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PSEB Class XII exams
Ludhiana dist top performer on merit list
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 11
As many as 108 students (highest from a district in the state) made it to the merit list in the Class XII results declared by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) today. However, the students from the district have failed to achieve top seven ranks. Hardeep Kaur of RS Model Senior Secondary School topped the district in the non-medical stream with 96.67% marks. She bagged the 8th rank on the state merit list. Her father is a mason and mother is a house wife.

Ishpreet Singh of the same school bagged the first position in the district in the humanities stream with 96.22% marks. He bagged the 10th rank. Ishpreet is a national-level sportsman and board has given him additional marks for his achievements in sports.

Simran Grewal of Government Senior Secondary Model School, PAU campus, stood first in the medical stream with 96% marks. Simran has made all government schools proud with her achievement. She got the 11th rank on the state merit list.

Harmeet Kaur of Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School, Prabhat Nagar, Dholewal, bagged the first position in the commerce stream with 95.56% marks. Harmeet got the 13th rank.

Bhartiya Kanika Single of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Shaheed Udam Singh Nagar; and Kamalpreet Kaur of RS Model Senior Secondary School bagged the 11th rank in the science stream.

Meanwhile, 22 students of Teja Singh Sutantar Memorial Senior Secondary School, Shimlapuri, made it to the state merit list.

As many as 19 students of RS Model Senior Secondary School got positions on the list. Three students of Government Senior Secondary Model School, Punjab Agricultural University, also made it to the merit list. Inderjot Kaur got the 20th rank while Anjali Mittal secured the 21st rank.

Topper’s take

Hardeep Kaur of RS Model Senior Secondary School

Claim to fame: Tops in the district in the non-medical stream with 96.67% marks.

Credit: Says her teachers were very helpful. They provided a friendly environment. Her parents gave motivational support.

Aim: Wants to clear the Indian Administrative Service examination.

Success Mantra: "I never hesitate to ask questions even from the school principal. One can't get results by studying under pressure. I always study in a relaxed mood. I study for more than 20 hours daily during examinations,” she says.

Simran Grewal of Government Senior Secondary Model School, PAU

Claim to fame: Tops in medical stream with 96% marks.

Credit: Says her parents, especially father, never press for studies. Her teachers are very hard working and devoted extra time for preparation of the examinations.

Aim: Preparing for the PMT. Wants to become a doctor.

Success Mantra: "I used to study five or seven hours daily. I think it is enough to revise all the class work at home. I worked hard during the examinations".

Harmeet Kaur of Guru Nanak Model Sr Sec School, Prabhat Nagar

Claim to fame: Tops the commerce stream in the district with 95.56 % marks.

Credit: Parents motivated, teachers gave extra attention.

Aim: To join a multinational co. as a company secretary.

Success Mantra: Never say die. "I got more than 90% marks in class X but couldn’t make it to merit list. I worked hard to be successful this time." Consistency pays. "I devoted 20 hours daily to study during exams."

Ishpreet Singh of RS Model Senior Secondary School

Claim to fame: Tops district in humanities with 96.22% marks.

Credit: Says his mother is a teacher and she motivated him a lot to do better in studies. His father is a physical instructor in a school and he has participated in national games. Apart from his parents, the school teachers played a major role in his success.

Aim: Wants to clear the Indian Administrative Services examination to become an officer.

Success Mantra: During school hours, she never wasted time on unproductive tasks. She used to study four or five hours at home daily and never felt stressed.



Girl students again outshine boys
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Charu (centre), who has stood 3rd on the state merit list in the science stream, with her classmates in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, May 11
Ludhiana district has slipped from top positions to the eighth position on the state merit list. Last year, three students were among top seven merit holders. Hardeep Kaur (eighth rank) of RS Model School is the only student from the district among the top 10 position holders. The PSEB-affiliated schools, which were known for good results, have failed to put up a good show.

The Punjab School Education Board released a list of 389 students who have bagged ranks from 1 to 50. Eight students from government schools figure on the merit list.

Meanwhile, educationalists have expressed concern about the declining performance of government schools in the PSEB exams. The government schools have highly qualified teachers who get more salaries than their counterparts in private schools.

Girls have again outshone boys. The toppers of three streams in the district are girls. On the state merit list, too, the number of girls is more than boys.

Charu, who has bagged the third rank in the state PSEB examination, was in the city for the preparation of the common entrance examination of Punjab Agricultural University. Charu attends coaching classes at a private academy in Ludhiana.

“I did not expect myself to be among the top three rank holders, so I had been preparing for the CET. Now, I will try to get admission to the BSc Maths (Hons) course at Delhi University,” she said.



City police bust gang of women thieves
Kingpin owns three shops in city, annual income more than Rs 7 lakh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 11
The Division Number 6 police have busted a gang of women thieves, the kingpin of which owns three shops in the city and has an annual income of more than Rs 7 lakh from rental. Division Number 6 SHO Sandeep Wadera said on May 2, 2014, Harmit Singh, a resident of BRS Nagar, lodged a complaint. He told the police that nuts and bolts were stolen from his factory, BAC Enterprises, Textile Colony, Industrial Area A, on the night of May 1.

"The owner had installed CCTV cameras on the factory premises and the entire theft was recorded. In the footage, a few women are seen roaming in the area at around 3:15 am. They break the shutter of the godown. While one of the women enters the godown, the others stay outside. The woman, who entered the godown, hands over about 32 bags of nuts and bolts to the women waiting outside one by one. They load the bags in a three-wheeler parked outside and flee the scene," said the SHO.

Wadera said Raju, the driver of the auto-rickshaw used in the crime, was arrested near Cheema Chowk yesterday and the vehicle (number PB-10-EH-2983) impounded. Preliminary investigations revealed five women, namely Munni Bai, Jyoti, Babita, Radha and Puja, perpetrated the crime and Munni Bai was their kingpin. The booty was sold to a scrap dealer, Suresh Ram. The police have arrested three women, Munni Bai, Jyoti and Babita, and the scrap dealer, a resident of Faizabad, UP. One bag of nuts and bolts has been recovered from the dealer.

"We are yet to recover the remaining stolen nuts and bolts as the scrap dealer had sold them to another dealer. The women thieves procured SIM cards on fake addresses," said Wadera.

According to information, Munni Bai hailed from Rajasthan and has lived in the city for more than three decades. A resident of Dhaka Colony, Dugri, Munni Bai owns three shops, from which she gets more than Rs 7 lakh annually as rental. The police had a tough time arresting her as she was "politically very well connected". Eight cases under various sections have been registered against her at different police stations.

CCTV cameras nail thieves

In the footage, a few women are seen roaming in the area at around 3:15 am. They break the shutter of the godown. While one of the women enters the godown, the others stay outside. The woman, who entered the godown, hands over about 32 bags of nuts and bolts to the women waiting outside one by one. They load the bags in a three-wheeler parked outside and flee the scene



Lok Sabha poll: Only one registered in ‘third category’
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 11
In the Lok Sabha elections here, of the 18 voters registered in the "third gender category", only one used the right to franchise on April 30. This shows though the apex court has given them (transgenders or medically operated transgenders) a special status of third gender voters, they are yet to come out of the social taboo attached to them.

According to the data on the website of Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab, "In the Ludhiana Lok Sabha constituency, only 18 voters registered in the ‘other category’. Of these only one voter from the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community from the Ludhiana (East) Vidhan Sabha constituency dared to register in this category".

Confirming this, Dr Sumeet Jarangal, Assistant Returning Officer of Ludhiana (East), said: "We received only one voter who wrote his name in the "other category’. Indeed, it was an appreciable step." The ARO added the voter, who was in his early thirties, requested us not to reveal the latter’s identity. Of course, we too have been instructed not to reveal anyone's identity."

Jagdev Singh, a computer programmer at the Election Tehsildar’s Office, said: "Many of such voters cast their vote in the male or female category. Very rarely such voters register in the "other category".

After receiving instructions from VK Singh, Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab, Rajat Aggarwal, District Election Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, highlighted the “other category” norm in the awareness campaigns. Aggarwal said it was an option with such voters that they might and might not get register in the "third category”.



Woman held on charge of killing daughter
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 11
While children expressed gratitude towards their mothers on Mother’s Day today, the Division Number 7 police arrested a woman on charge of killing her teenage daughter about a fortnight ago. The woman did not like her daughter’s outgoing nature. Sandeep Garg, Division Number 7 SHO, said Nirmala, a resident of EWS Colony, near Samrala Chowk, had been arrested and she had confessed to the crime.

"On April 21, 2014, 18-year-old Nisha's charred body was found in the washroom of her house. While parents maintained that she might have committed suicide, the police did not buy their story of suicide and registered a case against unidentified persons," said Garg.

Nirmala, Nisha’s mother, did not like her outgoing nature. After strangling Nisha to death, she doused her with kerosene and set her on fire to make it look like a suicide. Neighbours said they saw smoke billowing out of the house but heard no cries of the deceased or desperate calls for help by parents, Garg added.

"Further questioning of the accused will be done during her police remand. The police will try to find whether more persons were involved in the crime," said Garg.



Admn should seek NGOs’ help

Accidents involving stray cattle are on the rise in the city. Seeking a solution to the problem, Tribune reporter Gurvinder Singh speaks to a cross-section of residents.

The authorities should not feel compunction about sterilising stray animals. The animals stray on to roads and jeopardise the lives of commuters. Recently, a stray dog came in front of my car. As I applied brakes, a motorcycle rammed into my vehicle. I had to go through a harrowing time. The animals need to be castrated. Not only human lives are jeopardised, but they too suffer injuries. It is better to put an end to their suffering. Compassion for animals is one thing, but allowing animals to roam around on roads is injustice

— Gulneet Chahal, master trainer and life coach

It is not easy to deal with the situation as animal rights experts and religious organisations step in, if animals are harmed. To solve the problem, the government and the public will have to join hands. The city should have animal shelters. Every day, you get to hear about accidents involving stray animals. The problem has been resolved in some cities of Gujarat. If efforts are put in, even we can rid city roads of stray animals.

— Dr R Vatsyayan, ayurvedic expert

The situation is grave as accidents are on the rise in the city. Shelters need to be built for such animals. Stray dogs keep roaming freely in residential areas and parks. The Administration should take steps to resolve the problem. They have been claiming that they will launch sterilisation campaigns, but nothing has been done so far. The problem needs to be solved at the earliest.

— Mona Singh, principal, Guru Nanak Public School

The government should take the initiative. Many NGOs are ready to help. They just need land and ample facilities to tide over the problem. A number of motorists have lost their lives in accidents involving stray animals. The authorities have failed to check the menace. The NGOs can play a vital role in solving the problem.

— Maneet Dewan, social activist

The Administration should launch sterilisation campaigns. The situation has gone from bad to worse. Shelters must be built to control the population of animals in urban areas. Stricter rules will help check the menace. Due to the slack approach of the Administration, human lives are being lost. Eventually, officials will have to take action, otherwise, fatal mishaps will keep taking place.

— Karamjit Grewal, writer

Mayorspeak: Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said he would propose a stray animal cell during the upcoming Finance and Contracts Committee (F&CC) meeting. "In Nagpur, the civic body has succeeded in solving the problem. We will find a solution soon."



Pedal it the Amsterdam way

A resident, who recently visited Amsterdam, said he was impressed by the trend of cycling there. He said people there prefer to commute through cycling rather than using motorised personal transport. It is strange that people of India don’t do enough cycling unlike some of the developed countries like Netherlands, where cycle is used to a much larger extent. It is ludicrous and ironical that even though Ludhiana being the home to cycle industry, people here considers cycling as ‘low-class’, he said. Even though the city is battling high levels of pollution, health issues, inflation, but people don’t switch to cycling for a healthier life and greener city. “The administration must take cue from Netherlands, which is considered to be the most cycle-friendly city. Being the hub of cycle industry, the government must promote cycling here to make it the most bicycle-friendly city of the country,” he said.

Shock treatment

Now that the polling for the Lok Sabha elections is over and results are expected in the next couple of days, the residents in the industrial capital of the state are again huffing and puffing due to erratic power supply. While the power utility keeps claiming that no power cuts have been imposed and adequate power is available to meet the present demand in full, the people are facing frequent power failure due to unscheduled cuts, maintenance shut downs and load shedding, even during night. Disruption in power supply during extremely hot and humid weather, especially during night and early morning adds to the misery of the residents and hence, throwing normal life out of gear. To make the matters worse, the Punjab State Power Corporation (PSPC) has indicated of yet another hike in power tariff in the near future. It seems the government and the power utility really believes in giving the people shock treatment.

The real picture

On Mother’s Day, people are busy exchanging SMSs and greetings with their respected mothers. Some are presenting greeting cards and gifts while others are throwing party for them and so on. Meanwhile an auto-rickshaw driver was spotted carrying a quote which depicted the real picture of some mothers who are ill-treated. It read as ‘Dudh naal putt pal ke picchon paani nu tarasdiyan maavan’ (After bringing up sons with their feed, the mothers starve even for water afterwards).

Election fever still on!!

With results of the elections yet to be announced, the election frenzy is not over. Die-hard supporters of various political parties are busy offering prayers or visiting religious places to ‘script’ a victory for their leader. A large cut-out of the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, (see picture) was recently put up by some city-based supporters to show their loyalty to the leader. Astrologers too, are busy making predictions. Interestingly, these predictions have more to do with the PM rather than the MP. A city-based astrologer Ashish Moudgil claims that there’s a high probability that Modi will be the Prime Minister. “The favourable planetary combination makes Modi the most likely PM. The role of Rahu will be significant,” he claims. Meanwhile, the political pundits have their own calculations. They are busy studying the political graphs of various parties. The social media space is also being studied assiduously.

Contributed by: Gurvinder Singh, Kuldip Bhatia, Anupam Bhagria and Manav Mander



Ludhiana Scan
Power shutdown

The 11-kV National Road feeder, fed from 66-kV DC Complex sub-station, will remain shut down on Monday from 9 am to 2 pm for urgent maintenance work. During this period, power supply to National Road, Shah Singh Road, HIG Flats, GGN Khalsa College for Boys, Ghumar Mandi and surrounding areas will be affected.

Symposium held

The Department of Medicine and Emergency Medicine under the aegis of the Indo-US Academic Council for Emergency and Trauma organised a symposium on Emergency Medicine ‘CAPITAL-EM-2014’ at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) on Sunday. Vice-principal and organising chairman Dr Sandeep Puri said with the advent of specialisation of emergency medicine, the emergency departments in medical colleges and major hospitals had seen a substantial change in the care of their patients, achieving shorter time of care, improving the time spent in the service, more rapid and timely treatment to critically-ill patients thus decreasing their morbidity and mortality.

Plantation drive

Vmad (V making a difference), a Ludhiana-based social transformation organisation on a mission to make the city beautiful and creating leaders, organised a plantation drive in Karnail Singh Nagar in the Pakhowal Road on Sunday. The team together planted more than 100 trees and also provided tree guards for them. Jatinderpal Singh Manchanda, MD Vmad, said, “We are making people aware of not just planting a tree but also taking care of it. We are following the quote not just ‘each one plant one’ but ‘each one adopts one’.”


A meeting of the executive committee of the Dr Ambedkar Mission Employees Federation was held in Ludhiana on Sunday under the presidentship of Resham Lal Sidhu during which he informed that the birth anniversary of Dr Ambedkar will be celebrated on May 17 at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan. Director of the National Commission for Schedule Caste will be the chief guest on the occasion. The meeting also reviewed the preparations for the function.

Religious function

Mandi Ahmedgarh: Vedant Acharya Swami Chetan Nand Maharaj Bhooriwale, convener of the Garib Dassi Trust at Mandi Ahmedgarh, urged the residents to pave path for world peace by creating congenial atmosphere at their respective homes. The appeal was made during the concluding session of a religious function held at local MGMN Senior Secondary School on Saturday night. Office-bearers and activists of various social and religious organisations of the area announced to join hands with the organisations in the movement launched against radicalism and communal disharmony. Terming global peace as prerequisite necessity to upgrade the standard of life, Swami Chetan Nand Maharaj Bhooriwale said foundation of the dream could be laid only by initiating process from unit of family.

Mother’s Day

The Malwa Sabhyacharak Manch issued a message on Mother’s Day and said those who respect their mothers march ahead in their lives. “Indian culture is different from the Western culture. Here, we worship our mother like God. The thing that is worrying today is that with families becoming nuclear and everybody busy in their own ambitions and goals, the respect for relations is decreasing. The present generation should understand that they may achieve high positions in their lives but nobody can take their mother’s position and they should always hold them close to their heart and respect them from the core of their heart,” a member of the manch said.




‘Romeo Ranjha’ star cast comes calling
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 11
Star cast of the upcoming Punjabi movie ‘Romeo Ranjha’ was in the city today. Director Navaniat Singh, singer-cum-actors Jazzy B and Garry Sandhu along with female actors Aman Grewal and Parul Gulati came to promote their upcoming movie.

Singer Jazzy B said the movie was a con-comedy in which he and Garry Sandhu are the protagonists who act as swindlers. “It is an action-comedy with the elements of romance and drama. Overall, it is a complete family entertainer,” he said.

The singer added that the movie had interesting action sequences that were shot in Bangkok and other cities of Thailand, and most of these had been performed by the actors themselves.

Jazzy B further said that even though many Punjabi movies may not be doing very well at the box office, but this movie would be a game-changer for the Punjabi cinema. The movie has been shot in Thailand, Chandigarh and Patiala, he added.

Singer Garry Sandhu, who is making his acting debut, said he was approached by the director of the movie, Navaniat Singh, and was glad to make his debut in a movie with an interesting plot and great team.

Producer Gunbir Sidhu claimed that the movie had the highest budget of Rs eight crore for Punjabi cinema so far.

Bollywood action director Allan Amin has choreographed the action sequences in the movie, he added. The movie is scheduled to be released on May 16.



Better Ludhiana: Parking pangs
Shrinking space poses problems
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 11
With the number of vehicles plying on the city roads crossing the 14 lakh mark and space available for parking them remaining limited, residents are frequently harassed. The murder of a 58-year-old man over the issue of parking and an assault on a bank employee by a senior police officer in Dugri area are clear indicators to the repercussions of the shrinking parking space across the city.

Besides property and marital disputes, fights over parking of vehicles is emerging as a major issue the police will have to deal with in coming days, say residents.

Forced to park vehicles on the streets outside their residential premises, people are also falling victim to vehicle lifting and stealing of tyres.

Three-fold increase in number of vehicles

The real estate boom in the early 2000s and the emergence of the middle class as a potential market for cars is also being blamed for problems related to parking.

In the beginning of 2000, there were less than 5 lakh vehicles on the city roads. In nearly 15 years, the number has seen a three-fold increase.

Most residents who were living in the Old City area till the late 1990s sold their property and shifted to smaller colonies in Haibowal, Kitchlu Nagar, Dugri, Sector 32 (Chandigarh Road) and other parts of the city.

With easy finance options available, buying a car became a must for the new affluent class. These colonies, however, do on have adequate parking space, which has led to parking problems and even quarrels between neighbours.

No effective policy

The authorities have devised no effective policy to end the parking pangs residents suffer. Sensing a business opportunity, shopping malls and parking lot contractors are making residents shell out anywhere between Rs 30 and Rs 100 as parking fee. As compared to the state capital, Chandigarh, the fee is three to five times higher in the city.

Paid parking affects businesses

Taking a cue from these contractors, the municipal corporation, too, is busy filling its coffers. The civic body’s decision to convert the parking space on Ferozepur Road into a paid parking lot has affected the business of shopkeepers and led to a substantial drop in the land price.

"Our businesses have been severally hit after the parking space available opposite our shops was converted into a paid parking lot. Who will pay Rs 30 to park the vehicle while visiting the marker to buy a product of, say, Rs 10? Prospective buyers are no longer interested in buying a shop on Ferozepur Road," said a group of shopkeepers.

Old City area remains worst affected

The condition is even worse in the Old City area, where residents have to “battle” for every inch of parking space. At Bhadaur House, the parking space of Caliber Plaza, popularly know as AC Market, has been converted into shops.

The leg of the Lakkar Pul flyover constructed towards Bhadaur House, being non-functional yet, is being used by shopkeepers to park their vehicles.

The gross violation of building bylaws and shrinkage of parking space has made the area one of the worst bottlenecks of the city.

The parking problem is compounded with shopkeepers encroaching upon the parking space to dump their stock at Ghumar Mandi, Dandi Swami Road, Haibowal Market, Model Town Market, Bhadaur House and other areas.

Residents end up parking cars on roads

Be it posh localities such as Rakh Bagh Road, Mall Road, Model Town and Sarabha Nagar or colonies in Haibowal, Sant Isher Singh Nagar (Model Gram), Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Raj Guru Nagar and BRS Nagar or residential areas on Chandigarh Road, one can find cars parked on the road. This leads to paucity of space and narrowing down of already narrow streets.

Congress leader Ishwarjot Cheema said: "Blaming the people will not serve the purpose. The colonisers who have constructed cramped localities, leading to brawls over parking, should be penalised and the government should see to it that provisions are made for adequate space for parking of vehicles.”

Buying cars a prestige issue

Punjab, especially the industrial city of Ludhiana, is represented by a high-income group. Our love for technology and gadgets of any kind is growing. Buying more than one vehicle is not a necessity but a matter of prestige for the city residents. Houses usually have space for parking only one vehicle while the rest have to be parked on the road. People should shun this pseudo-capitalism. Also, the government should devise a policy to tackle this problem.

— Dr Sukhdev Singh, sociology professor



Counting of votes to begin at 8 am on May 16
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 11
On May 16, the counting of votes will start at 8 am in nine centres on the PAU campus. Four centres will be set up at Gymnasium Hall, two at Examination Hall, two at Sukhdev Singh Bhawan and one at Community Centre. An official of the district administration said,"Each counter will have 55 employees, including one micro-observers and two counting officers. Counting tables will have three employees each."

Rajat Aggarwal, District Election Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, said, "Postal ballots will be counted at Students' Home. We will review the arrangements tomorrow. The police department has also been asked to step up security."

To facilitate mediapersons, a media centre will also be set up in the university. There are 15,59,541 registered voters in Ludhiana and 11,01,906 exercised their right to franchise. The Ludhiana Lok Sabha constituency witnessed 70.64 per cent turnout.

Three training sessions for counting staff

The counting staff will be imparted training. The first session will be held on May 12, second will be held on May 15 while the third session will be held on May 16.



From schools
Graduation ceremony

Ludhiana: Green Land Senior Secondary Public School conducted a graduation ceremony for the tiny tots. Students said goodbye to their teachers who had helped them get through their years of informal learning.

Mother's Day

The special day was celebrated across the city. The pre-primary students of Police DAV Public School made greeting cards for their mothers. Mothers invited on the occasion brought home-cooked food for children. The day was also celebrated with fervour ar Kids Castle Preschool. Tiny tots made sandwiches for their mothers and greeted them with hugs and kisses. At ABC Montessori Preschool, mothers participated in various activities. The school head delivered a speech on the importance of motherhood. The day kicked off with a special assembly at HVM Convent School, New Subhash Nagar. Poster-making and card-making activities were held in classrooms.

Fresher's party

To give a warm welcome to the kindergarten students, BCM Arya School organised a fresher's party. Students danced and enjoyed games. They were given various titles.

Green Week

New GMT Public School celebrated Green Week. Students were motivated to plant at least one tree. Principal Manjeet Kaur and director Arvinder Singh planted saplings on the campus and urged students to save the environment.


Saraswati Modern Senior Secendory School organised an inter-house English declamation contest. Students presented their views on various topics such as role of media, social responsibility, fashion and food habits. Niharika, Vanshika, Garima and Gurleen bagged the top positions. — TNS



Poor amenities
Residents denounce LIT authorities
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 11
Residents of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar Colony, developed by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) in an area of 475 acres on Pakhowal Road, are up in arms against LIT authorities. They expressed resentment over the slack approach of the authorities towards their basic needs.

That the LIT authorities are closing their eyes to the misery of thousands of residents in the colony is evident from the fact that no effort worth the name has been made to repair and carpet one of the strategic roads which connects E, F, G and H blocks of the colony.

"The particular road, adjoining now abandoned City Centre project, had caved in some nine months ago (in August 2013). While the massive caved-in portion was filled up with earth, the road was not carpeted and made functional," said Arvind Sharma, a functionary of the Resident Welfare Society.

Residents of blocks G and H said the caved-in portion of the road was being used as a dumping ground for domestic waste and garbage which emanated foul smell while also posing a grave health hazard to the residents around the particular stretch of the road. With streetlights also remaining party functional, the road users were also exposed to the risk of accidents at night, the residents added.

Sharma said the condition of 100 feet wide main road leading to the colony from Pakhowal Road as well as feeders roads in other blocks of the colony was no better. "Most of the roads are in a state of neglect with big potholes and bumpy surface and for the last more than three years no repair work of carpeting of roads in the colony has been undertaken," he maintained.

Trust officials said there was uncertainty over the administrative control of the colony as it was to be handed over to the Municipal Corporation for maintenance. "Now, that the proposal has been struck down and control remains with the LIT, work for repair and carpeting of roads will be undertaken after the resolution adopted for the purpose is approved by the state government," they said.



International Nurses Day today
In pursuit of better life, nurses move on to greener pastures
Manav Mander
Tribune News Services

Ludhiana, May 11
Battling with low salaries, Florence Nightingales of India are moving abroad for better pay packages. Nurses are the backbone of the healthcare sector, but they are not keen on serving their own nation. They study in India and shift abroad. A recent study on the nursing brain drain in India stated that up to one-fifth of the nursing labour force had migrated to wealthier states.

The world will celebrate International Nurses Day tomorrow (May 12), the anniversary of Florence Nightingale. The International Council of Nurses distributes International Nurses' Day (IND) kit every year to mark the day. This year's theme is -- Nurses: A force for change, a vital resource for health.

"Most of the nurses who leave India come from poor families and take bank loans to fund their education. So they work abroad. Many want to support their families, especially old parents," said Ravinder Kaur, head of the nursing staff at a government health centre.

"As long as striking global disparities in nursing incomes persist, it will be difficult to stem out brain drain from the profession. Nurses move abroad in pursuit of better pay. Although the working conditions are fine in India, the salary is too low," said Anu Sharma, a student.

The Civil Hospital is short of staff. At present, 52 nurses are working in the hospital. Dr RK Karkara, Senior Medical Officer, said, "The hospital is short of nursing staff. It should have 70 nurses," he said.

Nurses working under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) are also short-staffed and those working at various primary and community health centres across the state are working overtime.

Surinder Kaur, who works at the PHC, Mehdudan, said there were only two nurses at the primary health centre and they had to work for 18 hours at a stretch, "We have no off days. We were hopeful of fresh recruitments, but we were disappointed to learn that nurses would be appointed in urban areas."



Bollywood singer KK captivates audience
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 11
Noted Bollywood singer Krishnakumar Kunnath, popularly known as KK, entertained the audience at Sutlej Club yesterday evening. Senior government officials, including Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal, ADC Isha Kalia and Rahul Tewari, special principal secretary to the Punjab Deputy Chief Minister, were seen enjoying the performance.

KK sang many of his popular hits including "Khuda Jaane Ke Main Fida Hoon", "Hai Junoon", "Dil Ibaadat Kar Raha Hai". The audience sang along and danced, as KK performed for around three hours.

Shikha, a resident, said she had become a bigger fan of the singer after seeing his power-packed and energetic performance. "It was a truly exhilarating experience," she said.

Another resident dancing to the tune of the songs said he was surprised to find that KK was the voice behind many of his favourite songs.

"I had listened to his albums such as Pal and Humsafar, but did not know he had sung so many Bollywood hits," he said.



Stray animals unleash terror
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 11
Move around on city roads and you will be confronted with stray animals sitting right in the middle of the stretches. Commuters escaping unhurt consider themselves lucky. A number of people have lost their lives in accidents involving stray animals. Many have been crippled for life.

Stray animals, including cows, buffaloes and dogs, move freely on the roads and lead to fatal accidents and traffic jams. As dog bite cases are on the rise, pedestrians and two-wheeler riders tread cautiously. But the Administration has not done anything to solve the problem. Officials have been claiming that the menace would be checked, but nothing concrete has been done as the population of stray animals continues to increase and the cases of dog bite and accident due to stray cattle have witnessed an upward trend. "It is difficult to find a street sans stray dogs in the evening. The dogs attack walkers and chase vehicles," said Anita Walia. "Steps need to be taken to resolve the problem," she said.



BJP leaders ‘attacked’
Our Correspondent

Khanna/Payal May 11
BJP district rural president, Ludhiana, Bikramjit Singh Cheema had a narrow escape when he along with another BJP leader was allegedly attacked by two persons near Ghudani Khurd village previous night at about 8.45 pm. The Payal police have registered a case against the two unidentified persons.

As per Cheema’s statement to the police, he along with Devi Parsad was travelling to Payal after a meeting of party workers at Ghudani Kalan village. When they reached near Ghudani Khurd village, two motorcycle-borne youths signaled them to stop their car, stated Cheema. When they slowed down their vehicle, one of the youths took out a revolver and shot at them. The bullet, however, hit the vehicle, he told the police.

SHO, Payal, Jagdev Singh said the attackers escaped towards Rara Sahib. DIG, Ludhiana, Kunwar Vujay Partap Singh said the police was probing the case.

Cheema said he had no personal enmity with anyone.



No let-up in haphazard parking across city

The ever-increasing number of vehicles, along with rapidly expanding infrastructure, has led to parking problems across the city. From hospitals to shopping malls, from markets to other business hubs, the problem persists everywhere. Paying no heed to inconvenience caused to others, people often park their vehicles haphazardly. The lack of civic sense is the root cause of rising number of traffic jams and accidents. Haphazard parking leaves little space for pedestrians and also leads to the loss of precious time of commuters. Depite several initiatives of the traffic police to spread awareness on the issue, motorists keep parking their vehicles on service lanes and in no-parking zones. In order to get respite from the menace, the city requires more coherent strategy. Also, people who are reluctant to walk over short distances and insist on parking their vehicles in front of shops must change their attitude.

Ravi Chander Garg, Ludhiana

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Physically challenged persons
Trust to impart hosiery training
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 11
The Bharat Vikas Parishad Charitable Trust organised its annual general body meeting at Viklang Sahayata and Punarvas Kendra in Rishi Nagar. Trust president Suraj Jyoti spoke at length about work being done under the Sewa and Sanskar projects.

Secretary Narinder Mittal informed the gathering that as many as 1,051 artificial lower limbs, 137 upper limbs, 140 tricycle and wheelchairs, 685 calipers and 447 hearing aids were given to the physically challenged persons free-of-cost.

He said soon a hosiery training–cum–rehabilitation centre would be set up with the help of the National Small Industries Corporation. Ajay Dutta, national additional secretary of Zones I, II and III, in his presidential address motivated the members to expand and improve the facilities.

Since 1996, the trust has porivded artificial limbs to 40,216 persons. As many as 223 physically challenged persons were rehabilitated during the same period.



Dogs devour newborn
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 11
An abandoned baby girl was devoured by stray dogs at Giaspura today. SHO of the Focal Point area Gurmit Singh said a case had been registered. Singh said a passerby shooed away the dogs and immediately informed the police about it. The police took the body into their custody and sent it to the Civil Hospital for autopsy. Officials are trying to get the details of newborns from nearby hospitals and nursing homes.

Drug peddler held

The police have arrested Balbir Kumar, alias Billu, a resident of EWS Colony, and recovered 250 grams of drug powder from him. A case under Sections 307, 323, 506, 34 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against the accused, who is a proclaimed offender. Seven other cases of liquor smuggling and brawls have also been registered against Billu at several police stations. Salim, Billu's accomplice, was also arrested with 130 grams of drug powder. The accused are on police remand.



Police stop bullock cart race at Humayunpur
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 11
The police today stopped a bullock cart race at Humayunpur village on Dugri Dhandra Road today. On getting the information about the race, the Animal Welfare Board of India member Dr Sandeep Kumar Jain intimated the police control room besides the Police Commissioner.

Dr Jain, who is also the president of the People For Animals (PFA), Ludhiana, said, "Bullock cart races have been banned by the Supreme Court. I passed on a copy of the orders to the police."

He said the SHO concerned told him that he went to the village and met the panches, who agreed to stop the race. Dr Jain said, earlier too, the PFA had intervened to stop the race in 2000, while the Animal Welfare Board of India did the job in 2012.



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