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One killed, 3 hurt as bus rams into railing
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 25
A Haryana resident died while three others suffered injuries, one critically, when an overspeeding private bus lost control and went on to hit a railing at the elevated road near BL Kapur Hospital today.
Blood splattered on the engine cover of the bus
Blood splattered on the engine cover of the bus

Thirty-six passengers escaped unhurt. Om Parkash, SHO, Daresi police station, said the injured were rushed to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMC&H).

"The deceased was identified as Shagun, a resident of Fatehabad, Haryana, while the condition of Mukesh from Ratiya is stated to be critical. Two brothers Amandeep and Sandeep from Fatehabad, Haryana, are undergoing treatment," said the SHO.

"We do not know the names and details of the other passengers who were hurt in the accident. Some of the them left for their respective destinations. Police officials drove the bus to the police station. We will register a case against the bus driver and the conductor. The duo have not yet arrived at the police station. Action will be taken against the two," the SHO stated.

The incident took place around 4.30 pm when the private bus heading from Jalandhar to Patiala was passing the elevated road.

While taking a turn from BL Kapur Hospital, the bus collided with the railing. The impact of the collision was such that the safety grills installed on the side of the road fell off.

The windshield of the bus was also broken. Those, who were injured, were sitting next to the driver. They were rescued by commuters and fellow passengers.

A number of accidents have taken place on the curve at the elevated road near BL Kapur Hospital in the past. Recently, the administration and social activists installed safety grills on the road to avoid accidents. Prima facie it appears that the bus skid off the road and hit the divider while taking a turn.


Better Ludhiana: road or deathtrap?
Killer buses keep snuffing out lives
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 25
Accidents involving passenger buses have accounted for three deaths in past one week. With most bus services being run by politicians or their henchmen, the traffic police and the transport department, allegedly, fail to take any action against the drivers.
An overloaded bus moves on a city road
An overloaded bus moves on a city road

The police apathy can be gauged from the fact that it has been more than a week since a bus belonging to a company owned by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, allegedly, mowed down the son of a senior jail official, but the police have failed to trace the driver or the company despite having the registration number of the bus.

Drivers break law with impunity

Talking on mobile phones, overtaking vehicles recklessly and creating nuisance for commuters by using pressure horns, the drivers do not care two hoots about traffic rules.

If passengers complain about overloading, they have to face the ire of the driver and the conductor.

Most bus conductors are not only rude, but also keep hurling abuses, giving scant regard to the fact that women and children, too, are travelling on the bus.

On the road from Mohali to Ludhiana, policemen can be seen standing near light points at Kharar, Khamano, Samrala and Kohara, unmindful of incessant honking by bus drivers. Passengers, too, have to put up with the cacophony of these horns.

In 2012, the then DIG (Ludhiana Range), MF Farooqui, had taken strict action against bus drivers using pressure horns. It was observed that besides causing noise pollution, pressure horns were causing fatal accidents. It has been two years since that drive and things remain unchanged, with buses snuffing out many lives.

Bikers, cyclists, pedestrians remain prime victims

Six motorcyclists have lost their life in separate accidents in past one week, raising concern on safety of two-wheeler riders as well as cyclists.

Navdeep Asija, technical adviser to the Safe Transport Society, Punjab government, said while the Chief Minister was distributing 1.52 lakh bicycles to girl students in villages annually, there was no separate lane for non-motorised vehicles.

“The authorities are blindly following the Western pattern while developing infrastructure. They haven't taken into account the fact that two-wheelers comprise 75 per cent of the total vehicular strength in the city, unlike the West. The situation is worse on Gill Road and the roads surrounding the city. These roads are designed for four-wheelers, with no provision made for safe passage of cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians," said Asija.

Speed governors not made mandatory

It has been nearly six years since Kamaljit Soi, vice-chairman of the Punjab Road Safety Council, urged the authorities to make it mandatory for buses and trucks to install speed governors in order to curtail speeding. His repeated requests, however, fell on deaf ears.

"Many people lose their lives in road accidents, most of which involve passenger buses. Our repeated requests for installing speed governors in buses have gone unheard. Two-wheeler riders are the most vulnerable as they don't have much protection. Nearly 50 per cent of the fatalities in road accidents comprise two-wheeler riders,” said Soi.

Cut-throat competition leads to accidents

The competition between various private and state-run buses leads to rash driving, ending in fatal accidents in many cases. Mini-Bus Operators’ Association president Jaswinder Singh Grewal blamed the authorities for creating this “mess”. He said bus drivers were under pressure to meet deadlines. “Drivers have to follow the timetable. If a driver fails to reach the bus stand on time, he cannot ferry passengers. The buses owned by politicians or their henchmen have been given the ‘prime time slot’ at bus stands across the state, leading to cut-throat competition among bus operators,” said Grewal. A recently conducted medical check-up of 150 bus drivers revealed that most of them suffered from stress or other related disorders. A huge number of drivers were also suffering from poor visibility.



City Bus Service a parasite on MC
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 25
The City Bus Service is costing the cash-starved Municipal Corporation Rs 2 lakh every day.

Although the operation and maintenance of buses are being taken care of by a private company, the civic body is shelling out Rs 38.90 per kilometre.

The MC is also spending Rs 8 per kilometre on hiring staff and conductors.

Till the time, the MC was running the show, it generated more than Rs 4.5 crore in a year, but when the services were outsourced, the MC started suffering losses.

An official said the project was inaugurated by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal on December 17, 2011, at a cost of Rs 65 crore. A major chunk was given by the Government of India (50 per cent) while the Government of Punjab provided 20 per cent of the share and the MC was asked to pay the remaining 30 per cent. It is yet to pay Rs 11 crore. "After nine years, the buses will be handed over to the company, which is quite strange," said the official.

Sources said the MC spent Rs 2.5-Rs 3 lakh every day to run the buses whereas it earned Rs 1.70 lakh per day.

"If the buses are to be handed over to the private company, why is the MC suffering losses in terms of revenue," said the official.

The government had asked the City Bus Service Committee to take the call, but it did nothing to tide over the financial crisis.

Matter in the court

More buses cannot ply on roads as the Transport Department is not registering vehicles. The matter is pending in the High Court.

75 buses on road

At present, 75 buses are plying on city roads. As per the project, there should have been 200 buses. As many as 32,000 residents travel by the buses every day. The routes which are in profit include Green City to Metro via the bus stand, Bharat Nagar, Railway Station and Clock Tower. The less busy routes are Chandigarh Road, Ferozepur Road and Haibowal.

MC chief speaks

MC Commissioner Shruti Singh said the City Bus Service was suffering losses. By adding more buses to the fleet, the problem could be solved.



The broom only swept expectations of voters: Ayali
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 25
Voters from the rural segments of the Ludhiana Lok Sabha constituency are repenting for having voted for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) legislator Manpreet Singh Ayali, who trailed behind both the Congress and the AAP in the Lok Sabha elections, said this while talking to The Tribune today.

The AAP wave may have swept Punjab, but it i?s a temporary phase. "The wave is already waning," claimed Ayali.

“The people (who voted for the AAP) were now realising their mistake,” he added.

Ayali admitted that the Akali Dal vote share had shrivelled in all three rural Assembly constituencies in Ludhiana, including Dakha.

The AAP is on number one position in the rural Assembly segments. In the Dakha Assembly constituency, the AAP secured 46,518 votes, followed by the SAD that got 40,736 votes. In Jagraon, the AAP secured 62,359 votes while the Akali Dal got 26,303 votes. In the Gill Assembly segment, the Akali Dal has been relegated to the third position.

Claiming that the votes garnered by the AAP do not reflect any change in the political dynamics, Ayali said the SAD leaders and workers in Ludhiana would work harder to reach out to the people. “We will perform better (in poll) in future," he added.

Vote politics

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) legislator Manpreet Singh Ayali said the votes garnered by the AAP did not reflect any change in the political dynamics



Multi-storeyed parking lot to be auctioned today
Admn to try its fortune
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 25
The multi-storeyed parking complex at Mini-Secretariat will be auctioned tomorrow.

Bhupinder Singh, Assistant Commissioner (General), said: "Bids were invited last week. Six bidders had come forward, but they were not ready to shell out more than Rs 64 lakh (the reserve price of the parking lot)."

He said the contract of the contractor concerned had expired on March 31 and that there was nobody to look after the multi-storeyed parking complex.

"We could not auction the complex earlier as the election code was in force. If we do not receive a good response tomorrow, we will seek help from officials of the district administration to run the parking lot."

Ajay Sood, SDM (East), Ludhiana, said, "A few days ago, Deputy Commissioner DC Rajat Aggarwal had proposed to run the parking lot with the help of the officials of the administration. If the plan materialises, we will depute our staff at the parking lot and install an automatic boom barrier. This will sort out issues related to parking fee."

Visitors have always expressed disgust at exorbitant parking charges. For two-wheelers, a person has to shell out Rs 10 while for four-wheelers, the fee is Rs 20, irrespective of the time for which a vehicle is parked.

Due to a poor response last week, fresh orders rescheduling the auction were issued.



Woman ends life
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 25
A 30-year-old woman committed suicide by jumping from the roof of her brother's house at Dugri village. The deceased was identified as Meenu. She is survived by her two children.

Following a dispute, she had parted ways with her husband. She asked for sleeping pills, but when her brother refused to give her the same, she jumped off the roof. She was rushed to the hospital where she was declared brought dead.

3 youths attack trader, take away SUV

In a carjacking incident, three armed youths travelling on a motorcycle assaulted a businessman and fled with his sports utility vehicle (SUV) on Friday night.

Narrating the incident, Saurav Sehgal, a resident of Sector 32, said he visited the fuel station located at Chandigarh Road for refilling fuel in his Renault Duster (SUV) on the night of May 23.

While he was giving money to an employee at the fuel station, three persons came and pulled him out of the vehicle. One of them drove away the vehicle. The other two fled on the motorcycle. A case has been registered.

Woman booked

A week after an elderly woman was robbed of her gold jewellery, the police registered a case of snatching against a woman yesterday. Kamlesh Gupta, a resident of Housing Board Colony, told the police that on May 19, a woman entered her house and overpowered her.

The woman fled after snatching Kamlesh's earrings, a ring and a chain.

3 booked for fraud

The police has booked three persons for buying a new sports utility vehicle (SUV) by exchanging a stolen SUV.

The accused have been identified as Paramjit Singh, Amarjit Sharma and Jagtar Singh of Bernala.

The case has been registered on the complaint of Indermohan Singh, an official of Dada Motors located near Dholewal Chowk.

Gurmeet Singh, SHO, Focal Point, said the the trio had prepared fake documents to purchase the new SUV. Indemohan Singh stated that the accused had transferred a Tata Safari (PB-30-D- 1055) in the name of one Darshan Singh from the District Transport Office (DTO) in Moga.



rule violations
Traffic police adopt novel ways
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 25
Besides continuing routine action against violators of traffic rules, the local police have adopted the ‘Gandhian’ way to discourage the violators.

While habitual offenders are dealt with strictness in usual method, those violating rules mistakenly are swayed to mend their ways through novel methods.

Youngsters and students are made to stop use of vehicles for a fixed period of time; elderly persons are confounded by pasting caution stickers on their vehicles.

Appreciating the initiative taken by the administration, office-bearers of organisations led by president of Rotary Club Pardeep Sethi, Dr Rajinder Mittal, chairman Social Welfare Organisation and Inderpal Singh Walia president, Lions Club, have declared to coordinate with the movement launched to educate masses about causes and consequences of traffic violation.

DSP Gurmit Singh said the city police had launched a movement to regulate traffic through new methods. He said "Instead of waiting for motorists to commit serious violations and then punish them, beat in-charges have started motivating people to abide by traffic rules."

Responding to appeal of the police, shopkeepers of various markets have decided not to park their vehicles in front of their shops and persuade their customers to parks their vehicles outside the markets.

Principal of MGMN School Pardeep Sharda said he had directed in-charges of various classes to ensure that no student drives vehicles without a valid license.



DC extends ban on hookah bars
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 25
Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal has extended the ban on hookah bars under Section 144 of the CrPC.

He said restaurants cannot offer hookahs to visitors. The orders are to be followed by all commercial establishments falling under the municipal corporation, municipal councils and villages in Ludhiana district.

The DC said any person found violating the orders would be punished under Section 188 of the IPC. The order would remain in force as prescribed under the CrPC, he said.

Aggarwal said the Ludhiana Civil Surgeon had apprised him of the fact that a number of hookah bars were operational in the district. He said these bars were serving tobacco molasses, containing nicotine, which was highly injurious to the health, especially of minors.

Civil Surgeon Dr Subhash Batta said keeping in view the health and goodwill of people and to ensure that minors did not fall victim to the menace, the ban needed to be extended.

The District Health Department, with the help of the police, keeps raiding hookah bars in the city.

On September 7 last year, the department had conducted raids at four shops on Malhar Road and had taken nine suspects into custody for renting out hookahs and selling tobacco products and charcoal.

The Division Number 5 had registered a case against all suspects under section 188 of the IPC.

Earlier, on May 13 last year, the city police raided a hookah bar running in the garb of a restaurant and nabbed 22 youngsters for consuming alleged tobacco substance.



Drizzle brings a ‘pleasant’ surprise for city residents
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 25
Cloudy weather in the late afternoon followed by a drizzle brought some respite from sweltering heat the city witnessed earlier during the day.

“The temperature goes up pretty early on in the day. Rain is a welcome change," said Amrit, a resident.

"Although power supply was disrupted in our area, we were not that inconveniences as the weather was cool," said another resident.

While some people were seen scurrying to take shelter, many came out to enjoy the weather.

"As the weather was good, I took a detour and went for a longer drive to home while returning from office,” said Ravi, another resident.

“It gets so hot these days that it remains warm even after sunset. This evening, however, it is very pleasant,” said a resident.



Programme to tackle depleting water table started
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 25
The administration has launched a coordinated programme to check further depletion of water table in sensitive areas.

Besides, persuading residents to check wastage of water, farmers of the area have been advised to follow agricultural practices which need lower quantity of water for cultivation.

Responding to the clarion call made by DC Ludhiana Rajat Aggarwal, farmers of villages falling under Pakhowal, Sudhar and Dehlon block had resolved to adopt direct sowing of paddy and puncturing the crust through deep chisel ploughing.

A team of block level agricultural officers led by chief agricultural officer Gurbakhshish Singh Chahal organised workshops and field demonstrations at various villages of the area to educate peasants about causes and consequences of depletion of water table.

Acknowledging that water table in the region had already depleted to alarming level block agricultural officer Dr Narinder Singh Benipal told the farmers at Bihla village that depleting water table will affect the input cost and yield of paddy crop.

Stressing on need of new technologies Dr Benipal said a major fraction of fertilisers and additives was wasted with run away water due to formation of hard and impermeable crust due to excessive logging of water during preparation of fields for paddy sowing in traditional way.

Puncturing of the crust with deep ploughing with specially designed chisels had become need of the hour, said Benipal maintaining that direct sowing could be started from June 1 instead of traditional paddy sowing from June 15.

Benipal said the practice will save at least 20 per cent of water required for cultivation of paddy crop.

Teams of officers led by Dr Avtar Singh Birmi, Dr Jatinder Singh Pakhowal, Dr Sukhwinder Kaur Grewal, Dr Taranveer Singh Maherna Kalan and Dr Rajinder Bhandari organised demonstrations at fields of their respective areas.



Premature babies
Government to bear cost of treatment
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 25
The government will bear the cost of treatment of premature babies born at state-run hospitals and health centres. In Ludhiana, such cases will be referred to Christian Medical College and Hospital.

While the parents won’t have to shell out any money for the treatment of their child, the government will pay the hospital.

Dr Rajinder Gulati, head of the paediatrics department at the Civil Hospital, said this facility would prove to be a boon for poor patients, who could not afford the costly treatment premature babies needed.

Dr Gulati said there was only one condition for people to avail themselves of this facility: the baby should have taken birth at the Civil Hospital or any other government-run health centre.

A doctor working at a primary health centre said patients will benefit a lot from this scheme.

"Government hospitals do not have proper facilities to take care of premature babies. Now, these cases will be referred to CMCH, where babies will get proper treatment,” he said.

Premature birth is defined either as preterm birth (birth of a baby of less than 37 weeks gestational age) or the birth of a baby before the developing organs are mature enough to allow normal postnatal survival. Such infants are at a greater risk of short- and long-term complications, including disabilities and impediments in growth and mental development. Significant progress has been made in the care of premature infants, but not in reducing the prevalence of preterm birth.

Child must be born in state-run facility

There is only one condition that the beneficiary must fulfil: the baby should have taken birth at the Civil Hospital or any other government-run health centre.

— Dr Rajinder Gulati, head, paediatrics dept, Civil Hospital



3,000 students get books, bags
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 25
Noble Foundation Trust, a non-governmental organization, distributed school bags and books to about 3,000 children of 16 schools running under the name of Ma Sharda Vidyapeeth here today at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan. These schools are run by this NGO.

Izhar Alam, chairman of Punjab Waqf Board, was the chief guest on this occasion. Rajinder Sharma, founder of the NGO, highlighted the achievement of the NGO and demanded for a piece of land from the chief guest for constructing a school building up to Class XII. On which, Alam assured that he would definitely help the NGO in future.

A cultural programme was presented by the schoolchildren on the occasion. Also, seven persons and organisations were awarded with the ‘Noble Indian’ award by the NGO. These included Jagdish Lal Behal, an industrialist of the city, and Founder secretary of DMCH Management; Arya Samaj Model Town Ludhiana; Round The Table NGO; Bikers Gang, Ludhiana; Ann Jal Sewa Trust, Ludhiana; New Five Star Young Club, Ludhiana; Terro card reader Aashish Chhaabra and Hardeep Singh, police in-charge deputed at Sanjh Kender at Samrala.

Founder Rajinder Sharma said that our motto was, ‘ik bacha apnao, desh khushal banao’. Anyone can sponsor free education to any of our students. For this initiative, one will have to pay Rs 2,500 per annum only.



Paediatricians attend workshop on Mission Uday
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 25
The Ludhiana Academy of Paediatrics (LAP) organised a workshop on ‘Mission Uday’ and ID Surveillance for the paediatricians of the city.

Dr Harmesh Singh, Head of Paediatrics Department, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, welcomed the faculty and the participants.

Dr Puneet Juneja, secretary of LAP, said Mission Uday, an initiative of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics, was comprehensive evidence-based management protocol and includes guidelines of major killers of children, who are under five years of age, namely pneumonia, diarrhoea, malaria, tuberculosis, typhoid, dengue etc.

Delivering his talk on pneumonia, Dr Gulati said globally, 156 million children below 5 years of age are affected by pneumonia out of which more than two million die with most deaths occurring in the developing world. In India alone, 43 million children of less than 5 years are affected by pneumonia out of which 0.4 million die. He further added that for effective management, early recognition of pneumonia was very important so that appropriate treatment with the choice of antibiotic could be initiated at the earliest. Cases of severe pneumonia should be immediately referred for hospitalisation after providing pre-referral treatment.

Dr Gulati further added that recognition of a case that do not have pneumonia and do not require antibiotics, may benefit from supportive care only.

Dr Deepak Bhatia said around two million children die in India every year, accounting for one in five deaths in the world. One out of 11 dies before they are five years old. He said Mission Uday would empower the pediatricians and all others, who were engaged in healthcare delivery to children as a compact package for dealing with common paediatric diseases thereby helping India, reduce the mortality rate to less than five.

The faculty for the said workshop included Dr Daljit Singh, Dr A S Chawla and Dr Rajinder Gulati from Ludhiana along with Dr Alka Aggarwal from Ghaziabad, Dr Ashwini Sood from Shimla, Dr Arun Kumar from Roorkie and Dr Deepak Bhatia from IDSP, Punjab.

About the mission

  • It is an initiative of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics
  • It is a comprehensive evidence-based management protocol
  • It contains guidelines on major dreadful diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhoea, malaria, tuberculosis, typhoid and dengue.



IMA holds general body meeting
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 25
A general body meeting and continuous medical education (CME) was organised by the Indian Medical Association at IMA House today.

Dr RK Sharma, president, IMA Ludhiana, presented the constitution which was passed by the House.

The CME organised by Medanta- The Medicity, Gurgaon, was based on urogenital cancers and CyberKnife -a tool to cure cancers

Dr NP Singh and Dr Tejinder Kataria spoke about Robotic Surgery and Cyberknife, two very recent modalities to treat cancer, which are available only at very few places in big metropolis. The sessions were chaired by Dr BS Aulakh, Dr GS Sidhu, Dr Deepak Parasher and Dr Gurdeep Singh.



Superior varieties of mango arrive in city
The price of the new stock ranges between Rs 60 and Rs 200 per kg
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 25
Various varieties of mangoes such as Alphonso, Malgova and Neelam have started arriving in the city in small quantities but the prices are expected to be high. The city market has been receiving 15 to 20 tonnes of mangoes each day and depending upon on the variety, the price ranges between Rs 60 and Rs 200 per kg in the city.

While, Raspuri, Sendura, Totapuri and Mallika varieties of mangoes are already in the market.

Yosuf Mian, a fruit vendor from Ghumar Mandi, pointed that mangoes come from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and mangoes grown in Ramanagaram and Kolar, two major mango growing districts, have been damaged due to inclement weather.

"I was disappointed as the initial excitement of the commencement of the mango season is yet to be seen in customers," he said.

"The winters ended quite late this year, thus delaying the arrival of summer season which affected the mango crop. Besides, the rapid thunderstorms also destroyed the mango crop," added another fruit shop owner from Civil Lines.

Rashmi, a mango lover, said she was all excited that mango had stated arriving in the city. "Now every evening we can enjoy mango shake, mango ice cream, mango pudding or mango cake. Mango is my favourite fruit," she adds. 



Punjabi Sahit Akademi forms new committees
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 25
The first meeting of the newly elected office-bearers of the Punjabi Sahit Akademi was held today.

The new team appealed the enthusiasts of Punjabi literature and culture and the government for financial support to the academy.

Also, Rs 75,000 were paid by the office-bearers from their pockets, said some members.

General secretary Dr Anoop Singh was appointed as the chief editor of Alochana magazine. Other members of the editorial team included Dr Surjit Singh, Dr Bhim Inder Singh, Dr Neetu Arora, Dr Bhagwant Singh, Dr Sudarshan Singh.

Some committees were also made for the betterment of the academy. Former president Gurbhajan Singh Gill, Dr SS Johl, Bibi Balwant and Dr Guriqbal were appointed as the chairpersons for the different committees.



City high on fashion quotient

Providing a platform to budding designers and students, many fashion institutes have come up in Ludhiana
Providing a platform to budding designers and students, many fashion institutes have come up in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

With many fashion institutes opening in the city and fashion designers and models descending every now and then, Ludhiana has become a pure fashion fiesta. The students of the fashion institutes actively participate in these shows and leave no opportunity to model around and also enjoy the limelight and attention they get from the media. During a recently held event, while one photographer was clicking pictures of a group of girls while standing in front of them, not to miss the opportunity, another photographer started taking pictures for a side pose (see picture). The girls were all excited over the attention they were getting and had a real experience of the fashion world which they seemed to have enjoyed to the core!

‘Politics’ over demolitions

The Municipal Corporation is facing a piquant situation. If it does not act to remove encroachments, it invites wrath of the Punjab and Haryana High Court where a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) over this issue is pending. And if it initiates action against unlawful construction and encroachments, it draws volley of protests from all. Not only the opposition parties, but senior leaders of the ruling coalition also raise hue and cry over demolitions and dispossession of the ‘unlawful occupants’ on government land. The civic administration has once again became an eye of the storm over its demolition drive carried out in some parts of the city even as only about a 100 odd, out of more than 4,000 identified encroachments, have so far been cleared. It would be in the own interest of the elected representatives of the people (read councillors and legislators) to exercise restraint over this crucial matter. They must understand that once the identified and other encroachments are removed, the city will become a better place to live in. If in this process, some of the people (mostly on the wrong side of the law) have to suffer, it will be a fair price to pay.

The credit game!

While the MC started its demolition drive in the city, many residents were rendered homeless. The ‘illegal’ houses were razed by the authorities. The act of MC was largely condemned by political leaders from the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party. A political leader said, “Several residents are becoming homeless. As we went to meet the authorities to make a request to stop this drive for some time and discuss the issue in the MC house, we were told that drive will be halted for a while but all the credit will be given to certain leaders. We readily agreed as we wanted that injustice should not be done with the poor and needy.” It is unfortunate that even on such occasions, leaders want to take credit.

Actual vacation

Cell phones have made life easier for everyone. People from all walks of life are dependent on this small device for keeping themselves updated. A government officer, who frequently goes on leave, chooses not to carry his cell phone when he goes for holidaying with his family. A few days ago, one of my colleagues made a call on his cell number to have his comment. A strange voice attended the phone. It was one of his servants, who said, “Madam, sahib has diverted his calls on my phone as he is on holiday. Whenever he goes on leave, he diverts his call on my phone. Please convey the message. I will tell him when he returns.” I really wondered at the smartness of the officer and the innocence of the servant.

Contributed by: Manav Mander, Kuldip Bhatia, Shivani Bhakoo and Anupam Bhagria



Want to serve society, says Punjab Kokila Rajni Arya
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 25
Having chipped to educate people of the state against social evils through her songs, Rajni Jain Arya, Punjab Kokila, and PTC Music Award Winner 2010, has decided to guide budding artists in service of society.

Besides organising workshops at educational institutes of rural belts, she will impart free training in music to young aspirants.

"I owe a lot to my followers for lending support to me when I was nominated for the Best Debut Female Singer" in the ‘PTC Music Awards 2010’ time has come when I should start repaying to the society," said Rajni. Paying gratitude to senior functionaries of various Jain organisations of the region Rajni said path to her success was paved in religious congregations of the community where she was allowed to sing devotional songs with persuasion of her maternal grand mother Kaushalaya Devi Jain.

Though she had received applaud from various organised and unorganized sectors for her devotional and socio-cultural songs, those highlighting gender bias issues seemed to have given her maximum satisfaction.

‘Haye oye Rabba Dhee Koyee’ was cited as the most appreciated song of her. "While as a woman it is one of the most difficult songs for me to, audience pay me back in shape of tears rolling on their cheeks," said Rajni. Appreciating gesture shown by the singer, office-bearers said they will organise workshops for their students at their respective institutes.



Bridging the cultural gap
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 25
Danish damsel Anita Lerche got bewitched by Punjabi culture after listening to the folk song “Latthe Di Chadar” aboard a bus.
Anita Lerche from Denmark strikes a pose at Guru Nanak Bhawan, where she sang a Punjabi song and a bhajan for a charity event in Ludhiana on Sunday
Anita Lerche from Denmark strikes a pose at Guru Nanak Bhawan, where she sang a Punjabi song and a bhajan for a charity event in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Now, she mesmerises people across the globe with her Punjabi songs. Although, she has performed in 16 languages, she feels a unique bond with Punjabi. In fact, she won the Danish World Music Award for a Punjabi fusion single.

Anita was in the city to perform at a function organised by the Noble Foundation. She sang a Punjabi song and a bhajan, surprising one and all. Wearing a traditional Punjabi attire, she also spoke a few words in Punjabi.

After her gig at the charity event, Anita was surrounded by youngsters who wanted to get a picture clicked with her. Some elderly, impressed with her performance, said Punjabi youth needed to take inspiration from the Danish singer.

The young singer said the energy, exuberance and passion she saw in Punjabis across the globe gave her joy.

Striving to be an ambassador of this culture, she has performed in many countries.

The Danish singer believes that everyone in the world is somehow connected with each other despite the difference in cultures and ethnicities.

"We all have one heart," she says.

This is the reason she has learnt a few shabads and bhajans as well. Famous for her album “Heer”, Anita is coming out with a new album, “Sadke Punjab Ton”.



ludhiana scan
50 new clinics

Jiva Ayurveda will be opening 50 new clinics across the country by 2015 with mission of 'taking Ayurveda to every home'. Through these clinics, Jiva Ayurveda will offer Ayurvedic treatment for lifestyle and degenerative disorders such as diabetes, joint pains, skin disorders, obesity. Dr Partap Chauhan, a well known Ayurvedacharya and director, Jiva Ayurveda said, “Jiva Ayurveda is dedicated to bringing high quality, affordable and authentic Ayurveda to people."

Study material distributed

Shree Shiv Sia Sanstha today gave financial assistance to the needy students studying at Distant Public School. Necessary stationery material was distributed and in addition to this the yearly fee of the students was also distributed. Members of the association said a country can only progress if its children are educated.

Gym inaugurated

Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria today inaugurated a gym at Simran Nagar. Speaking on the occasion, mayor said that one should pay full attention to one's body as it is the temple of every human being. "It is very necessary to take out few hours for one's body so that it remains fit and fine," he said.


The meeting of ETT teachers unemployed union was held today. Speaking on the occasion president of the union Deep Raja said it had been three years that government had been delaying the appointment of TET qualified teachers while 40,000 posts had been lying vacant in government schools. "Our repeated requests to fill these posts are ignored by the government regurlarly," he said.

Thyroid detection camp held

A thyroid detection camp was organised by Rising Youth Association on the occasion of World Thyroid Day. Experts from Dayanand Medical College and Hospital examined the patients. Dr Mani Kant Singla speaking on the occasion said there are about 4 crore people in India suffering from thyroid and many of them are undiagnosed. People who have excessive weight gain or weight loss, depression, hair loss, feeling of excess cold or hot should get themselves tested for thyroid.

Medical camp

USPC Jain Charitable Hospital, Sunder Nagar, organised a Heart, prostate urology, neurology and cancer detection camp with the assistance of Medanta-The Medicity, Gurgaon, here today. The team from Medanta comprising Dr Tejinder Kataria, Dr Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dr Deepak Dara, Dr KP Singh, Dr Manoj Saini and Dr Anand Kumar examined 524 Patients. ECG and Echocardiography were done at nominal price. Blood sugar was tested free of cost for 306 patients.

General body meeting

First general body meeting of Practicing Valuers Association was held in the city today. They are the link between financial institutions and the public, said a member of the organisation. The organisation comprises experts who evaluate the property of loan seekers and help in getting financial assistance from banks. The meeting was chaired by Col VP Kapoor (Retd). Architect Sanjay Goyal gave a presentation on fire safety in buildings. Vote of thanks was given by Kulwant Rai, joint secretary of the association. 20 members out of 28 members were present for the meeting. — TNS



2 held with 400-gram drug powder
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, May 25
The Jagraon police have arrested two alleged drug peddlers, including a woman and seized 400 grams of drug powder from them. The accused were identified as Gurpreet Singh, a resident of Galib Kalan village near Jagraon and Paramjit Kaur, a resident of Gidarwindi village, near Sidhwan Bet.

Both the accused were arrested by a police team of criminal investigation agency (CIA) Jagraon during routine checking on Galib Kalan-Sherpur Link road today morning. The police have also impounded a motorcycle on which both the accused were trying to smuggle the drug.

Later on, the police produced both the accused in a local court which sent them to one day police remand.



hockey festival
Kila Raipur club squeeze past city’s Sports Club
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 25
In a battle of nerves, Grewal Hockey Club of Kila Raipur managed to squeeze past Sports Club, Ludhiana, 9-7 during the ongoing Fifth Olympian Prithipal Singh Hockey Festival at Bibi Surjit Kaur AstroTurf Stadium in Jarkhar village.

It was a see-saw contest in which both sides displayed fine hockey skills. Grewal Club was the first to take the lead, but Sports Club immediately equalised and surged ahead. However, their joy was short-lived as Grewal Club succeeded in neutralising the lead.

In the dying moments finally, with the score board reading 7-7, Sukhjinder Singh of Kila Raipur pumped in two goals to seal his team’s win. For the winners, skipper Narinder Singh scored two goals, while Kuljit Singh, Navjot Singh, Jaspreet Singh and Sandeep Singh added a goal each to complete the tally.

Lovejeet Singh found the target thrice for the losing side. Other scorers were Baljinder Singh, Daljit Singh, Jeet Pal Singh and Ramandeep Singh Brar.

In the second match, Jagtar XI of Jarkhar overwhelmed Sant Fateh Singh Club of Dolan, Jagraon, 8-5. The two teams were locked at 3-3 at half time.

The captain of Jagtar XI, Gursatinder Singh, scored four goals including a hattrick to steer his side to a comfortable victory. Damanjeet Singh sounded the board twice while Maninder Singh Happy and Mandeep Singh contributed a goal each.

For the losers, Harpreet Singh, Taranpreet Singh, Joga Singh and Simran Singh chipped in with goals to reduce the margin.

The third match played between Akalgarh XI and Friends Club of Doraha turned out to be a one-sided affair in which the former came out triumphant 8-3.

Manjinder Singh, Joginder Singh and Jagroop Singh added two goals each while Jagdeep Singh and Ankur scored one goal each for the winners. For the losing side, Kewal Singh, Ravinder Singh and Gurpal Singh played well to reduce the victory margin.



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