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Day after, counting centres stink
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
Though the District Administration has initiated a campaign to remove posters and other election material from the walls of the city soon after the elections, it seems to have forgotten to get the heaps of garbage removed from counting centres established on the Punjab Agricultural University campus.

All the counting centres on the PAU campus present an ugly look. Heaps of packaged food boxes, stationary waste, disposable plates, glasses and food waste can be seen inside and around the counting centres.

The CRPF personnel, who have been deployed at the centres, were forced to sleep amidst the garbage. They said they were left with no option but to sleep on the ground after cleaning it. Today also they were seen cleaning the counting centre established at Gymnasium Hall.

“We don’t know who will clean the hall and to whom to complaint. It is disgusting to sleep amidst the heaps of garbage. The food waste was stinking, so we decided to clean the hall,” said a jawan.

Earlier, the Aam Adami Party workers had cleaned the venue for Narendra Modi’s rally at Jagraon after the rally. But these volunteers did not come forward to clean the counting centres even a day after the results were declared.

The AAP candidate from the Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat, HS Phoolka, said: "Though we did not litter the centres, we will get them cleaned with the help of our volunteers."


We have written to the PAU authorities as well as the Municipal Commissioner to get the counting centres cleaned. I think the PAU has sufficient staff but if they need help, then we can arrange manpower. Conducting elections is the duty of every department. However, if the CRPF personnel had to broom the hall, then it is shameful because they were deputed for an important job. I will take up the matter with the authorities concerned. Rajat Aggarwal, DC


City schools fare well in ISC Class XII examination
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
Students of Sat Paul Mittal School and Sacred Heart Higher Secondary Convent School, Jamalpur, have fared well in the Indian School Certificate Examination (class XII) declared here today. There are only two schools in the city, which are affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE). In the humanities stream, Namit Anand of Sat Paul Mittal School has topped the city with 86% marks while Aayushi from the same school has secured the 2nd position with 83.9% marks. Dolly Seth of the same school has secured the 3rd position with 83.5% marks.

In the commerce stream, Akshay Jain and Amandeep Kaur have topped the city with 92.3% marks. Ishan Dureja of Sacred Heart Higher Secondary Convent School has stood second by scoring 92%. Rishab of Sat Paul Mittal School bagged the third position with 90%.3 marks.

In the medical stream, Raisin Saini of Sat Paul Mittal School has secured the 1st position in the city with 92.25% marks and Ankita Thapar of Satpal Mittal School 2nd position with 89.3%. Harleen Waraich of Sacred Heart Higher Secondary Convent School has stood third in the city with 89.2% marks.

In the non-medical stream, students of Sat Paul Mittal School have topped the list with Ridhima Karwa securing the Ist position with 96.25% marks, Megha Singhania 2nd position with 91.5% marks and Tushar Rawat bagging the 3rd position with 91.3% marks.

The students had to wait for two hours to download the results due to the loaded server. According to the school managements, the results are comparatively better than the previous years.

Lt-Col DB Sharma, Director, Sat Paul Mittal School, congratulated the students, parents and the staff for this outstanding performance. He said: "This great achievement is the victory of the firm belief of the parents in this great temple of learning and the firm commitment of the teachers who left no stone unturned to bring out the best in each child, with exemplary zeal and dedication".

Ida Paul, DM, Principal Sacred Heart Higher Secondary Convent School, appreciated the achievements of all students.



‘Guilt’ forces woman to end life
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
Kuldeep Kaur (52) reportedly committed suicide by setting herself ablaze at her house in Model Town late last night. The incident came to light when a domestic help found her charred body in her room in the morning.

The woman stayed alone on the first floor while her son and daughter-in-law lived on the ground floor of the house. Last night, the woman went to sleep at around 10 pm. When the domestic help came in the morning, the deceased's daughter-in-law asked her to clean her mother-in-law's room first. The domestic help returned and told her daughter-in-law that Kuldeep Kaur was not opening the door. Her daughter-in-law called up her husband, who had left for work.

Kuldeep Kaur’s son rushed back home and found the door of her mother's room bolted from inside. He called up his father Satpal, who stays at an old age home in Doraha. The father-son duo fetched a carpenter.

When the door was opened with much effort, they found the charred body of Kuldeep Kaur lying on the floor and an empty bottle of kerosene and a matchbox nearby.

Gurdev Singh, Model Town SHO, said the woman might have committed suicide late at night. As all the doors and windows of the room were shut, none came to know about the incident. "Had she set herself ablaze on the bed, there could have been a fire. But she remained on the floor and the other things in room did not catch fire.

Woman tried to kill her husband

Kuldeep Kaur started living in her Model Town residence in April and before that she had stayed with her sister. She was sent to jail following an FIR was registered against her and her servant in August 2012 for an attempt to "kill" her husband Satpal. She was released on bail in December 2013 and she went to her sister's place to live.

In April 2014, she contacted her husband to allow her to come back home. Satpal provided her a room on the first floor of the house while he himself shifted to Vridh Ashram, Doraha. Even during her imprisonment, she tried to commit suicide and another FIR was lodged against her. "It was perhaps the guilt which forced her to end her life," said the SHO.



Rs 13 lakh stolen from shop
It is yards away from police station
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
Rs 13 lakh was stolen from Maan Singh/Bhagwan Singh medical store on Pindi Street last night. A case under sections 457 and 380 of the IPC has been registered against unidentified persons on a complaint filed by Manjit Singh, a resident of the College Road area. According to the complainant, he closed the shop in routine last night at around 8 pm. Today, at around 8:30 am, he got a call from his friend that the shutter of the shop was opened. He rushed to the shop and found the shutter was broken. The safe kept at the shop was broken and Rs 13 lakh missing. He lodged a complaint with the Division Number 1 police.

The shop is a few metres away from the police station and the area remains abuzz with activity not just during daytime but also at night. It is the interior part of the city where residents roam around till late in the evening. Besides, the PCRs keep on patrolling the area.

One of the shopkeepers, Santokh Singh, said the theft had put a question mark over the efficiency of the police as the police station is a few yards away from the shop where the thieves struck last night. “The thieves must have taken time to break the shutter but none noticed them? We need to be very cautious now as anything can happen to us too,” said Singh.



Simarjit Bains may float own party
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
A day after the General Election results were declared, MLA Simarjit Singh Bains, who contested as an independent candidate from the Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat, said he would take a call on forming his political party after holding a meeting with his supporters. He will not join any party as he doesn't want to join the traditional politics which is mired in corruption, he said.

He said voters of Ludhiana had reposed confidence in him and he trusted in the people of Ludhiana. Garnering more than two lakh votes is unprecedented for an independent candidate in Ludhiana, he said. He got these votes even though he was not able to visit two constituencies during his election campaign. His Assembly constituencies have stood by him, he said.

He said the Shiromani Akali Dal was witnessing a downfall, as the party had been able to win only six seats that too only because of the Modi wave. He said Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who won by 1.25 lakh votes in 2009, had barely won this time.

Alleging that the ruling government had been making it difficult for him to function, he said he had been working under this constraint for the past 14 years. It is his grit and passion to work in service of the people that has seen him through all these years. "Irrespective of people who have voted for or against him, or have at times spoken against him, he is working for the betterment of Ludhiana and its residents," he said.



Surprise check at 3 schools
DEO recommends strict action against negligent teachers, authorities
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
A team of the Education Department led by the District Education Officer today conducted surprise checking at three government schools in the city. While two teachers were found absent at Government Elementary School, Bhattian, a teacher came late to the school in the morning.

Though teachers at Government High School, Jamalpur, were present on the premises, they were found not taking their classes. The team also found students sitting on the floor at the school.

District Education Officer (DEO) Dr Charanjit Singh said the team also visited Government Senior Secondary School, Dakha, where everything was found in order.

The officials expressed dissatisfaction with the hygiene at the Jamalpur school.

“Taps were running unnecessarily, things were scattered here and there and students were sitting on a dirty floor,” said Dr Singh.

Also, joints of electrical wires were found uncovered, posing threat to students, he said.

“The school has enough mats, but these were not issued to the students, who were forced to sit on the floor,” said the DEO.

The official took a serious note of the school’s failure to get uniforms stiched for the sheduled caste and backward classes students. The cloth for the purpose was issued to the school two years ago. Dr Charanjit Singh said the team has recommended a strict action against the negligent teachers and schools.

“We have sent a report to the Director General School Education, who will take the action as per the rules,” he said.

Government High School, Jamalpur

  • Teachers present but not taking classes
  • Taps running unnecessarily wasting potable water
  • Lack of hygiene
  • Children sitting on dirty floor despite mats made available to school
  • Uncovered power cable joints hanging loose
  • Uniforms not stitched for SC/BC students despite cloth issued two years ago

Government Elementary School, Bhattian

  • Two teachers found absent
  • One teacher came late to school

Government Senior Secondary School, Dakha

  • Everything found in order



Poll results dash hopes of residents
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 17
The election results have disappointed residents of the town and surrounding localities. SAD-BJP nominee Kulwant Singh, who had promised to construct a railway overbridge on the Ludhiana-Dhuri line, has lost the elections.

Amargarh legislator Iqbal Singh Jhoondan, who had sought votes for the party candidate, said he along with other senior leaders of the SAD-BJP combine would appeal to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to impress upon the authorities to either construct an underbridge or overbridge at the level-crossing in Pohir Road or Jagera Road.

The residents have been urging leaders of various parties to get the demand accepted so that traffic on Pohir and Jagera roads could be regulated.

Office-bearers and activists of certain social and trade organisations had extended support to Kulwant Singh, who had assured them of fulfilling their demand.

Contrary to expectations of residents, Kulwant Singh lost to AAP nominee Harinder Singh Khalsa. The railway authorities have been ignoring the demand. Having lost hope to see their dream come true, the residents had also initiated organisational measures to get the bridge constructed. Frequent and undue closure of level-crossings at Pohir and Jagera roads result in traffic jams.

The residents lamented that the staff left the station after closing the level-crossings. They said there have been frequent scuffles with the railway employees, manning the level-crossings. Repeated pleas have fallen on deaf ears.

Owners of shops and workshops, located at Pohir and Jagera roads, said their business was being affected adversely due to the closures. They said customers had stopped coming to their shops. Social activists had earlier given a representation to the then Divisional Commissioner of Patiala SR Ladhar to coordinate with officials and expedite the process, but nothing has been done.

Earlier, former MP Sukhdev Singh Libra had promised to get the demand accepted during his tenure in the UPA government. However the Railway Ministry, which allegedly took more than a year to respond to letters written by Libra, had allegedly turned down the demand for constructing a railway overbridge at the level-crossing B 25 on the Ludhiana-Dhuri line.



Classical music alien to city
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
The Ludhiana chapter of SPICMACAY (Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Among Youth) has been organising cultural programmes in Ludhiana for the past 10 years. Founded in Delhi by Dr Kiran Seth 36 years ago, the organisation has been promoting Indian classical music and dance throughout the country and abroad.

Exponents of classical music and dance associated with the organisation have been performing for the past 35 years throughout the country and abroad, a resident said.

Ranjodh Singh, chairman, Ludhiana chapter of SPICMACAY, said 15-20 programmes were organised in the city in a year. "SPICMACAY organises 1,200 such programmes throughout the country," he said. "Schools here don't show as much enthusiasm for organisation such programmes," Singh said. "If more schools come forward, programmes can be organised in the city," said Singh.

"It is unfortunate that some of the noted schools don't respond favourably for organising such programmes in their schools. Sometimes they make excuses of lack of budget," said Atul Talwar, secretary, SPICMACAY, Ludhiana chapter. "We will organise an orientation session for school managements as well to make them realise the importance of the movement for making the youth aware of our rich culture and music," he said. "It is unfortunate that the children are unable to see the performances of the legends of classical music and dance just because of the shortsightedness of the school managements," he said. He said as the government schools lacked infrastructure for such programmes, SPICMACAY members encouraged the organising schools to ensure that students of nearby government schools attend the programmes.



Sutlej Club elections today
14 candidates to vie for seven posts
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
The election to the honorary posts of Sutlej Club will be conducted tomorrow. After the hubbub of the Lok Sabha elections, candidates are left with little time to campaign and throw parties to canvass. Talking about the reason for holding the elections just a day after the Lok Sabha Elections, Deputy Commissioner and president of Sutlej Club Rajat Aggarwal said the club elections had already been delayed, so they had decided to conduct the poll tomorrow. "Sunday being a holiday allows maximum members to visit and cast their vote," he said.

He said the schedule had been kept shorter to preclude the model code of conduct violations by the candidates. It has been seen that during the earlier elections the candidates and their relatives tried to woo voters. But this time, relatives of the candidates would not be allowed to canvass within 200 metres radius of the polling booth.

Returning officer Prem Chand said the relatives and members had been refrained from campaigning. The candidates will not be allowed to set up tents near the main gate, this time. "They have been asked to set up tents on a road farther from the swimming pool area," he added.

Fourteen candidates are in the fray for seven posts. Gurinderjit Singh Ladi and Sanjiv Dhanda are contesting for the post of vice-president. Jatinder Marwah and Parichay Sood are in the fray for the post of joint secretary. Sanjay Aggarwal and Tribhuvan Singh Thapar are contesting for the post of finance secretary while Gurinder Singh Kairon and Sanjiv Sood are in the fray for the post of mess secretary. For the post of Bar secretary, Rakesh Kapoor, Vivek Sharma and Navtej Singh are contesting while the fight for the posts of executive member is between Monika Mittal, Rajesh Kakkar and Madanlal Singhania. Four candidates Rohit Dutta (general secretary), Ruchi Bawa (cultural secretary), Jasdeep Singh Nalwa (sports secretary) and Monika Aggarwal (executive member) have won the elections unopposed.



Autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation
Early intervention is the only cure
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
"Early intervention for special children can make a world of difference to their lives," said experts from the National Trust during a workshop for trainers of special children. Poonam Natarajan, chairperson, National Trust, said first couple of years of a child's life were crucial and there were developmental milestones that the child should start achieving at the right age.

She said if there was a delay in a child achieving these, it might indicate a medical condition like autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation or multiple disabilities. "So early intervention can go a long way in reducing the disabilities," she said, adding that there was no medical cure for such neurological disabilities. A 15-day Trans-Disciplinary Training Programme was held by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment at Ashirwad for creating a network of trans-disciplinary workers. Natarajan said such children could be readied for school through early intervention. "This helps them go to college and get jobs or become micro entrepreneurs. Special children perform well in academics. Some of them even become lawyers," she said.

Physiotherapist, speech therapist, occupational therapist and special educators have been working independently, but the workshop has been conducted for teachers to help them develop children holistically.

Resource persons of the National Trust Anuradha Naidu and Vimala Srinivasan from Chennai and Madhumati Bose from Delhi trained persons during the workshop. Poonam Natarajan, chairman, National Trust, said developmental milestones, including turning, crawling, sitting, walking, cognition, motor function, speech, vision and physical development, should be achieved on time. "Social smile is the first sign of intelligence in a child when a child looks at the mother and smiles," she added.

If a child doesn't follow these, he or she must be helped in achieving this. For example, if children are not able to achieve head control, they must be made to look at a toy held high to help them gain better head control.



Dispensary pops a pill of neglect
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
The homoeopathic dispensary at the Civil Hospital is ill-equipped. Patients and some associations lend a helping hand to the dispensary staff to keep them going. Sometimes, the staff have to bear the expenses. The dispensary run by the homoeopathic department of the Punjab Government has been in a state of neglect for the past many years. It lacks equipment and medicines.

It was in September 2013 last that it received its quota of globules 30 while it has not got its share of vials for more than a year.

"We use globules 30 to prepare homoeopathic medicines. It was last received in September 2013. We have not received the one-and-half-dram vials (small glass vessel or bottle for storing medicines) for more than a year. We have already written to the department. Since we do not want the patients to return empty-handed, we sometimes pay from our own pockets to buy necessary material and sometimes it is the patients who lend a helping hand to the ailing homoeopathic dispensary," added Dr Dharamjeet Singh Sodhi, Homoeopathic Medical Officer of the dispensary, Civil Hospital.

A patient at the dispensary said she always opted for homoeopathic medicines since it did not have any side-effects. "My only complaint is that sometimes we have to make rounds of the dispensary to take medicines as the staff complain of shortage of medicines. I have to wait for couple of days to get the medicines," she added.



Ludhiana scan
Cong workers fete Bittu's win

Congress workers celebrated the victory of party candidate Ravneet Singh Bittu in the Lok Sabha Elections. Former minister Malkit Singh Dakha said by voting for Bittu, people of Ludhiana have paid a tribute to former Chief Minister Beant Singh.

HS Phoolka thanks voters

Aam Aadmi Party nominee HS Phoolka on Saturday visited Jagraon to thank voters for the overwhelming support. He congratulated party volunteers for their dedication and hard work. The advocate also went to Chaura Bazaar to thank the voters who supported him.

CME on retinal diseases today

The Department of Ophthalmology, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, is conducting first-of-its-kind continuing medical education (CME) session for creating awareness on retinal diseases. The CME will be attended by general ophthalmologists of the region at Dumra Auditorium on May 18. Organising chairman Dr GS Bajwa top retinal surgeons of the country have been invited for the CME: Dr Mahesh Shanmugan from Bengaluru, Dr Preetam Singh from Amritsar, Dr Ramandeep Singh from the PGI, Chandigarh, and Dr Sangeet Mittal from Jalandhar. Organising secretary Dr Sumeet Chopra said retina diseases were on the rise due to an increase in the cases of diabetes mellitus and macular degeneration. — TNS



Skill development scheme for youth

Ludhiana, May 17
The Chamber of Industrial & Commercial Undertakings (CICU) has launched the Skill Development Initiative Scheme (SDIS) at the head office on Gill Road. Under the scheme, the industry will get skilled workers. This way, employment will be generated. The youth will get jobs and stay away from drugs and other evils.

The CICU will impart training to the unemployed/underemployed youth. The skilled workforce will improve the productivity as well as ability to get accustomed to the changing industrial environment to face global competition. General secretary of the CICU Upkar Singh Ahuja said they had opened two centres offering IT and engineering courses. Special arrangements have been made to impart training to the elderly.

The courses offered are basic engineering measurements and calibration, basic and advanced AutoCAD, basic and advanced computer/ IT courses, basic and advanced accounts, banking courses, computer networking, telecom sale and retail sector management. These are short terms (one-three months) courses to meet the demands of various target groups of the industry under the guidance of qualified and experienced faculty. — TNS



A melange of colours
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
Fashionable clothes were exhibited at the seventh national buyer-seller meet “Knits and Wears” today. Most of the hosiery manufacturers agreed that the winter fashion season was going to be dedicated to colour. “This time it is all colour. Although neons have been in vogue, this season, bright colours are in,” said Ashok Jain from Oner. Japneet Singh from Juele concurred that bright colours were going to be very popular this winter season. Varinder Kumar from Sunayna said most of the manufacturers had created their latest collections on the theme of colours. "Jacquards are also very popular this time," he said.

Jain said florals were going to be popular, this season. "Florals in woollens, jackets and other dresses are going to be popular," he added. "Sweater-dresses" and woollen kurtis with blends of fabrics are in vogue. "Laces and nets going to rule this season," Jain said. He added that nets had also been added to sweat shirts. "Soft woollen fabrics are much more preferred these days," he said.



Need for attaching more coaches to long-route trains

Overcrowded general class coaches in long-route trains to various destinations are a source of inconvenience to passengers boarding trains from the Ludhiana railway station. Not only are the passengers are deprived of basic amenities they deserve, they also have to bear with cramped spaces. Some opt to leave the compartment and spend their time on the footboard, not knowing that as per the Section 156 of The Railway Act, 1989, travelling on roof, steps or footboard of any carriage or on an engine, or in any other part of a train not intended for the use of passengers, is punishable.

The jail term may extend up to three months, or the defaulters may be fined up to Rs 500, or both. Also, by hanging from doors and windows, the passengers, especially migrants who are ignorant about rules, put their lives at risk. To address the issue, the state government must press the Centre to increase the number of coaches.

Ravi Ludhiana



Buyer-seller meet
Hosiery products on display
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
The seventh national buyer-seller meet “Knits and Wears 2014" commenced today. Office-bearers of the Knitwear and Apparel Manufacturers Association, Ludhiana (KAMAL), stated that more than 2,000 traders would turn up for the meet.

More than 250 hosiery units put up stalls displaying winter collection at Harsheela and Whistling Wuds Resorts, Ferozpur Road. A good turnout was witnessed on the first day. Narinder Miglani, general secretary, Knitwear and Apparel Manufacturers Association, Ludhiana, stated that they wanted to organise the meet in the first week of May, but due to the elections, the event was delayed.

The association has been organising the meet since 2008. Narinder Sudarshan Jain, president, KAMAL, said, “Such events boost the hosiery industry.



Rape of minor girl
Youth booked
His family, too, in police net
Our Correspondent

Samrala, May 17
The Samrala police have booked a youth for raping a 17-year-old girl. The youth’s family, too, has landed in the police net. The victim, a resident of Saloudi village, is a Class XII student at a government school. She told the police that the youth, also suspected to be a minor, promised to marry her.

Station house officer, Samrala, Pawanjit said the youth’s age was being verified, as he, too, seemed to be a minor.

The girl accused the youth of raping her repeatedly for a month. Later, the youth and his family allegedly threatened her of dire consequences if she complained about him.

Finding courage, she narrated the incident to her mother, who took her to the police station. The police registered a case under Sections 366-A, 376, 506 and 120-B of the IPC besides under sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.

Station house officer, Samrala, Pawanjit said the youth’s age was being verified, as he too seemed to be a minor.

He said the youth’s uncle had been arrested, while the role of his mother and aunt, also named in the FIR, was being looked into.

“The decision on arresting the youth will be taken after ascertaining his age,” said the police.



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