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Team visits Budha Nullah
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 1
A team comprising higher-officials from Chandigarh and the local Municipal Corporation today visited sites along Budha Nullah, sewage treatment plants and dairy complexes here to get feedback on how things could be improved to clean the nullah.

The team comprised of SK Sandhu, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, Special Principal Secretary to the CM, Ravinder Singh, Chairman of the PPCB, DK Tiwari, CEO of the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board, Pradeep Aggarwal, MC Commissioner, Isha Kalia, ADC (D), Dr Sumit Jarangal, Additional Commissioner, and others.

Sandhu said for the cleaning of the nullah, the state government was keen to take initiatives such as setting up new sewage treatment plants and expanding the existing ones. He said the government would start cleaning of rivers, including the Sutlej and the Harike Pattan.

He said not just the nullah but underground water, too, was highly polluted on account of continuous discharge of effluents in the nullah.

The team also visited the sewage treatment plant at Jamalpur. The team said there was a need to expand the capacity of the existing treatment plants. The team visited the Tajpur Road, Shivpuri, Tibba Road, Transport Nagar, Bhattiyan, Haibowal, Balloke areas to see how dirty water and effluents were discharged into the nullah.

Need to expand STPs

The team also visited the sewage treatment plant at Jamalpur. The officials said there was a need to expand the capacity of the existing plants.


Step-by-step approach needed, says Sandhu
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 1
“It is not just industrialists of the city but dairy owners, residents, slum dwellers also discharge effluents into Budha Nullah its cleaning has become a matter of concern for the state government.

The Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal, wants it to be cleaned thoroughly as this polluted nullah poses a threat to the lives of lakhs of residents living in and around the city,” observes SK Sandhu, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister.

Sandhu, who was accompanied by a delegation of higher-ups from Chandigarh and here, today visited sewerage treatment plants, a dairy at Haibowal and many sites along the nullah.

Talking exclusively with The Tribune, Sandhu said the Chief Minister recently decided to conduct intensive inspections of the nullah to get the exact feedback. Seven teams, comprising of officials from the Punjab Pollution Control Board, Irrigation Department, Water Supply and Sewearge Board, Local Bodies and the Municipal Corporation conducted surveys to check the pollution levels. The teams started from Nangal and went up to Machhiwara.

“Three or four things have been noticed but the main cause is unhygienic conditions along the nullah and discharge of untreated sewage into it. It is a problem that cannot be solved within a few days. Steps one by one have to be taken and lot many things done. The dairies in the Haibowal and Tajpur areas discharge their effluents into the nullah. Slums have come up along the nullah. All of them are polluting the nullah, which is very dangerous,” said Sandhu.

These slum dwellers have to be rehabilitated. The dairy complexes could not be shifted in one go, so they need to be encouraged to give all their cow dung to the power generation plant at Haibowal for a price. Similar plants have to be set up on Tajpur Road, said Sandhu.

The Principal Secretary said he had seen everything and would submit his report to the Chief Minister. “At the same time, we cannot be inhumane while tackling a serious issue. But the pollution in nullah has become a threat to people,” said Sandhu.



Parents block train as ‘drunk’ ASI slaps children
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 1
High drama was witnessed at Jagraon after an ASI, attached to the GRP, allegedly slapped some children who were playing cricket near the local railway station. According to information, a child hit the ball and it landed in a park near the railway station.

When the children went to fetch the ball, ASI Bhupinder Singh allegedly slapped some of them.

When the children’s parents came to know about the incident, they reached there along with a large number of local residents and started raising slogans against the ASI. After some time, a police team, led by Jagraon SHO Daljit Singh, arrived there. Jagraon DSP Surinder Kumar also visited the spot and tried to pacify the protesters who were demanding action against the ASI.

Meanwhile, the Ludhiana-Ferozepur passenger train arrived at the station. The protesters blocked the railway track. When the senior GRP officials came to know about the incident, a GRP team from Ludhiana arrived at Jagraon and tried to pacify the protesters.

The protesters alleged the ASI, who slapped the children, was drunk. The GRP officials recorded the statements of the children’s parents. Later, they took the ASI for a medical examination, following which the protesters cleared the track.

Ludhiana SHO of the GRP Inderjit Singh said they had recorded the statements of the children’s parents. “We have got the medical examination of the ASI done and appropriate action will be taken accordingly,” he said.



Mahila Cong row gets murkier
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 1
The controversy over the appointment of the new district Mahila Congress president is hotting up. The state Mahila Congress president, Malti Thapar, has shot off a letter to the All-India Mahila Congress (AIMC) chief Shobha Oza, urging the latter to approve the appointment of Asha Garg as the district president.

On May 28, the incumbent Ludhiana (Urban) Mahila Congress chief Leena Taparia had left for Delhi to meet Oza to apprise her of the situation in the wake of the new appointment. Oza had reportedly told Taparia that there were no changes in the Mahila Congress leadership and that the status quo prevailed.

Thapar’s letter is a reaction to Oza’s assurance to Taparia. Rooting for Garg, the letter says: “Asha Garg has a very strong mass support and vast experience as member of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation for a number of years. She has served our organisation for more than 25 years on various posts.”

Thapar, in the letter, claims that all senior Congress leaders and legislators had recommended Garg for the post.

She writes: “In the interest of activating our organisation and to face new challenges, I request you to kindly approve the appointment of Asha Garg…this will give the right message to all Mahila Congress workers that their hard work and dedication are appreciated and there is no place for pseudo-leaders with money power.”

Meanwhile, at a special meeting of the executive committee of the Punjab Mahila Congress (PMC) conducted here today under the leadership of Thapar, it was unanimously resolved that the PMC will “stand by the decision taken on May 26 meeting of the executive committee of the PMC…that Asha Garg, a dedicated and senior member of the PMC is appointed as the president of the Ludhiana Urban District Mahila Congress”.

The resolution stated: “We wholeheartedly support the decision of the removal of the past District President of the Ludhiana Urban for non-performance, indiscipline, regular absenteeism from state meetings and non-submission of any report to the state office in the last two and a half years.”

Interestingly, earlier on May 27, Thapar had told The Tribune that Garg had been appointed as the “acting president” and that the decision on Leena Taparia’s case was yet to be made.

The resolution also accused Taparia of supporting Dimple Rana in the latter’s ‘defection’ to the Akali Dal.

During today’s meeting, the PMC members appealed to the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, and the vice-president Rahul Gandhi to stay the reversal of Garg’s appointment.

Cong leadership blamed for poor performance of party in Punjab

Talking to The Tribune, Thapar said the poor performance of the Congress in the Lok Sabha elections was attributable, in a large measure, to the party leadership’s tendency to ignore the party workers. “Asha Garg is a disciplined party worker. How can I deny her the opportunity to lead the team in Ludhiana? In the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress lost from Taparia’s ward while it did very well in Garg’s ward.”



Structure razed

Ludhiana, June 1
Acting on a complaint filed by an RTI activist, the building branch officials from the Zone D office razed an “illegal” commercial establishment under construction near a level crossing at Sunet here today. The complaint was filed by an RTI activist, Rohit Sabharwal, yesterday.

Sabharwal said: “The illegal construction was being carried out in utter violation of the building bylaws. But the officials of MC did not challan the violator, reasons best known to them. A complaint was filed made to the Principal Secretary, Local Bodies, through an SMS yesterday. Taking suo-motu cognisance of the complaint, the construction was razed today by the building branch officials of the MC.”

Meanwhile, Assistant Town Planner (Heaquarters) Kamaljit Kaur said the department had received a complaint through the head office. “It was Sunday today but still the illegal building was razed,” she said. — TNS



Pay more for Verka paneer, curd
Tribune News Service

SK Sandhu, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Ludhiana, June 1
Milkfed, Punjab, has increased the prices of the Verka paneer and curd between 20% and 40%. The increased prices have been implemented from today. Dr Surjeet Singh, Manager (Promotions), Verka Milk Plant, Ludhiana, said: “Now, 100 gram curd will cost Rs 10 against the previous price of Rs 7.

The price of 200 gram curd has been increased from Rs 12 to Rs 15. However, 400 gram curd will now cost Rs 25 against the previous price of Rs 22.”

The prices of the verka paneer have also been revised. He said: “The paneer prices have been increased from Rs 25.50 to 30.50 for 100 gram and from Rs 50 to Rs 60 for every 200 gram.”

Verka had increased the prices of both these products about four months ago.

Though Verka has not increased the prices of milk having different fat contents as of now, sources said these too could be increased in the near future.

The sources said in summer, milk yield witnessed a decrease, so the prices of milk and lassi could also increase in the near future. While many dairy farmers have increased the milk prices by Rs 2 per litre this month, a few had increased them last month.



Extension of Load
Voluntary disclosure scheme extended
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 1
Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has extended the voluntary disclosure scheme (VDS) for extension of load till June 30, 2014. The scheme will be open to consumers falling under the categories of domestic supply (DS), non-residential supply (NRS/commercial), small power (SP), medium supply (MS) and agricultural power (AP).

Earlier, the scheme was launched for a period of three months from March 1, 2014, and it was to end on May 31, 2014. Under the scheme, the consumers will be able to get their power load extended on the basis of actual connected load without penalty.

According to the circular issued by the Chief Engineer (Commercial) of the PSPCL, unlike the first phase of the scheme (till May 31), the field staff would now conduct spot checking of connected load but no penalty for the use of unauthorised load will be imposed in case the consumer opts to go for VDS or the unauthorised load is disconnected.

Other terms and conditions for service connection charges and initial security remain unchanged.

The DS and NRS consumers will get a 20 per cent rebate in the service connection charges which (for the DS connections) have been fixed at Rs 300 up to 1 KW, Rs 360 up to 3 KW, Rs 600 up to 7 KW and Rs 900 up to 100 KW. The charges for the NRS consumers will be Rs 300 up to 1 KW, Rs 600 up to 3 KW and Rs 900 up to 100 KW.

Similarly, the DS consumers will have to pay initial security of Rs 500 per KW for a load up to 50 KW and Rs 370 per KW for a load up to 100 KW. For the consumers covered under spot billing, the amount of initial security will be Rs 370 and Rs 185 per KW for total load up to 50 and 100 KW respectively.

The amount of initial security for the NRS consumers will be Rs 700 and Rs 470 per KW for the load up to 50 and 100 KW, respectively, while those covered under spot billing will be charged Rs 470 and Rs 235 per KW.

According to the circular issued in respect to the SP and MS (industrial) consumers, the service connection charges for these consumers have been fixed at Rs 1,900 per KW on which a rebate of Rs 20 per cent will be allowed. The rate of initial security recoverable will be Rs 500 per KW for the SP and Rs 750 per KW for the MS consumers, which will be calculated for the extended load only.

The circular further says the AP consumers (power supply for tubewells) will have to pay service connection charges of Rs 3,000 per BHP as against the prevailing rate of Rs 4,500 per BHP and the initial security recoverable on additional/extended load will be Rs 200 per BHP.

Senior PSPCL officials said extension of the scheme for another month was a welcome and well-directed move aimed at bringing out qualitative improvement in the distribution network. “The PSPCL can upgrade its transmission and distribution system only when the extent of actual connected load in each area for all categories of consumers is known,” a senior PSPCL official said.



Better Ludhiana residents at risk
No end to water contamination
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 1
With industrial effluents being discharged into the water bodies, various localities across the city continue to receive contaminated water. Administration’s apathy towards illegal sewers, besides submersible pumps installed in narrow lanes that leave no option for chlorinating water, adds to the problem.

Forced to drink this polluted water, residents of Prem Vihar, Fatehgarh Mohalla, Kila Mohalla, Prem Nagar, Janta Nagar, Shimlapuri, Giaspura, Jawahar Nagar, Haibowal, Humbran, Punjabi Bagh, Sherpur, Tajpur Road, Dhandari Kalan and areas around Jalandhar Bypass always remain at the risk of contracting waterborne diseases.

Every year people living in these areas fall prey diseases such as diarrhoea, gastroenteritis, cholera and hepatitis B.

The death of a five-year-old boy due to diarrhoea at Prem Vihar has failed to make any difference as complaints of water contamination continue to pour in from different parts of the city.

Authorities blame residents

Though the authorities claim they are trying hard to replace bleaching powder with tin oxide for chlorination of tubewells, no steps are being taken to check water supply through submersible pumps. The authorities, in fact, blame residents for spread diseases where submersible pumps are installed.

One of the municipal corporation employees said that chlorination of tubewells was done only in summers, while in winters the process was halted.

No corrective measures

District Epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma said the Health Department was regularly organising medical camps in areas where people were suffering from waterborne diseases.

When asked as to why corrective measures were not being taken, Dr Verma said: “Ludhiana is a big city and it is not possible for the department to hold medical camps in every locality. Whenever, a large number of cases are reported from a particular locality, we hold medical camps there.”

After camps, things back to square one

Manju Rani, a resident of Jawahar Nagar, said contaminated water was being supplied to her house for nearly a month.

“Some people in the area have fallen prey to diarrhoea, but the authorities concerned have failed to wake up. We approached the area councillor too, but to no avail. The Health Department officials held camps for a few days, following which everything was back to square one. A case or two of fever, stomach ache and vomiting get reported from the area every day, but nobody seems to be interested in our well being,” she said.

Number of cases of water-borne diseases, like typhoid and hepatitis B have also come to fore from Hambran village. The main reason behind the same is contaminated groundwater, which is supplied through hand pumps in this village.

At Prem Vihar, too, where a five-year-old boy died of diarrhoea, people are complaining of fever and nausea.

“Camps were held in the area for three to four days, but nothing has changed. People in the area are still falling ill,” said Kunti, a resident.

Residents forced to buy packaged water

At Aman Nagar, near Jalandhar Bypass, residents are getting muddy water. Paramjit Kaur, a resident, said: “When we are paying out water bills on time, we have every right to get safe and clean water.”

“For past few days, we have been getting muddy water, which is unfit for human consumption. As a result, people of are falling ill. We end up spending a lot on packaged water to save ourselves from diseases,” she said.

Industries polluting groundwater

People at Hambran, too, are forced to buy packaged drinking water every day. Villagers allege that neighbouring industrial units are pumping their waste into the ground, thus polluting the groundwater. Half the village is suffering from waterborne diseases, they say.

“The doctor has advised me to drink filtered water. I have to shell out money to buy packaged drinking water, as water I receive at home through the hand pump is not fit for consumption,” said Dalbir Singh, who has been suffering from hepatitis B.

Another resident of the village said the water remained muddy after boiling too.

She said there were many factories in the vicinity that were causing pollution, but the Health Department had failed to collected water samples from the village.

A few steps you can take to avoid diseases

  • Ensure water does not get accumulated around houses
  • Use clean water to brush your teeth, wash and cook
  • Wash your hands with soap and clean water before eating and cooking and after using the toilet
  • Avoid raw food other than fruits and vegetables you have peeled on your own
  • Take bath using antiseptics to prevent skin infections



Krishna Nagar residents fear disease outbreak
Gurminder S Grewal

Khanna, June 1
In the absence of proper sewerage facility, wastewater keeps accumulating in the open at Krishna Nagar. In fact, a stinking pond welcomes visitors to the area. Residents fear an outbreak of waterborne diseases.

They say the municipal council has failed to provide sewerage facility in the area, despite repeated requests. They say they have approached various political parties to make them aware of their plight, but no action has been taken yet.

Area councillor Santokh Singh Atwal said he had taken up the matter with the authorities concerned, but his voice remained unheard as he did not belong to the ruling party.

Aam Aadmi party workers, led by Malkit Singh Meeta, who visited the area, have promised to take up the matter with officials concerned.

The municipal council executive officer, Charanjit Singh, said he was not aware of the problem. He said he would visit the site soon.



admission blues
Students, parents visit psychologists for counselling sessions
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 1
City youngsters who have recently passed Class XII and their parents have no time for celebrating their success as many of them are busy in preparing for the competitive examinations while some are confused as to what should they opt.

Bowing down to the peer pressure, the youngsters feel that the parents are trying to fulfill their dreams through them, but little do they realise that they have unrealistic plans for their future.

Sumeet Kumar (name changed) lacks interest in competitive exam as his school friends have opted for some other course. His mother said, “My son is going against our wishes. I am very upset and have been suffering from depression.”

However, Babita (name changed) who has recently passed Class XII with a high percentage, said,” I want to get admission at a commerce college in Delhi. But my mother is having very stereotyped thinking and not allowing me for the same. She has asked me to get admission in any local college.”

There are many such parents and children who have been facing this situation. Dr Ravinder Kala, a city-based clinical psychologist, said, “These days we daily receive 2-3 such cases in our clinic. After passing Class XII, there are a number of options in each stream. Following which the children as well as parents get confused. Children start planning in their mind that they would go out of state or out of country for higher studies but parents have their own insecurities. Many a times while counseling, I realise that the children have impolite temperament and they are unrealistic.”

She further said that both the parents as well children facing underlying communication problem come to me for counselling. “The students are asked to undergo career decision-making test which focusses on the aptitude, interest and career-oriented goals of students. Through this they come to know as what is best for them and then we help them in improving underline communication gap,” Dr Kala said.

Not only urban but now even rural children have got exposure. Dr Rajiv Gupta, a clinical psychologist, said, “Children belonging to rural areas want to go abroad for higher studies. Parents have their own apprehensions as who will take care of them while children start dreaming the foreign land at any cost. Unlike earlier, nowadays children of businessmen also prefer to study abroad. However, their parents are worried as to who will take care of their business because according to them if a person goes abroad then he/she hardly settles down in India.”

Dr Gupta further said that in case of girls the parents are more apprehensive keeping in view the social security. Many girls prefer to study out of town and want to stay as paying guest, but parents find it difficult to digest and feel that hostels are a better option.

Expert suggestions

  • Students should not bow down to peer pressure and think what will be the benefit of the higher studies for their career
  • Parents as well as children should consult a counsellor in case of any such conflict
  • Parents should not thrust upon their wishes on children but make them understand logically about various aspects of higher studies



350 examined at heart check-up camp
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 1
A free medical and heart check-up awareness camp was organised by Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) Unit– Hero DMC Heart Institute in association with Bhagwan Mahavir Sewa Sansthan at Jain Eye Hospital, Civil Lines.

The camp was inaugurated by Dr Bishav Mohan, DM cardiologist (professor and senior consultant) HDHI, followed by a lecture on common cardiac problems for the awareness of people.

Dr Ajit Sood, gastroenterologist DMC, also delivered a lecture on common liver and gastric diseases and how to prevent them.

The main motive of the camp was to create awareness towards creating a healthier society by popularising preventive measures. For this purpose, an audio-visual presentation was given by Dr Bishav Mohan and Dr Ajit Sood. Main topics covered were heart diseases (such as hypertension, atherosclerosis and coronary artery diseases), liver diseases (such as hepatitis virus) and gastric problems.

“Many people suffer serious illnesses from preventable diseases, free medical camps like these help in early detection of diseases and can save many precious lives. Studies reveal that a sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy eating habits and stress are responsible for the rising number of cardiac problems but it can be reversed with healthy diet, quitting smoking, low fat diet, etc. Also, brisk walk for 30 min every day can prevent many cardiac problems,” said Dr Bishav Mohan.

Commenting on the current scenario of hepatitis virus in India, Dr Ajit Soodsaid, “Hepatitis is often referred as ‘silent killer’ because liver damage can gradually occur over many years before being discovered and can be a sign of liver failure. Hepatitis is far more easily transmitted than HIV and injury in healthcare. The need of the hour is that strong proactive steps should be taken by us that can help in prevention of hepatitis virus and making the next generation hepatitis free.”

More than 350 patients benefited from the camp. The camp was a boon especially for poor patients who could not afford the treatment in private hospitals and for those who were not aware of common health problems. Tests, including ECG, blood sugar and BP were conducted. Meanwhile, medicines were distributed to all patients free of cost.



Martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev
Religious fervour engulfs social media
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 1
Besides observing the martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev in traditional ways, residents of the region employed social media and mobile phones for paying tributes to the fifth Sikh Guru.

Besides sharing and tagging pictures of Guru Arjan Dev Ji on various social sites, the disciples of the embodiment of sacrifice exchanged text messages highlighting various historical incidents concerned with the Sikh martyr.

Status message pasted by an anthropologist and AETC Harpinder Singh Ghotra was among best read and shared posts as it provided users an insight into last days of Guru Arjan Dev.

Focussing the text on ideology of Tera Bhana Meetha Lage (Oh God your will is sweet for me), advocated by Guru Ji, Ghotra has portrayed various acts of torture undertaken by Mughal emperors at that time.

Users of social sites commented that the martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev had radically changed the nature of Sikhism to more courageous one. Ghotra maintained that seed of martyrdom which became the heritage of the Sikhs which was sown by Guru Arjan Dev.

Anish Kumar Singla and Sushil Kumar were among those whose posts on the sacrifice of Guru Arjan Dev. Their status updates were further shared and tagged by bank official J Gurbaj Singh and Sushil Kumar. They had tried to depict various episodes with the help of pictures and graphics.

Shaukat Ali and Hamid Mohammad paid respect to Guru Arjan Dev by making phone calls and sending SMSs to their Sikh friends on the occasion.

NRIs did not lag behind in joining their friends and relatives at their native places through status messages and phone calls.



NGO celebrates World Environment Day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 1
Bharat Jan Gyan Vigyan Jathha, a non-governmental organization, today celebrated World Environment Day at Nehru Rose Garden. Manjeet Singh, Commissioner of Municipal Corporation for Zone-C, was the chief guest on this occasion.

Large number of visitors participated in this awareness event. Dr Lakhbir Kaur of Agrometrology Department of Punjab Agricultural University and Dr Arun Mitra, general secretary of the NGO, gave a presentation on Buddha Nullah explaining different aspects.

The NGO also planted six saplings of flowering plants and ensured that these would be taken care of properly so that the visitors who visit here may feel good. Gurcharan Kochhar, member of the NGO, also recited a poem on environment. To make children aware a quiz competition was also organised.



New MC chief joins office
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 1
The new Ludhiana Municipal Corporation Commissioner, Pradeep Aggarwal, took charge at the Zone D office here this evening. It was a hectic Sunday for the new MC chief, as before joining he accompanied a high-level team of officials on a visit to various points along Buddha Nullah and sewage treatment plants in city.

Talking to The Tribune after joining the office, Aggarwal refused to comment on any existing issue.

He, however, appealed to the residents to “kindly cooperate with us and inform us if something illegal is going on in the city”.

He said corruption remained the major issue to be dealt with.

“I want people to be active in the process and bring cases of corruption within the MC to our notice,” said Aggarwal.

The new MC chief said it was his first posting in the area of urban development and he needed some time to thoroughly understand it.

“I need to go through the problems being faced by the office and the city and then prioritise things accordingly. I appeal to the public to pay their dues well in time so that the money can be used for the development of the city,” said the new Commissioner.

When asked about the present financial position of the civic body, Aggarwal said it was too early to say anything.

“I have to settle down and then see what has to be done to strengthen the financial position of the MC. I will try to do my best for the city,” he said.



Knitwear Club holds meeting

Ludhiana, June 1
A meeting of office-bearers of Knitwear Club was held to discuss the present industrial scenario of the state and it was felt that the industry was already facing acute labour shortage to meet the production targets. Now, the Punjab State Power Corporation has imposed a penalty on even small units with effect from 2010.

“This penalty imposition is arbitrary and not in line with the policy and introduced in clandestine manner to harass the MSME units of Punjab, which is trailing in industrial growth and will generate negative sentiments,” said Darshan Dawar, president of Knitwear Club. It was decided that a delegation of the club led by Darshan Dawar will meet Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal to seek his intervention to stop recovery of this unjust penalty from units largely in MSMEs. — TNS



KCW girls shine in BBA III exam results
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 1
Girls of BBA III of Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, have made their mark in the university merit list by securing excellent marks. Neha Kumari has stood third in the university with 81.9 per cent marks while Anikpreet Kaur has bagged the fifth position in the university with 81.6 per cent marks.

Both the students shared that this dream would have been impossible had it not been for the competitive environment provided in the college and the continuous guidance and support of their teachers and college principal.



Make hay while the sun shines

Summers have arrived in full bloom and it is the time when vendors sell fruits such as watermelon, muskmelon, etc make maximum benefits. “During summers it is melon fruits while in winters it is nuts such as peanuts through which we earn a living. During monsoons we switch to corn cobs. Seasons determine our profession. We are like nomads,” says Sawitri, selling melons at a canal side in the city.

Soothing touch

These days when parameters of mercury are on the rise, everyone prefers to save themselves from scorching heat. A few days ago while travelling to a spot I had to stop on the traffic lights near Rose Garden. It was around 2 pm and within no time a large number of vehicles could be seen in long queues. But no one seemed to be in a hurry. I observed that tall trees inside the boundary wall of the PAU campus were providing shadow to all the commuters. And as the red light turned green, all started moving towards their destination. Suddenly, I saw a truck carrying message, ‘Ik rukh sau sukh’. I realised that the quote was actually true.

At the receiving end

Whenever a ‘nagar kirtan’, ‘shobha yatra’ or a procession is taken out on the city roads, the commuters are at the receiving end. Similarly, chaos prevails when protesting groups stage a dharna on busy roads, holding the vehicles and other road users to ransom. Recently, during a nagar kirtan taken out in the old city, hundreds of vehicles were directed and redirected to take alternative routes. Eye witnesses say a vehicle carrying a critically ill patient to a nearby hospital was stuck in the traffic jam for a considerable period of time. Harassed motorists, cycle rickshaw and auto-rickshaw drivers had to take a detour as all roads on the route of the nagar kirtan were closed due to traffic for several hours. It is imperative upon a civilised society to find an amicable and permanent solution to such everyday problems being faced by the entire city population. The administration ought to mobilise citizen groups, social and religious bodies to sit down and achieve a consensus on this so that all such gatherings could be held at open spaces available all over the city without hindering the movement of traffic in the mega city.

Contributed by: Manav Mander, Anupam Bhagria and Kuldip Bhatia



Sports camp

Ludhiana: Bal Bharati Public School organised sports summer camp to give the kids an exciting experience during the summer vacations. The purpose of the camp was to promote cooperation, teamwork and sportsmanship among the children. The camp offered the students an opportunity to explore the outdoors and discover new interests. More than 200 children enrolled themselves for the camp wherein they got the opportunity to learn basic skills of various sports activities such as karate, basketball, swimming, badminton, table tennis, judo and skating. Principal Punam Dogra said games and sports activities instill in the children the spirit of self-confidence, self-reliance, discipline and fair play.

Kids carnival

Ram Lal Bhasin Public School organised a weeklong ‘Blooming Kids Carnival’ for students of Classes Nursery to XI. Around 200 students participated in the carnival that concluded on Saturday. The prize winners of different craft activities were Mariam (Nursery), Harleen (Mont I), Pawleen (Mont II), Gauri (Class I), Jasmine (Class II), Rishamdeep (Class III), Sukhdeep (Class IV), Tavinder Kaur (Class V), Himanshi Gupta (Class VI), Savleen (Class VII) , Gurleen (Class VIII), Gurkamal (Class IX), Abhishek Khosla (Class X) and Neetu (Class XI).

World No Tobacco Day

On the World No Tobacco Day, Ryan International School, Dugri, conducted a programme for its students. Headmistress Ritu Syal said children were the future of India and if they were aware of the tobacco menace, half the battle against the evil was already won.

Orientation programme

An orientation programme was organised for the parents of students of Class VI of BCM School, Dugri. School counsellors Charanjit Kalra and Sukhnandan conducted the programme in which they discussed about various issues related to the CBSE pattern.

Rally against drugs

The NSS volunteers and NCC cadets of SDP Senior Secondary School, Hazuri Road, Ludhiana, organised a rally through Chaura Bazaar to make the public aware of the ill-effects of drugs and tobacco. On this occasion, the students took oath to keep away from drugs.

Pool party

ABC Montessori, BRS Nagar, organised ‘Beat the Heat’ pool party for the kids today. The kids, dressed in swimming costumes, enjoyed themselves.

Financial literacy programme

An awareness programme on Financial Market Management (FMM) was held at BCM Arya School. The programme was organised in collaboration with the CBSE and the National Stock Exchange of India Limited. Thirty principals from various schools benefitted from this awareness programme. School principal Dr Paramjit Kaur deliberated on the importance of financial literacy in schools.

Summer camp

A summer camp organised at Kundan Vidya Mandir, City Campus, concluded on Saturday. The students participated in activities such as yoga, dance, music and cooking in the camp. — TNS



Dengue case

One more patient has been confirmed suffering from Dengue. Twenty-five-year-old male belonging to Chanden Nagar, Ludhiana, is under treatment at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. Now, the total dengue cases diagnosed till date have reached to five out of which two belonged to Ludhiana and three to other districts.

Blood donation camp

A blood donation camp dedicated to the martyrdom day of Guru Arjun Dev was organised at Westend Mall on Sunday. Youth from the city actively participated in the camp and some of those who had come to the mall also donated blood. MLA, Bharat Bhushan Ashu was the chief guest at the occasion. Speaking on the occasion he said that blood donation was the highest way of donation as it can save precious lives. “More and more people should come forward for donating blood and thus saving lives,” he said.

Health camp for children

Footloose, Ludhiana, organised a kidfit bootcamp for children aged till 15. In the bootcamp activities such as zumba fitness zone, yoga stretch, musical aerobics, basketball, boxing, creative hour, fashion show and a healthy food plan were carried on. Professional trainers have been appointed for all the activities headed by Amit Verma.

Scooter rally

Members of the Bharatiya Valmiki Dharam Samaj take out a scooter rally against drug addiction in Ludhiana
Members of the Bharatiya Valmiki Dharam Samaj take out a scooter rally against drug addiction in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

A scooter rally was organised by Bharatiya Valmiki Dharam Samaj to impart the message of ‘Nasha Bhajao, Punjab Bachao’ on Sunday. The rally started from Dr Ambedkar Chowk from Jalandhar Bypass and passed through several parts of the city. The main aim behind holding the rally was to create awareness among youth regarding the drugs. To save the country, we need to save our youth since they are the future of any country, said a member of organisation.

Heart check-up camp

A heart check up camp was organised by Eves Club on Sunday. During the camp, patients were checked for heart ailments and in addition to this various tests and blood pressure, sugar and others were done. Medicines were also given free of cost. — TNS



Man in police net for ‘cheating’ wife
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 1
The NRI police have booked a Guru Gobind Singh Nagar resident for cheating a woman by getting married to her without divorcing his previous wife. Acting on the woman’s complaint, a case was registered against Sukhdev Singh under Sections 376 and 420 of the IPC. His sister Paramjit Kaur was also booked.

The complainant, Kamlesh Rani, said she got married to Sukhdev Singh on May 3, 2010. She alleged the suspect lied to her that he had divorced his previous wife.

Kamlesh said her husband had left for Abu Dhabi and wanted to shift his property in the name of his child from the first wife. She also accused her sister-in-laws, Paramjit Kaur and Guddi, of misbehaving with her and not letting her enter the house. No arrest has been made so far.

False alarm creates panic

The police and bank officials went on an alert while panic spread among passers-by after the alarm of a State Bank of India branch on Rahon Road went off this evening.

The branch manager rushed to the spot after he was informed that the alarm had gone off around 5 pm. Police, too, reached the bank branch, suspecting some miscreant had entered the premises.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Nilambri Jagdale, later clarified that the siren had gone off due to some wiring problem.



Fifth Olympian Prithipal Singh Hockey Festival
See-saw battle ends in Jagtar XI win
Beat Friends Club; with third victory in a row, local outfit reach final-four stage
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 1
In a keenly contested affair, Jagtar XI, Ludhiana, prevailed over Friends Club, Doraha, 4-3 to register their third victory in a row at the ongoing Fifth Olympian Prithipal Singh Hockey Festival.

Doing so, the local outfit also assured themselves a berth in the lst-four stage of the tournament being held at Bibi Surjit Kaur AstroTurf Stadium in Jarkhar near here.

After Friends Club gained an early lead, with Surjit Singh finding the target in the second minute of the encounter, the captain of Jagtar XI, Pargat Singh, restored the parity within five minutes.

In the twelfth minute, Surjit Singh once again sounded the board. In the very next minute, however, the Doraha club squandered away the lead as skipper Pargat Singh pierced through the defence and found the goal keeper on wrong foot.

Just before the lemon break, Friends Club surged ahead once again with Surjit Singh completing his hattrick to make it 3-2.

In the seond half, Jagtar XI went all out for the equaliser and eventually succeeded when Surjit Singh sounded the board. Both teams pressed hard to earn the lead and threatened each others’ territory time and again but fumbled at crucial junctures. With only a few seconds remaining for the long hooter, Maninder Singh Happy of Jagtar XI scored a goal to seal Friends Club’s fate.

The second match played between the current champions, Grewal Club of Kila Raipur, and Sant Fateh Singh Club of Dolan, Jagraon, witnessed a major upset as the former lost it without waging a battle (3-8).

For the winning side, Harpreet Singh and Dharam Singh contributed three goals each while Harmeet Singh accounted for two goals. Sandeep Singh scored a brace and Navjot Singh chipped in with one goal to reduce the margin.

In the third match, Ludhiana Sports Club overwhelmed Akalgarh XI 12-4 to record their first win of the tournament. Lovejeet Singh and Daljeet Singh scored three goals each while captain Harminder Pal Singh and Baldeep Singh contributed two goals each. Sukhpreet Singh and Ramandeep Singh Brar added one goal each to complete the rout.

For the losers, Manjinder Singh and Joginder Singh scored two goals each to salvage some pride for their side.



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