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Medical camp scourged by pickpockets
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
Pickpockets know how to make most of an occasion. Not sparing even poor patients, they did not let their inborn trait go a waste at a free check-up camp.

Residents visiting Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, where a mega cancer detection camp is under way, were in for a shock when they found their wallets missing.

The camp is being organised by the state government in collaboration with Max Health Care.

Standing in a queue with polybags containing medical reports, patients and their attendants lost whatever they had.

An ASHA worker, Amarjeet Kaur from Haidobet village near Machhiwara, said, "We are a group of 40 women and hired a cab to come here. When I was waiting for my turn, someone stole my purse containing Rs 400. I don't even have a penny. How will I pay the cab driver?"

An attendant, Paramjeet Kaur, said, "My mother is a cancer patient. We have come form Lakhewal village. I had Rs 2,500. How will I get home now?"

Another ASHA worker, Meena Kumari, who was accompanied by patient, said,"I was standing in a queue when someone asked him if I had lost my purse. I checked my polybag and found that someone had stolen my purse."

Over 15,000 turn up at cancer screening camps

More than 15,000 patients turned up at the cancer screening camps held in 22 districts of the state today.

In Ludhiana district, 710 patients were examined.

Assistant Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Kaushal Saini said, "On the first day, we received 710 patients, out of which, 310 were general patients and 400 were suspected and confirmed cancer patients."

Some patients were satisfied with the services while there were a few who did not found the camp up to the mark. Surjeet Kaur, an attendant, said, "Doctors, who examined my brother, were cooperative. They got his tests done free of cost."

A boy who had come with his ailing sister said they did not face any problem in getting the registration done.

A few patients said they were asked to get the tests done from private laboratories. This exposed the claims of the health department.

Showing his prescription, Ramchander, who has nodes behind his left ear, said, "Doctors have asked me to get the tests done from a private laboratory. I will have to spend Rs 2,500 on getting these done. Why have they called us here when they do not have equipment to conduct tests such as ultrasonography and mammography?"

Another patient said,"I have been asked to get mammography done from outside. I cannot afford the test." Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Subhash Batta said,"Blood test, X-ray and pap smear were done during the camp. We do not have equipment for ultrasonography and mammography. Only those patients who require these tests are asked to go to private laboratories."

ACS speaks
Assistant Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Kaushal Saini, said, "One should be beware of pickpockets during such camps. We will make an announcement in this regard on Sunday."


Residents exercise right to avail services
File 97,235 applications under the Right to Service Act in August
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
The growing awareness on the Right to Service Act has prompted departments to expedite work. Of the 97, 235 applications filed by residents in August, only 406 applications are pending with certain departments.

Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Neeru Katyal said 80 more services were added to the Right to Service Act, taking the total number of services to 149.

She said in July 2013, 1.08 lakh applications were filed and the pendency was 7,811 while in August 97, 235 applications were filed and only 406 applications were pending. It is the duty of department heads to get these disposed of," said Katyal.

She said in the beginning there were 11 departments, but now the number has increased to 18.

She stated that for services listed between 1 and 7, the residents could approach the revenue department, for 8-11, they could go to the health department, for 12-19, the transport department could be contacted.

The departments for the other services are: 20 personnel, 21 food supplies department, 22-29 housing and urban development department, 43-44 social security department, 45 welfare of SC/BC, 46-69 home department, 70-79 agriculture department, 80 animal husbandry department and 81-82 schools.

"The other departments include higher education, industries, local bodies, PSPCL, social security department, town planning department and welfare department. It is the duty of the department officials to dispose of applications on time. If the fail to do so, one can approach the higher authority," said Katyal.

Under the Act, an appeal needs to be disposed of by the first authority within 30 days while the second authority has to dispose it of within 60 days.



In civic body, rules are meant to be broken
Police personnel deployed with civic body to assist officials in issuing challans
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
When law enforcers turn into law breakers, one can very well imagine the state of affairs.

Police officers posted with the MC are not even authorised to issue challans under the Punjab Municipal Act, but still they have been penalising offenders for the past few months.

The police officers blatantly violate rules and no one stops them. As per the rules, only MC officials can issue challans for any violation.

The police force deputed with the MC is basically to assist the staff during anti-encroachment drives.

The officers provide security cover to the staff while they are disposing their duties. When Rakesh Kumar Verma was MC Commissioner, he had issued orders asking the MC police not to issue challans. DSP Darshan Singh, who is posted with the MC, claimed that he was not aware of any such orders issued by Rakesh Kumar Verma.

"We are here to help the MC generate revenue. We have managed to generate a revenue amounting to Rs 96,000 from challans only. I want my staff to issue challans for violations found on roads and they are just following my orders. Some police officers have problem as they do not want to perform their duties," he claimed. MC Commissioner Rahul Tewari claimed that he would have to check whether the MC police was authorised to issue challans. "If Rakesh Kumar Verma had withdrawn the powers from the police, there must have been some reason. I will discuss the matter with my officers before taking any decision. But one thing is certain that I will not let anyone violate the rules," he claimed.



Youth hurt in mishap
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
A youth suffered serious injuries after a speeding bus hit his motorcycle on the NH-1 near the Jalandhar bypass this morning.

Ram, a factory worker, was going towards the city when the bus hit him.

Vehicles are not allowed to pass through the highway on account of construction work, but still the bus driver took the road.

Passersby called an ambulance which reached after 20 minutes.

Balwinder Singh, SHO, Salem Tabri, said, "We have impounded the bus. Action will be taken once the statement of the youth is recorded." The youth is stated to be out of danger.



3 vehicle thieves arrested with 21 cars
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
The city police has arrested three more members of a vehicle thieves’ gang with 21 cars. The gang was busted by the Bathinda police.

The police brought six members of the gang from the Bathinda jail on production warrants. During their interrogation, the accused revealed the names of three of their accomplices who were active in Ludhiana district.

Those arrested have been identified as Amanpreet Singh, alias Amana, a resident of Shaheed Karnail Singh Nagar, Gurdeep Singh Paheer and Mandeep Singh, a scrap dealer.

Commissioner of Police Paramjit Singh Gill said the accused confessed to the crime. They used to buy damaged vehicles from insurance companies and then used lift cars of the same model from public places, mostly from outside shopping malls.

The Commissioner of Police said: “A member of the gang, Surjit Singh, a resident of Delhi, is an expert in opening the central locks of vehicles.”

The accused used to open the car from the dickey and replace the central locking system within no time. The miscreants then used to take away the car and their accomplices used to follow the owner of the vehicle to the police station. They used to inform their accomplices about the action to be taken by the police.

The Police Commissioner said: “They used to tell their accomplices about police checkpoints on highways who in turn used to divert the stolen vehicle to link roads. They used to change the number plates of the stolen car to give police the slip.” After stealing the car, the accused used to replace the chassis and engine number of the vehicle before selling it off. “We expect more arrests and recoveries in the coming days. The kingpin of the gang is from Amritsar and is still at large,” said the Police Commissioner.



municipal corporation slapgate
Ministerial staff form union
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
Three days after a Ludhiana Municipal Corporation superintendent, Rajiv Bharadwaj, was slapped by two MC sweepers at an office of the civic body, the ministerial staff formed its own union.

The newly formed union, named Ludhiana Corporation Ministerial Union, comprises MC superintendents, inspectors and clerks. The union members said they were never formally a part of the Municipal Karamchari Dal--the existing union of MC employees.

"After our senior colleagues retired, none among the ministerial staff tried to form a union. Due to this laxity on our part, I had to suffer, as the office-bearers of Municipal Karamchari Dal never stood up for our rights and shielded the sweepers," said Rajiv Bharadwaj, president of the newly formed union.

Hartej Singh, Secretary, MC, has been appointed the chairman, while superintendent KP Singh is the vice-chairman of the union.

The senior vice-presidents include inspector Harvinder Singh Bindra, superintendent Neeraj Jain, and clerk Gurnam Singh. The vice-presidents are clerks Ravi Kant and Gurwinderpal Singh Lucky besides steno Kamaljit Kaur and superintendent Sanjeev Uppal.

The general secretaries are superintendents Jasdev Singh Sekhon and Sbdul Sattar, clerk Harpal Singh and PA Pritpal Kaur. Secretaries include junior assistant Jogi Ram, clerk Jaspreet Singh and inspector Pardeep Jhanji. Inspectors Rajinder Goyal and Vivek Verma have been appointed treasurers.

The executive members include inspectors Surinderpal Gupta, Rita Rani, Vijay Kataria, Rajiv Saggar and Harbans Lal Gill, superintendents Nirmal Singh and Naveen Malhotra, clerks Harmeet Singh Bunty and Gopal Singh besides Vinayak Kumar. The legal committee comprises legal advisor KS Kahlon and superintendents Surinder Pal and Ranjeev Kumar.

Rajiv Bharadwaj said some leaders of a particular community were earlier threatening the employees against becoming a part of the new union, but none budged under their pressure.



1,400 Congress workers, leaders from district to converge on Delhi today
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
Around 1,400 Congress workers, along with the party MLAs and district leaders, left Ludhiana tonight to join their counterparts from other districts of the state in Delhi tomorrow.

The party has reportedly hired 234 buses for ferrying party workers from all over Punjab. From Ludhiana, 28 buses have been hired.

The workers and leaders will assemble at Majnu Ka Teela in the National Capital and then proceeding further as per the directions of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Partap Singh Bajwa. Speculations are rife that the PPCC chief will take on the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on the issue of the Sikh farmers in Gujarat.

District Congress Committee, Ludhiana (Urban), chief Pawan Dewan, however, said the 'agenda' of the party workers was to meet the UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi in order to seek a flood relief package for Punjab.

The issue of the Punjabi farmers in Gujarat will also be discussed with the UPA Chairperson, said Dewan.



Students showcase creations
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
A fashion carnival ‘Gen-X Pose’ was organised on the premises of INIFD today. Many student-designers walked down the ramp on the occasion. The carnival witnessed participation of over 200 student-designers. The entire show was choreographed by Mallone Singh, who has also trained celebrities such as Kangana Ranaut, Vanya Mishra and Navneet Kaur Dhillon.

The director of the institute, Arvind Gupta, said, “The event not only showcased the creations by students, but also promoted fashion sense.”

With the help of the carnival, students also understood the way of styling and designing clothes according to an individual’s body structure and physical attributes, said the director.

The students were asked to do a thorough research, choose a designer from the leading fashion designers, and observe their unique creations. Signature styles of some of the major designers such as Gucci, Armani, Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferragamo, Christian Dior, Manish Malhotra, Nikhil Thampi, Sabyasachi and Neeta Lulla were researched by the students, a faculty member added.



Traders attend workshop
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
The Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking (CICU) organised a workshop on ‘Efficient use of Pneumatics and Mechatronics’ today. More than 50 industrialists, senior staff and representatives from various units from across the Northern India attended the workshop.

The joint secretary of the Chamber, Upkar Singh Ahuja, said the main motive of organising the workshop is to make the city-based industries a world-class in terms of quality and productivity. Automation is must at all levels to achieve this target and among other factors, labour cost is also one of the most significant aspect, said Ahuja.

“It is the need of the hour to create an awareness regarding the use of pneumatics and mechatronics at a low-cost automation in industries, which at present, is only possible through organising such workshops and seminars,” said the joint secretary.

Avtar Singh, general secretary of the Chamber, said we have been organising and conducting seminars on various issues, useful for the industries, such as energy efficiency, pollution control and environment improvements, quality and productivity, finance and material management. “During the harvesting seasons, the cost of labour also increases besides creating a shortage. The Chamber is making efforts to improve the automation process in industries to reduce the manual working by 20 per cent,” said the general secretary.



Curbing drug addiction my priority: Jyani
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
Surjit Kumar Jyani, the new Health and Family Welfare Minister, said his top priority would be to curb the menace of drug addiction in the state.

Jyani, who will also hold the additional charge of Social Security and the Development of Women and Children Ministries, was earlier holding the portfolio of Forest and Wildlife Preservation besides Labour Minister.

Talking to The Tribune, Jyani said: “I’ll also focus on checking adulteration of eatables. I will also address the issue of high incidence of cancer. I will meet officers of the Heath Department and find out if there is any village from where no case of cancer has been reported. We will see what factors helped in saving those villagers from the deadly disease. Similarly, we will find the village where the incidence of cancer is maximum and reasons behind it."

Jyani said the department will ensure the disease is detected at an early stage.



world heart day
150 cyclists honoured for spreading awareness
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
On the occasion of World Heart Day, observed on September 29, as many as 150 cyclists were honoured for spreading message of keeping a healthy heart through cycling. The cyclists were honoured by Diabetes Free World and NIMA, Ludhiana, near Rakh Bagh, Civil lines, here today.

Dr Surinder Gupta led the team of NIMA, Ludhiana. Dr Rajesh Thapar, Dr Inder Sharma, Dr Karnail Singh, Dr Ish Handa, Dr Vishal Sharma, Shiv Kumar Sharma, Pawan Sharma, Raj Sharma, Deepak and Rakesh participated in the activity.

World heart day is celebrated to sensitise people about the importance of keeping the heart fit and active, said Dr Surinder Gupta.

An individual must adopt a healthy lifestyle and avoid junk food in order to stay fit and healthy. A daily regimen of exercise, good sleep and a healthy diet ensures of a sound future, said a doctor from the team.



paddy procurement
Ensure timely payment to farmers: DC
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal directed officials to ensure that farmers get paid within 72 hours of selling their produce.

Chairing a meeting of the Mandi Board officials, SDMs, arhtiyas, representatives of the procurement agencies and farmers on paddy procurement at Bachat Bhawan today, the DC urged farmers not to bring paddy with high moisture content to the market.

The procurement of paddy starts from October 1.

The DC also asked officials to make arrangements for safe drinking water and uninterrupted power supply at 102 mandis in the district.

The DC directed authorities to provide gunny bags to arhtiyas for lifting the produce. He said Pungrain would lift 25 per cent of the produce, Markfed 22 per cent, Punsup 23 per cent, Warehouse 11 per cent, Punjab Agro Industry 9 per cent and FCI 10 per cent.



Hosts shine at youth fest

Doraha, September 28
The local Guru Nanak National College has bagged the overall team trophy at the Panjab University Youth and Heritage Festival for the Zone-A colleges of Ludhiana.

Various dignitaries were present at Dr Ishwar Singh Memorial Hall on the college premises during the award ceremony. Principal Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu welcomed the gathering.

On the final day, the host college won the first prize in various team events including folk dance, folk orchestra, folk instruments, kavishri and kali. Prabhjot Kaur and Gaganpreet Kaur stood first in indivual events: crochet and pakhi making.



from schools
Book unveiled

Ludhiana: SK Mehta, manager of BCM Institutes, unveiled a book titled ‘Reverberates’ at BCM Senior Secondary School, Basant City. The book compiles the finest examples of reviews written by employees of BCM Institutes under one title. Principal Amar Jyoti Chawla congratulated teachers for their efforts.


The senior humanities forum of Kundan Vidya Mandir organised extempore speech contest. The contest was divided into two groups, Group I and Group II. Group I consisted of participants from Classes IX to X and Group II had participants from Classes XI to XII. Each participant was given one to two minutes to speak on the given topics. In Group I, Suvarnima Poddar of the Gandhi house stood first followed by Nitika Jain of the Nehru house. In Group II, Nakul Aggarwal of the Raman house stood first and Govind Singh Gandhi of Subhash House stood second.

Special assembly

Annual theme assembly of Class VI was held on Saturday. The theme of the assembly was ‘Importance of Sports’. A group dance and group song was performed on the occasion. Students recited poems based on the theme. A mime based on the life of famous cricket player Yuvraj Singh was the highlight of the assembly. In character walk, students dressed up like famous sports personalities. The skill of the month was how to pack school bag. A speech on the topic ‘Sportsmanship’ was also delivered.

Martyr remembered

Students of Classes I and II celebrated birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh at Ryan International School. Students made sketches of Bhagat Singh and wrote various slogans. Some dressed up like Bhagat Singh and spoke few lines on him. Motivating the students, principal Parveena John said, “Such activities inculcate sense of values, cultures and belongingness among the children".

Grandparents’ Day

Grandparents’ Day was celebrated at DAV Public School on Saturday. UKG studentsStudents take part in a cultural programme during the Grandparents’ Day celebrations at DAV Public School in Ludhiana on Saturday. sang songs and performed dance numbers. Various fun-filled activities were also carried out on the occasion. The event started on a traditional note, with UKG students performing Ganesh Stuti. A still dance presented by students enthralled the viewers. Grandparents thanked the principal of the school for organising such a programme. The principal of the school said the event was created to strengthen the bond between grandparents and students. — TNS
Students take part in a cultural programme during the Grandparents’ Day celebrations at DAV Public School in Ludhiana on Saturday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma



2 held for stalking girl
Our Correspondent

Khamano, September 28
Two youths were arrested for allegedly chasing and harassing a schoolgirl of the nearby village, by the Khamano police, on basis of a complaint registered on the helpline number 181.

The station house officer, Khamano, Palwinder Singh, said the police received a complaint from a resident of Badla village alleging that some youths were harassing his daughter, who is a student at High School, Dulwan.

Acting on the information, the Khamano police deputed a special police party that acted immediately and arrested the two alleged culprits.

A case has been registered under Sections 341,354, 354-D, 506, and 34 of the IPC and under Section 12 of Children Protection Act-2012. The arrested youths were presented in a court at Fatehgarh Sahib, from where they were sent to a judicial custody for 14 days at the Nabha jail.

The case will be heard by Fast Track Court for a speedy trial, said the SHO.

7-kg poppy husk seized

Ludhiana: The Salem Tabri police held a person with 7-kg poppy husk at GT Road, near Bal Singh Nagar, here yesterday. The accused has been identified as Balwainder Singh, a resident of Kabir Nagar.

The incharge of the Crime Investigation Agency staff, Ashok Kumar, said, “To keep a vigil on unlawful activities, a check post was installed at the Bal Singh Nagar gate. On account of suspicion, police officials checked luggage of the accused and recovered 7 kg of poppy husk from his possession.

A case under NDPS Act has been registered against the accused.

Investigations were on in this regard, said a police official. — TNS



GNPS skaters dominate on Day 1
Our Sports Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 28
Students of Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, proved their mettle by clinching ten gold medals on the opening day of the 16th Ludhiana District Roller Skating Championship that commenced at the Leisure Valley Skating Rink here today.

Skaters from Guru Nanak International Public School, Model Town, along with those from Sacred Heart Convent School; Ryan International School; Kundan Vidya Mandir; DAV Public School; Delhi Public School; BCM Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar; Sat Paul Mittal School, Dugri; Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar; and Leisure Valley Centre too finished among the medal winners.

Over 125 skaters in the boys’ as well as girls' categories are participating in the annual event.



Sujapur cagers drub Doraha school 52-13

A cager tries an alley-oop during a match at Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana, on Saturday.
Having a ball: A cager tries an alley-oop during a match at Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana, on Saturday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, September 28
Sujapur lads scored an emphatic 52-13 win over Doraha Public School in the boys' under-14 category on the opening day of the Ludhiana District Basketball Championship at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

In another match, Police Lines Club came out triumphant 36-19 against PS Khalsa School.

In the boys' under-18 group, GMT Public School outwitted DAV School, BRS Nagar, 27-19; Doraha Public School defeated Sacred Heart School, Jagraon, 39-16; and BCM Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh Road, overcame Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, 34-24.

Guru Nanak International Public School, Model Town, too got the better of Kundan Vidya Mandir 53-34 to advance further. — OC



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