently being circulated on Facebook and Twitter.



2 groups clash, fire gunshots
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
Spat over langar (free meal) took an ugly turn and led to a clash between two groups at Abdullapur Basti near the bus stand area today.

The groups opened firing. The youths threw soft drink bottles at each other and fired three shots, said the police.

It said the groups belonged to Pardeep Verma and Surinder Vij. Pardeep Verma, organiser of the langar, alleged that Surinder's son Neeraj entered into heated arguments with him and manhandled his father.

On seeing Surinder's men gathering at the spot, Neeraj fled the scene and later came with his accomplices. One of them fired gunshots, claimed Pardeep.

Surinder, whose house is under construction, said the workers had gone to partake of the langar when Pardeep and his men started thrashing them. "When Neeraj tried to intervene, Pardeep's accomplices opened fire on them," he said.



1 more tests positive for dengue
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
One male patient belonging to Dhandari Khurd tested positive for Dengue. He took treatment from Civil Hospital, Ludhiana. Disrict epdemiologist Dr Anil Verma said, "Pyrethrum spray in and around the house of the patient has been done.”

This is the second patient from Ludhiana district who has tested positive for dengue this season. Earlier, a patient from Koomkalan had tested positive for dengue. 

Take care

  • Spreads through mosquito bites during day time
  • Mosquitoes breed in flower pots, water coolers, water tanks etc.
  • Clean and dry scrub coolers once a week
  • Keep rooftops clear of containers and tyres
  • Spray insecticides under tables and behind curtains
  • Use mosquito nets and anti- mosquito repellents 



reporters’ diary
No end to parking woes in city

There seems to be no end to the misery of city residents who have to face woefully inadequate parking spaces in the busy commercial hubs every day. That the problem has assumed gigantic proportions is amply proved by the view of haphazardly parked vehicles all along the busy roads in the city. As if to add insult to injury, the district administration, railway authorities, civic body, or for that matter any agency which allocates the parking space to contractors fail to enforce the stipulated parking fee. While, the parking space in the city is grossly disproportionate to the ever increasing number of vehicles, the rude behaviour of the contractors and their tendency to overcharge discourage motorists who wish to park their vehicles in the paid parking facilities. The authorities should not only make provisions for adequate parking space, but the defaulting parking contractors too need to be reined in to effectively address this problem.

Take pride in mother tongue

International leaders from countries such as China, Japan, Russia, Germany and France are often seen addressing international conferences in their mother tongues. We all should be proud of our mother tongue, but it seems that some 'leading' city schools think the other way. A few days back, one of my friends got a call from a school, located near South City, where her son studies. The class teacher told her that she needs to discuss something 'important' about her son. Next morning, when my friend visited the school, the teacher told her that the child interacts with his classmates in Punjabi. "So what? It’s his mother tongue," said my friend, which made her furious. "No we cannot allow your son to speak in Punjabi, and we would 'suggest' that even you stop interacting with him in Punjabi at home," was what the teacher told my friend. A child should never be stopped from interacting in the mother tongue. Even if schools want to lay emphasis on English, Punjabi cannot be banned. Such schools should know that if any formal complaint is filed against them, strict action would be taken against them.

Beating the competition

In this commercialised world, no one wants to lag behind. A few days ago, I came across a washerman’s visiting card, which had all the information about ironing of different types of clothes. For steam press, it was written Rs 10 and for normal iron Rs 2.50 per garment. There was also a mobile phone number mentioned to contact the person. After reading this, I really appreciated the enterprising nature of the person who distributed his visiting cards to the residents.

No votes for “late risers”

It is worth noting that how ministers tend to complete important projects, such as construction of flyovers and bridges, just a few months before the elections. "It is strange that the politicians feel that people have a short-term memory and would not remember the work done by the government or the people if these are completed at the beginning or in the middle of the term. Most of the projects hang fire for long and are completed just before the elections," he said. "The befooling of people by the government should be stopped, as only those who honestly work throughout their tenure would be brought to power," said another resident. Most of the important projects are completed or started just before the elections. "Politicians and governments that wake up at the end of the term should not be voted back in power,” said the resident.

Speech reveals a lot

Politicians’ speeches reveal a lot about them. Some speak in measured tones, others are shrill and strident. And there are some who believe in having a friendly style that’s cultivated to give a sense of ease to the gathering. Some politicians tailor their speeches to the nature of the audience. Suddenly, you get to see the transformation of a suave, sophisticated politician into an orator with a rustic touch. There is yet another class of politicians that gets (or pretends to get) so charged up while addressing a gathering that words shoot straight from the lips, without bothering about the repercussions of the fact-challenged speech.

Contributed by Kuldip Bhatia, Anupam Bhagria, Puneet Pal Singh Gill, Gurvinder Singh and Minna Zutshi



Helpline staff helpless in the face of irrelevant calls
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
The helpline number set up to facilitate residents suffering from water-borne and vector-borne diseases keeps receiving complaints on matters unrelated to the diseases.

Many residents end up calling the number (0161-2444193) for complaining about issues that come under the jurisdiction of the Municipal Corporation, and not the Health Department.

A Class IV employee, Amrik Singh, who is on duty at the control room said, "We receive many calls related to drainage and sanitation problems. We try to convince the residents that they should inform the MC about the problem, but they hardly listen to us. Seeing no way out, we simply inform the officers concerned."

Another employee, also deputed at the control room, said: "Sometimes we have also received calls from persons reporting about scuffles between two groups."

These callers do not spare senior health officials as well. Chief Medical Officer, Ludhiana, Dr Subhash Batta said: "Such callers keep bothering me time and again. A few days ago I got a call that a hospital running in a locality did not open its main gate in the morning. I can hardly sleep due to such calls.”

The CMO said nearly half of the calls received by him were mischievous or had no basis at all. People also call me to complain about people smoking in public places, asking me to challan them. Sometimes the health department officials rush to the spot to do the reality check, but find nothing out of place, said Dr Batta.

The CMO appealed to the public to use the number for the right purpose only.

Senior health officials not spared too

Many residents call the helpline number of the Health Department, meant for complaining about cases of water-borne and vector-borne diseases, for reporting irrelevant issues. The callers do not spare senior health officials as well. Chief Medical Officer, Ludhiana, Dr Subhash Batta said: "Such callers keep bothering me time and again. A few days ago, I got a call that a hospital running in a locality did not open its main gate in the morning. I can hardly sleep due to such calls.”



Teachers unwilling to take charge 
Cite fund crunch, non-payment of bills and busy schedule as reasons
Mahesh Sharma

Dehlon, July 28
The Bihar mid-day meal tragedy seems to have brought the scheme in virtual doldrums in this region of the state .

While the higher authorities in the Education Department has started tightening a noose around school heads and those responsible for preparing and serving meal to students, the in charges of the scheme teams have started showing inability to continue working as in charges under present circumstances. Insufficient funds, delay in payment of bills and busy schedule were cited as major factors behind the trend.

Many observations show that teachers of government-aided and private schools, who earlier used to take pride in undertaking preparation and supply of the mid-day meal among their students are a disappointed lot after the tragedy.

Having been grilled by their seniors for lapses during the procurement of ration and cooking of meal, a majority of the teachers has shown inability to continue working as in charges of the scheme.

Sharad Pal Kaur, head of Government Primary School, Shankar, had to face an awkward situation when district education officer Paramjit Kaur labelled the meal prepared at the school as substandard and unfit for consumption of students. Admitting that the quality of food could not be further improved with available resources, Sharad Pal Kaur regretted that the higher authorities, instead of supporting the teachers, were forcing them to spend thousands from their own pocket to keep the kitchen running.

"I have already spent over Rs 21,012 from my own pocket and I have not got salary since May," reads explanation given by Sharad Pal Kaur to the district education officer, Ludhiana, and other authorities. Kaur urged the authorities to free her of the responsibility and depute some other senior teachers as in charge of the scheme at her school.

A teacher from another government high school of the block said he had conveyed his inability to continue as the in charge of the scheme as the grocer had stopped supplying ration due to delayed payment of the bills during the past months. Maintaining that a lot of energy and time got wasted in bargaining during the procurement of ration, he regretted that office-bearers of social and constitutional organisations had also started harassing the teachers after the recent Bihar tragedy.

Meanwhile, Block Primary Education Officer Rajinder Kaur claimed that the scheme was running fairly well in 44 schools of the block. Prompt and appropriate action was taken immediately after receiving any formal or informal complaint, said Kaur.

Director General Secondary Education (DGSE) Anjali Bhawra had also directed rank and file to use extra care whilereceiving foodgrains from officials or contractors. "The foodgrains at the godown of the Food Corporation of India should be inspected by committees constituted by the Deputy Commissioner of respective districts," reads the communication sent to all DEOs from the DGSE. The DGSE directed the in charges to ensure that foodgrains were free of pests, fungus and mould. 



Teachers to focus on students’ personality
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 28
Over 50 teachers from various government-aided and private schools vowed to work for developing the personality of the students by taking care of their normal health, including vision.

The oath was administered during a seminar on techniques and methods of eye-testing and normal vision, which was organised jointly by the district education and health departments at MGMN Senior Secondary School here today.

Principal Pardeep Sharda presided over the seminar and Pardeep Bharti, ophthalmic officer, and Pardeep Chawla, district programme officer, National Program for Control of Blindness, were keynote speakers.

The speakers claimed that no programme for the control of blindness among children and youth could yield desired results unless teachers took special care during classroom teaching.

Maintaining that teachers were in a better position in detecting earlier stages of ailments regarding vision, the speakers suggested that students should be allotted seats in the class in rotation. As students sitting near blackboard were in a better position to read even small letters, eye defects were detected at very late stage in these students. 



205 units of blood collected 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
To mark World Hepatitis Day, Zindagi Live Foundation organised its 22nd voluntary blood donation camp at Pindi Dyal Dharmshala. As many as 205 units of blood were collected by a team of doctors from Christian Medical College and Hospital and Dayanand Medical College and Hospital.

The NGO supports 58 children suffering from thalassaemia by bearing the cost of transfusion, filter and medicines. Manager of the foundation Rajesh Kapoor requested the state government and private blood banks to carry out necessary tests, so that clean blood could be provided to the children and other patients.

Vice-chairman of the foundation Balram Mehta said the NGO would keep organising such camps. The foundation is planning to adopt another 15 children soon.

Yesterday, Rotary Club, Ludhiana Midtown, organised a blood donation camp at Shri Krishna Charitable Hospital, Model Town. Around 20 club members donated blood.



Ex-servicemen flay govt
Our Correspondent

Khamano, July 28
A meeting of the Punjab State Ex Servicemen Welfare Association Block, Khamano, was held at Gurdwara Sahib Ranwan.

The meeting was held under the leadership of Colonel (retd) Gurdeep Singh Grewal, president of the Punjab wing.

Speakers flayed the Central Government for not introducing ‘one rank one pension’ scheme and demanded immediate approval of the scheme by the government.

They also demanded some other facilities, including free travel in trains, health services in the neighboring health centres, provision of material from nearby canteens, and other similar perks for the ex-servicemen.

The speakers criticised the state government for the taxes imposed on the facilities provided to ex-servicemen.

A proposal to honour the ex-servicemen who recently participated in the panchayat elections was also kept during the meeting.



Seven in police net for thrashing man in Jagraon
Our Correpsondent

Jagraon, July 28
Four days after a resident of Birmi village near Mullanpur Dakha was allegedly beaten by some other residents of the same village due to an old rivalry, the police has registered a case against seven persons. The victim identified as Sukhwinder Singh, a government employee with the Revenue Department at Ludhiana, received serious injuries on his head and other parts of the body during the attack.

Presently, the victim is undergoing treatment at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, where he was admitted following the attack. His condition is stated to be stable. The police has registered a case against the accused under various sections of the IPC after recording the victim’s statement.

Investigating officer ASI Malkiat Singh said the police had booked seven persons including Jassi, Lucky, Money, Kala, Sonu, Bunty and one unidentified youth on the charges of attacking Sukhwinder Singh. None of the accused has been arrested so far.

In his complaint to the police, Sukhwinder Singh alleged that he was attacked near the village bus stand after he returned from his office on Tuesday evening. Singh alleged he was attacked due to an old rivalry with the family of a youth involved in the attack.

"I had just reached the bus stand in my car, when I received a phone call from a friend. As I stopped my car to receive the call, some youths arrived there in a car and started beating me with bats and sticks. When some of the villagers rushed to rescue me, the attackers fled in the car,” said Sukhwinder Singh.

"All the accused youths are absconding since the incident. The police has been searching for them, and they would be arrested soon,” said the ASI.



Need to revive values in society, says filmmaker
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
A programme in the memory of literary personality Surinder Hemjoyti and leader of student movement Prithipal Singh Randhawa was organised by Punjab Lok Sabhiachark Manch at Punjabi Bhawan today.

A discussion on the social and political contradictions in the Punjabi society was conducted during the event.

Speaking on the topic ‘young generation and cultural pollution’, keynote speaker Daljit Ami called for the revival of values in the society for making better human beings. He said the young generation got influenced by the cultural and social activities in the society. The culture was today being defined by lewd songs, drug addiction, defamation of women and promotion of weapons, he said. There was a need to work on alternative social and cultural fronts to counter the mainstream media, said Daljit Ami.

He said the music composers who were churning out lewd songs and the corporate sector that marketed these songs were working hand-in-hand to pollute the Punjabi culture.

Showing concern towards the violence and unethical acts abound in the soceity, Daljit Ami flayed the government for repressing any kind of anti-established movement.

Tributes were paid to Surinder Hemjyoti and Prithipal Singh Randhawa on the occasion. A number of personalities from film and literary fields attended the function. 



from colleges
New session begins

Ludhiana: The Gujarkhan Campus of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Model Town, inaugurated the new academic session with shabad kirtan on the college premises. Principal Manjit Kaur Ghuman congratulated all merit holders of the previous session and encouraged students to perform well.

Student council elected

Principal Gurminder Kaur presided over the assembly on the first day of the college. The principal said the student council should put in the best efforts for the growth and development of the college. Garima Syal was elected as the head girl, while Riya Bansal and Arpit became the deputy head girls. Pankhuri, Jimmy, Sakshi Mahajan and Megha Dhir were named as other office-bearers of the council. Ramandeep Kaur, Parampreet Kaur and Insiya were elected class representatives. — TNS



Tending to psychiatric patient takes a toll on spouse’s health: Experts
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

A seminar on problems faced by caregivers in progress in Ludhiana.
A seminar on problems faced by caregivers in progress in Ludhiana. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, July 28
Spouses of patients suffering from psychiatric problems lead a stressful life. This was revealed by the caretakers themselves during a seminar organised to discuss their problems by Manas Foundation, a non-governmental organisation.

These caretakers not only have to take care of the patient, but also become victim to the blame game by the patient’s relatives. They feel mentally and physically exhausted, and thus need to take a good care of their own health.

Dr Rajiv Gupta, president of the foundation and a consultant psychiatrist, said: "If a person suffers from any psychiatric problem after marriage, the caregiver, i.e. the partner of that patient, is blamed for the patient’s condition by the relatives. Some accuse the caregiver of not taking proper care of the patient, while others say the spouse forgot to give medicines on time. All this can be take a toll on the caregivers’ health.”

The experts, including Dr Ajit Awasthi and Dr Sandeep Grover from the PGI, Chandigarh, and Dr Sandeep Chaudhary from Subharti University, Meerut, discussed many misconceptions regarding the treatment of patients suffering from psychiatric problems.

The experts said due to regular stress, the caregivers of chronic patients suffer from the burnt out syndrome, i.e. they feel totally exhausted.

Keeping in view the problems faced by caregivers of psychiatric patients, Manas Foundation will start a group activity for them.

Dr Rajiv Gupta said the foundation would prepare a list of caregivers and distribute their phone numbers among each other, so that they could meet each other and share their problems without any hesitation.



Beat the heat with draught beer
Tribune News Service

Freshly brewed beer is available in different fruity flavours at microbreweries in Ludhiana.
Freshly brewed beer is available in different fruity flavours at microbreweries in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, July 28
Microbreweries and pubs are offering draught and freshly brewed beer and these are being liked by residents.

"The beer comes in many fruity flavours and has a different taste," said Ravi, a businessman. "

"It offers a lot more variety," said city-based chef Vishvesh Khanna.

Fruit flavours can be added to the beer.

"Draught beer is less expensive and tastes great," said Rohit, a resident. "Nothing beats the foam and colour of the beer," he said. "Less sugar alternatives are also available for youngsters," said another resident.

"I love the set-up and the idea of the beer being brewed there and then," said another resident.

"Beer is generally taken by people of different age groups, but it is more popular among youths," said Khanna.

Youngsters visit pubs in groups and take beer. "Beer is the drink to beat the heat. We keep savouring different flavours of the beer. Apple flavour is my favourite," said a 20-year-old. 



Fauja has the world at his feet
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
Even at the age of 102, Fauja Singh exemplifies enthusiasm and buoyant attitude towards life.

He was in the city to attend a programme organised by Pingalwara Charitable Organisation and visited a couple of media houses, including The Tribune.

The enthusiastic demeanour and sense of humour have not faded beneath those wrinkles as he shares anecdotes and often breaks into laughter while making a jest, even now.

When asked if he would like to get a biopic made on his life like that of Milkha Singh, he laughed saying at this age, he would not suggest to anyone to make a movie on him, but if someone would want to make a film on his life, he wouldn't say no, he grinned.

Talking about drug addiction among the youth, he said it was the biggest tragedy of Punjab. Youngsters are an asset and they should take care of their health.

His running and walking even at this age is perhaps God's way of compensation, as he had barely started walking at the age of five due to some ailment, he said. But he started farming early and used to irrigate the land manually and never used tractor in his entire life.

He regrets not having been able to attain any formal education.

He said, "Education is invaluable. But education and wisdom are two different things and formal education doesn't ensure practical wisdom. These are two different paths. So many well-educated people remain stuck in the rut of life while there are some uneducated people who enjoy life through their wisdom," he said. Talking about his daily schedule, he said he walked four hours a day, which acted as a medicine for him. "Although he has been advised not to walk long distances in India as he can be kidnapped for ransom," he joked. 



ASHA workers meet Tewari
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
Members of the ASHA Workers' Union, Punjab, met Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari at his residence last evening.

The members told Tewari that despite the Punjab Chief Minister and State Health Minister accepting their demands, the government was not revising their service conditions.

Tewari assured the members of taking up their demands with Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad. The demands of ASHA workers include a fixed monthly honorarium of Rs 2,500, a hike in TA and DA.

They demanded that they should be given mobile phones.

Tewari disbursed funds worth Rs 1.24 crore yesterday. Tewari said the Ludhiana South constituency lacked civic amenities. He laid the foundation stone of a tubewell to be built at a cost of Rs 15.50 lakh.



BJYM activists accused of vandalising Tewari’s house
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Activists of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha stage a protest outside the residence of Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari in Ludhiana.
Activists of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha stage a protest outside the residence of Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: HImanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, July 28
A protest by the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha snowballed into a controversy after the Congress leaders claimed that the Yuva Morcha activists allegedly vandalised the house of Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari.

A CISF sub-inspector suffered an injury in hand as some activists attacked him with the serving spoons they were carrying.

Taking a potshot at the police, District Congress Committee (Urban) president Pawan Dewan said while the house of the minister was being vandalised by a bunch of goons operating in the garb of Yuva Morcha activists, none of the Punjab Police personnel reached the spot on time despite having been called repeatedly.

He said the incident had taken place only a day after acid containers were found from outside Tewari's house in Chandigarh. He said the BJYM activists were stopped by the CISF guards and the Congress workers present there while Tewari was touring the constituency at the time of the attack.

Dewan said the Yuva Morcha had no reason to protest outside Tewari's residence and that they had no reason to pelt stones and throw bottles and party flags at the minister's house.

Dewan was highly critical of the local police which, he alleged, seemed to be in league with the Yuva Morcha activists. He said despite repeated calls to the police, no police personnel turned up for about an hour. He disclosed that Tewari had himself called up the Ludhiana Police Commissioner and despite that the police did not turn up on time.The BJYM activists, including Pushpinder Singhal, Amit Gosain, Kamaljit Singh, Deepak Goya and Jatinderpal Singh, alias Sunny, were leading the protesters. Amit Gosain lambasted Dewan's allegation and claimed that it was a peaceful protest and no one had taken the law in their hand.

The Congressmen were levelling false allegations, said Amit.



Students take out peace march
Tribune News Service

Students take out a rally to pay tributes to Mansimran Kaur, a Class XI student, who died on July 10 in Ludhiana.
Students take out a rally to pay tributes to Mansimran Kaur, a Class XI student, who died on July 10 in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, July 28
Over 100 students from across the city converged on the Sarabha Nagar market to pay tributes to Mansimran Kaur, a Class XI student, who passed away on July 10.

Mansimran Kaur, a resident of Model Town, was electrocuted after she fell off her scooter and came in contact with loose electricity wires laid outside a house in BRS Nagar. The students took out a peace march holding placards in an attempt to sensitise city residents in particular and society in general to be more responsible towards their duties as citizens.

Only an awakened citizenry could ensure safer society and longevity of lives. Through placards, they highlighted the state of affairs.

"Stringent laws should be implemented to bring the defaulters to book. It's sad that the owner of the house whose did not even express a word of regret, "said a friend of the deceased.

Starting from the Sarabha Nagar market, students walked past a church and a gurdwara. They passed through DAV Public School, BRS Nagar.

En route the rally halted outside the house at BRS Nagar to express their anguish before the owners who had remained callously indifferent by neither expressing sorrow nor condolences to the bereaved family.

Mansimran's father Sukhminder Singh Bhangu was touched by the solidarity expressed by the students for the family in their hour of grief. He said, "We should realise our duties and responsibilities. The rally culminated at Gurdwara Sarabha Nagar where students lit candles to pay homage to their departed friend and as a symbol to dispel darkness that engulfed insensitive society." 



Ludhiana Scan

Inauguration ceremony of a physiotherapy centre at Lord Mahavir Hospital in Ludhiana on Sunday.
Inauguration ceremony of a physiotherapy centre at Lord Mahavir Hospital in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Physiotherapy wing was inaugurated at Lord Mahavir Hospital, Haibowal here on Sunday. The wing was inagurated by Vishwa Jain and Shanti Lal Kawar, international president of Mahavir International. The wing has all latest equipment required for physiotherapy. With this patients of the surrounding areas will also be benifitted.


The district president of Bharatiya Kisan Union Ekta Ugrahan informed that the district committees of Bharti Kisan Union will meet the District Commissioners of all districts of Punjab on August 8. Darshan Singh, district president said the Kisan Union would submit the memorandum to DCs regarding the compensation to the farmers.

Central eligibility test conducted

The Central Board of Secondary Education conducted a Central Eligibility Test (CET) at 16 centres in the city. According to CBSE officials, around 10,000 aspirants got themselves registered for the test. The examination was conducted in two shifts i.e. morning and evening. The aspirants said the paper was quite easy.

Seminar held

Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology organised a seminar on 'Challenges in Obstetrics & Gynaecology Practice' during the quarterly meeting of Northern Chapter of Obstetrics & Gynaecological Society of Northern India held in Dumra Auditorium on Sunday. During the seminar, a wide array of debatable issues in Obstetrics and Gynaecology were discussed and nearly 200 local practitioners as well as medical fraternity from nearby medical colleges were present. Organising secretaries Dr Sunil K Juneja and Dr Shweta Gupta informed that the seminar began with a lecture on 'Endometeriosis in the young-An Upcoming Challenge' by Dr Lakhbir Dhaliwal from PGIMER, Chandigarh. Dr Madhu Nagpal from SGRD, Amritsar elaborated on 'Re-appraisal of Prolapse Surgery'. Dr Manjit Mohi from Patiala spoke on 'Catch it Early-Placenta Accreta.' In her lecture, she informed that Placenta accreta occurs in approximately 1 of 500 deliveries and is associated with considerable maternal morbidity, including large volume of blood transfusion, peripartum hysterectomy, cystotomy, intensive care unit (ICU) admission, infection and prolonged hospitalisation.


Gau Bhagat Sammelan will be organized by the Hindu Utthan Parishad in August. Vinod Jain and Secretary General Kunwar Ranjan Singh, during an official meeting of the organisation at Talab Mandir, said, " Representatives of Hindu organizations and mandir committees would take part in the event.

State-level meeting

A state-level meeting of Democratic Employees Front Punjab was organised on Sunday. It was presided by Bhupinder Singh Waraich. Members of the organisation would meet the Deputy Commissioners of all districts of the state on August 5 and would submit a memorandum to them, the members said.

Awareness camp

Medical cell of the BJP organised an awareness camp on the occasion of World Hepatitis Day at Raman Hospital in the city. Information regarding the disease was given during the camp. Dr Satish Kumar, Dr Raman Mittal and Dr Paramjit Singh participated in the camp.

World Hepatitis Day

To mark the World Hepatitis Day, a programme was held at Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana on the instructions of Dr Subhash Batta, Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana. Senior Medical Officer Dr R K Karkra presided over the function. District Health Officer Dr Avinash Kumar spoke about Hepatitis as how it spreads and what are the preventive measures. Dr Karkra said Hepatitis A and E are water-borne diseases while Hepatitis B and C are blood-borne diseases. The programme was also attended by trainees of the Health Department. It was announced that the State Health Department has a project under which free vaccines and medicines of Hepatitis-B and Hepatitis-C will be provided.

Biography released

A book on the life of late Sohan Lal Pahwa, founder of Avon cycles, was released here on Sunday. "The Balance of Two Wheels" is the title of the book released by Manish Tiwari, Cabinet Minister of Information and Broadcast. The function started with a holy bhajan recited by Suresh Mehndiratta. Onkar Singh Pahwa, Rishi Pahwa and Mandeep Pahwa paid tributes to Sohan Lal Pahwa. Manish Tiwari said, "Babu Sohan Lal was a man of spiritualism and fully involved in society and always eager to help the needy. He established a charitable hospital in Hambhran village near Ludhiana in the memory of his wife, named, Mata Kaushalya Devi Pahwa Charitable Hospital. Harcharn Singh Gholwaria, Mayor of Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, also paid tributes and remembered him as a Pillar of cycle industry. Dr Surjeet Pather, a famous Punjabi poet, was also present. — TNS



Five persons arrested with 10 stolen motorcycles, car
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
With the arrest of five persons, the police has claimed to have busted a gang of thieves and recovered 10 motorcycles and a car from their possession.

A cooking gas cylinder and an LCD were also recovered from them.

The accused have been identified as Gurwinder Singh, alias Bunty of Khanna, Jagjit Singh Jagga, Gzurpreet Singh, alias Goppi, Harpreet Singh alias Billa, and Jaswinder Singh, alias Babblu, a resident of Sahnewal.

Sub-inspector (CIA) Sarabjit Singh said the accused were nabbed from Sahnewal Chowk last evening following a tip-off.

He said the accused had stolen the motorcycles and the car from different places.

The police said the gang was also striking at houses and decamping with household items and other valuables. 



Man arrested in cheating case
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
The police has arrested a person for posing as OSD to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and duping a city resident of Rs 50,000 on the pretext of providing him a job.

The accused has been identified as Paramjit, a resident of Ambala. The complainant, Dalip Kumar, a bank employee and a resident of Basant Nagar, said Parmajit Singh told him that he was appointed OSD to Parkash Singh Badal. He said the accused promised him a job and duped him of Rs 50,000. Dalip said the accused had asked for Rs 15 lakh but the deal was struck at Rs 50,000. A case under Section 420 IPC has been registered against the accused.

Bus driver booked

The police has booked a bus driver for crushing man to death. The accused has been identified as Balwinder Singh, a resident of Fatehgarh Sahib. The incident took place on July 26. The victim, Rajinder Singh, was on his motorcycle. His father Jagroop Singh, a resident of Jamalpur, said he was heading home after paying obeisance at a gurdwara when the bus hit his son's motorcycle. He suffered serious injuries and died on the spot. A case under Sections 279, 304A, 427 IPC has been registered in this connection.

Car thieves held

The police arrested three car thieves last evening. The accused have been identified as Anish Ahmed, Mohammad Ajab Khan and Asaan Ulla Tatir, all residents of Jammu and Kashmir. The police said the accused were nabbed following a tip-off. The accused were in a stolen Santro car.A case under Sections 379, 411 IPC has been registered against the accused. 



8 karate players selected
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
Eight karate players from the city have been selected for an international karate event. The players were a part of the North India karate team and attended a camp in Thailand from July 12 to 16.

The selected players are Shivem Sharam, Rishi Bandari, Jaskirat Singh, Sukhvir Singh Dhillon, Kulwinder Singh, Jaspret Singh, Jagdep Singgh and Pritpal Singh.

The players are being trained by Rahul Singh.

Three players will participate in the black belt championship. "The players are in form. The competition will provide the players a platform," stated Rahul.

Medical camp

Around 400 patients were examined and prescribed suitable treatment during a free medical check-up camp organised by Senior Citizens' Welfare Association (SCWAL) at the government dispensary in Sunet village today.

The camp was organised in collaboration with Sahara Hospital, Ludhiana, and Mahal Hospital, Goraya.

SCWAL president SP Karkara said a team of specialists prescribed appropriate treatment to patients on the basis of various diagnostic tests, conducted free-of-cost. 



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