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Police set to rein in illegal autos 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 3
In view of rising crime involving auto-rickshaws, the city traffic police have come up with a plan to eradicate illegal auto-rickshaws from the city. Now, all passenger auto-rickshaws will be registered with the traffic police at Sanjh Kendras.

Higher officials, including the ADCP (Traffic) Gurdeep Singh, DTO Anil Garg, ACP (Traffic) Harjit Singh and SHO (Traffic) Vinod Kumar today held a meeting with the auto-rickshaw operators’ union and discussed the issue of removing illegal auto-rickshaws that are adding to the crime rate in the city.

The officials said an auto-rickshaw operator will have to register his name and the vehicle owner’s name at the Sanjh Kendra. Besides, he has to submit his passport-sized photograph, mobile number, vehicle registration number plate, a copy of the registration certificate and a copy of the address proof at the Sanjh Kendra.

The officials said the auto-rickshaw drivers agreed to join hands with the authorities in eradicating the illegal auto-rickshaws from the city.

“How can we formulate policies related to traffic till we know the number of auto-rickshaws plying in the city? It is good from the security point of view also. Registration of auto-rickshaws will instil confidence in residents. People will not hesitate from travelling by auto-rickshaws during the odd hours,” said Traffic SHO Vinod Kumar.

The police have prepared a form, available at a centralised counter of the traffic police, for distribution among auto-rickshaw drivers across the city.

The drive will help check the number of auto-rickshaws as these cause major traffic bottlenecks in many areas. The police will be able to put a tab on illegal three-wheelers plying on the city roads.

Auto-rickshaw gangs

The brutal murder of banker Pran Ranjan Sinah, who was killed in October 2009, had brought to the fore the presence of such a gang in the city. Police sources said an auto-rickshaw gang was still thriving in the city.

Recent incidents

July 31: The auto-rickshaw gang stole the cash and valuables of Uma Shanker of Uttar Pradesh while he was returning to Ludhiana after visiting his native village.

July 24: The gang stole the purse of an Army man’s wife at Bharat Nagar Chowk.


Tomato prices continue to soar
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 3
Tomato prices continue to remain high at Rs 80 per kg in the retail markets due to short supply.

“The delayed monsoon has resulted in poor supply of tomatoes. We hope the rates will come down by the end of this month,” said the owner of a vegetable and fruit shop at Aggar Nagar.

Meanwhile, the prices of the key kitchen ingredients have remained high as there are almost no supplies from Himachal Pradesh.

“The delayed rains are taking a toll on the kitchen budget with prices of key ingredients doubling in a month. Until last month, the wholesale rate of tomatoes was Rs 20 or Rs 22. Last week, it was between Rs 36 and Rs 40. Now, the rate has shot up to Rs 48. In the retail market, the price ranges between Rs 70 and Rs 80 a kg,” said Surjit Singh, a vegetable wholesaler.

Not many people buy tomatoes these days. If one has to buy them, he or she buys in small quantities, said a vendor at the Civil Lines.

“It is not possible for me to buy tomatoes at such a high price, so I use purée or tamarind. I will wait for the prices to go down. Vegetables are getting too expensive,” said Anu, a homemaker.



long wait for plots
114 allottees seek Dy CM’s intervention
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 3
There seems to be no end to the wait of 114 allottees of residential plots in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar Colony, developed by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT). After moving all quarters concerned with no positive response, the hapless allottees have now sought intervention of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal in the matter.

According to Devinder Rehan, one of the allottees, the LIT had invited applications for residential plots in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar Colony in 1982 and plots measuring 125 square yards each were allotted to these 114 applicants in 1999. However, plots were not handed over to them as the land in question had come under the “jinxed” City Centre project, which stood abandoned now.

After waiting for several years to get alternative plots, the allottees had moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which directed the LIT authorities to allot alternative plots to the applicants. Accordingly, two draw of lots were conducted by the LIT authorities in September and October, 2012, for this purpose.

Rehan said the glimmer of hope for the allottees that they would ultimately get residential plots to build their dream homes proved short-lived as the resolution adopted by the LIT in October 2013 for issuing allotment letters and giving plots to the applicants is still awaiting a nod from the Local Government Department, Punjab.

Rehan, Rajinder Singh, Ranjit Singh, Veena Rani, Gian Kaur and RK Chawla from among the allottees said they had met the Principal Secretary, Local Government, Ashok Kumar Gupta, and the Punjab Local Bodies Minister Anil Joshi to press upon them for the approval of the pending resolution of the LIT without any positive response now.

“We have now sought intervention of the Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal, by sending a representation at his e-mail for dispensation of justice to the 114 allottees of residential plots who were waiting for the last more than 30 years to get what was due to them,” said the allottees.

Rehan said they had received a reply from the Deputy Chief Minister that their complaint had been sent to the department concerned for necessary follow-up action.

The LIT officials said the ball was in the court of the state government (read Local Government Department). “We can proceed to issue allotment letters and hand over plots to the allottees only after the resolution adopted for this purpose is approved by the government, which is a statutory requirement.”



Frequent transfers a blessing in disguise 
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 3
Frequent transfers of government officers in different departments are not only affecting the routine administrative functioning but also giving a tough time to employees and visitors. However, a few officers, who were frequently transferred recently, are not all that unhappy as they got weeks’ leave in this hot and humid weather. An officer gets one-week joining leave in case of transfer.

An officer of a government department said: “A few weeks ago, I was posted outside Ludhiana city. So, I availed myself of one-week joining leave. Now that I have been transferred back, I will get the one-week joining leave again. Indeed, it is difficult to cop with frequent transfers but now I have started enjoying it as I got two-week leave (joining period) in this hot and humid weather”.

Another officer, who has been transferred out of the district, said: “We are here to serve the government. Frequent transfers of officers affect the whole administrative functioning.”

Commenting on the crisis caused by frequent transfers, an officer said: “I have been transferred thrice in the past four months. The only good thing came out of this is that I got enough time (four-week joining leave) to meet my friends and relatives whom I met many years ago.”

Employees find it difficult to understand the working style of officers in short periods. Whenever an officer is transferred, visitors have to again discuss their whole case or problem with the new officer and their works get delayed.

Interestingly, non-governmental organizations, which plan to invite officers as chief guests on their Independence Day functions are a confused lot. The president of an NGO said: “We finalised the name of our chief guest twice but both of them got transferred. Now, we have decided against inviting any of the officers as chief guests and requested a social activist to be our chief guest.”



Snake-bite incidents on the rise; 7 cases reported at Civil Hospital in a week 
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 3
With the onset of the monsoon, the incidents of snake bite in and around the city are on the rise. Seven cases of snake bite have been reported at the Civil Hospital while other hospitals are also receiving such cases daily. The staff of Ambulance 108 said they had ferried many victims of snake bite to the hospital.

“Seven snake-bite cases were received last week. The hospital is fully equipped to deal with such cases,” said a Senior Medical Officer, Civil Hospital, Dr RK Karkara.

Snake-bite cases need immediate attention. The right anti-venom can save a person’s life. Bites by non-venomous snakes can be exceptionally painful and can become infected, said Dr Karkara.

In July, August and September, snake-bite incidents are reported after rain. Reptiles get displaced from their natural habitat following heavy rain. They try to take shelter in airy and dry places like thick wild shrubs, trees, flower pots, garden hedges and buildings where they also find insects to feed on. Moreover, the monsoon is also the breeding season for reptiles and during this period they become very aggressive.

“The symptoms of a venomous bite are the puncture wounds, swelling and pain, and possibly nausea followed by vomiting. Other symptoms include difficulty in breathing and swallowing. If the victim turns out to be especially allergic or if too much venom gets into the system, symptoms could also include weakness and discoloration of the face and the area around the wound,” said Dr RS Sidhu.

Dos and don’ts

  • Immobilise the bitten arm or leg, and stay as quiet as possible.
  • Remove jewellery before swelling starts
  • Position yourself so that the bite is at or below the level of heart
  • Cleanse wound but don’t flush it with water. Cover it with dry dressing
  • Apply a splint to reduce movement of the affected area but keep it loose enough so as not to restrict the blood flow
  • Don’t use a tourniquet or apply ice on the wound
  • Don’t cut the wound or attempt to remove the venom
  • Don’t drink caffeine or alcohol
  • Don’t try to capture the snake but try to remember its colour and shape, which will help in your treatment
  • Seek immediate medical attention, especially if the area changes colour, begins to swell or is painful

Patients can claim treatment expenses

One can claim expenses on the entire treatment of a snake-bite victim from the Forest Department. “One has to submit an application to the department with medical bills. Bills are reimbursed after verification,” said District Forest Officer DS Brar. The department has received three applications so far. If somebody spots a snake, he can contact the department, which will send volunteers to catch it.

Not all snakes are venomous

Most of the snakes found in the city are non-poisonous. Four venomous species found here are Russel’s viper, common cobra, saw-scaled viper and common krait. 



widening of National Highway
Slow pace of work irks commuters
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, August 3
Much to the disappointment of commuters, the work of widening road at National Highway 1 is going on at a snail’s pace. The month of March, next year, has been set as the deadline for the completion of the work. The authorities are, however, in no hurry to ease the trouble of commuters anytime soon.

Residents of Doraha, Sahnewal and the adjoining villages are allegedly being forced to pay through the nose for the ongoing project of road widening on National Highway 1.

“We are literally fed up of this road widening project. We are completely clueless about which route we should take as the overbridges are still under construction and the under ways have been rendered pathless,” rued a social worker at Doraha.

“The deadline for the work i.e. March 31, 2015, seems to make no difference to the contractor. Now when the legal obstructions have been cleared, what are the authorities waiting for. If now the excuse is the rainy season, after a few months it will be the

cold conditions. And the situation shall continue the same and the work will then remain unfinished for years altogether,” complained Harbans Singh Sains from Sahnewal.

“It has now been more than 10 years that the public has been paying exorbitant toll but the woes of the commuters have multiplied ever since. It is a shame that the consequent governments and local MLAs are maintaining silence in this regard,” rued Jandeep Kaushal, a social worker.

The work on the overbridges is still pending. Residents of the nearby localities are also a harried lot. The failure of the drainage system of the National Highway has made the lives of the commuters all the more miserable.

Although the overbridge is operational at Sahnewal but, it lacks necessary supports. Also, the ones passing from the area have to go through a harrowing time especially when it rains.

Spokesperson Soma, isolux, said, “Safety of the commuters is our utmost priority and we are committed towards completing the work on the highway. As the rainfall is expected to increase in the coming months, maintenance works are in progress at all vital locations on priority basis. We have also finished works on other flyovers and opened a few for public recently.” 



Social bodies, administration to jointly combat drug menace
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh /Raikot/ Payal, August 3
Constituents of various social, constitutional and educational organisations have joined hands with the Administration to combat drug addiction and drug peddling.

An oath was taken in response to a call made by the Ludhiana, Ludhiana (Rural) and the Khanna police during functions organised by the Community Police Centres at Dehlon and Raikot, respectively, today.

Amarjit Singh and Pritpal Singh Mangat, DCPOs, Ludhiana and Jagraon, respectively, and DSP Balwinder Singh Bhikhi led officials of the Community Policing Wing of the Punjab Police in administering oath at Dehlon, Raikot and Payal, respectively. The SDM, Rakesh Kumar Popli, presided over the function at Raikot. Students of Government Senior Secondary School, Dehlon, Dasmesh Public Senior Secondary School, Kaind, Raikot Public School and Swami Ganga Giri College for Women presented skits, songs and choreographies highlighting causes and consequences of the drug addiction. 
Speakers including SHO, Dehlon, Amandeep, in charge Jagtar Singh, Sukhbir Singh, inspector Kulwant and SMO Dr Jasvir Singh cautioned parents against the ill-effects of ignoring lifestyle of their wards. Staff of the State Bank of India, led by Mohit Jindal, organised a special awareness camp during the function. 



Bihar MLA meets kidnapped girl’s parents 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 3
Rameshwar Chourasia, BJP MLA from Bihar, today visited Tibba Road and met the migrant family whose daughter was kidnapped three months ago.
Chourasia hinted that the kidnapping of the 15-year-old girl could be a handiwork of an organised gang.

The girl was reportedly kidnapped by a youth on May 18 when she was going towards the railway station along with her parents. The police had also registered a kidnapping case against the unidentified for the purpose of marriage. But there has been no clue of the girl since then.

Sources said the girl was taken to Bihar. “I have come here on a personal visit since the girl’s father was living in my neighbourhood in Bihar. I have told them if they think the girl was kept in Bihar as a hostage, they should visit the place and the culprits should be arrested,” said Chourasia.

“I have also learnt that the girl was kidnapped in April by a woman named Jyoti. When the family had raised the issue, the girl was rescued. In such a case, the involvement of an organised gang cannot be ruled out,” said Chourasia.



ludhiana scan
Principals felicitated

The principal of Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana, Sister Chantal has been awarded with Punjab Ratan award during the 33rd annual function of the All-India conference of Intellectuals at DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh. She has been awarded for the achievements in CBSE. 

Sushil Malhotra, national secretary of the All-India conference of the Intellectuals, said the principal of Everest School, Ludhiana, Dheeraj Sharma, has also been awarded with the same award for achievements in the Punjab School Education Board.

Parbhat pheri

Vidya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan organised a parbhat pheri for clean and green environment under the name-My earth, my responsibility-at Karamsar colony, Tibba Road, on Sunday. The volunteers were holding banners and were raising slogans and singing songs related to environment. The parbhat pheri was held under the leadership of Swami Vikasanand.

Eye camp

Dayanand Medical College and Hospital conducted a free-of-cost eye check up camp at Gurudwara Sadh Sangat Haibowal on Sunday. Dr Sumeet Chopra, associate professor, Eye Department, examined more than 150 patients. About 30 patients were selected for cataract surgery which will be done at concessional rates at the DMCH.

Teej celebrated

The lady lawyers of District Courts, Ludhiana, celebrated teej festival at a hotel here. More than 60 lady lawyers were present on the occasion. On this occasion, the newly- wedded lady lawyers were gifted phulkaris as a token of love by senior advocate Sita Verma, senior advocate Sashi Saini and senior advocate Harsimrat Kaur. The function was hosted by advocate Harjot Kaur. The whole function was organised by advocate Rupila Mohini, advocate Neena Gupta, advocate Manmeet Kaur and advocate Renu Bhanot. Advocates Balraj Kaur, Sunpreet Kaur, Nisha and Aditi presented performances. — TNS



Police thwart teachers’ march
Seeking regularisation of services, over 700 teachers from across the state gather in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 3
The police thwarted teachers’ attempt to hold a protest march in the city today.
Over 700 members of the ‘3422 Adhyapak Union’ gathered at Dana Mandi to protest against the state government today.

They demanded regularisation and rationalisation of teaching jobs.

However, about 300-strong police personnel surrounded the teachers at Dana Mandi and did not let them carry out the protest march.

Manpreet Singh from Barnala, a member of the union, said teachers have been demanding regularlisation of their services for a long time, as they have been getting only about Rs 10,000 for the past three years. He said, “At the time of hiring us, we were offered a contract salary of more than Rs 14,000. Later, the Civil Services Act was brought in, under which the salary was reduced. The Act was repealed in July 2011.” “Although other government departments have regularised the employees they hired on contract, we have been left out. We have passed the teacher’s eligibility test (TET), but we are not being regularised,” he said.

He added that they had gathered to demand a panel discussion with the Chief Minister. “We were not allowed to carry out even a peaceful march, which is our right. It is a violation of human rights,” he said.

The police, however, said the teachers had threatened to block the road and cause traffic jam, so force in large numbers had to be called to prevent their move.



from Schools
Dugri school students send love bands to soldiers

Ludhiana: BCM School, Dugri, became a part of the nationwide ‘Bharat Raksha Parv’ organised by a national Hindi daily newspaper. The students of Classes VI-X zealfully prepared Rakhis, greeting cards and posters. The handicraft and items made by children will be delivered to soldiers on the Siliguri border through a special truck, ‘Raksha Rath’, on the eve of Raksha Bandhan. School principal Dr Vandna Shahi remarked, “Communal harmony is an essential requirement of the society today.”

Students visit old-age home

To inculcate the value of respecting grandparents, students of GMT International Public School, Kakowal, were taken on a visit to Ganga Dham Vridh Ashram. The visitors met elderly spending their twilight years in an old-age home despite having their families. Moved by the inmates’ sorrow, students took pledge to always respect and take care of their parents and grandparents.

Declamation contest

Thirty-nine schools from across the city took part in Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Punjabi Declamation competition held in two categories at Jesus’ Sacred Heart School here. The category one was open for students of Classes IX to XII while the category B was for students of Classes VI to VIII. The winner of the category A contest was Parneet Kaur (Greenland School) followed by Khwahish Sharma (DCM Presidency) and Gursimran Kaur (GNI Public School). Appreciation prize went to Gursimranjit Singh of Guru Nanak Public School. The winner of the category B was Inderpreet Singh (Springdale Public School) followed by Rashmeet kaur (GGN Public School) and Ninaad (DAV Public school, BRS Nagar). The appreciation prize went to Sukriti Kaur of Guru Nanak Public School. Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, bagged the overall trophy.

Bal Bharati Public School celebrates friendship

Bal Bharati Public School celebrated the Friendship Day to acknowlege the value of trust and sharing among children. Students of pre-nursery and montessary I and II were motivated to make cards to share the joy of happiness with their peers. Later, they exchanged these bonds of togetherness with each other. Principal Punam Dogra said while interacting with friends, children learn many social skills, such as how to communicate, cooperate and solve problems.

Patriotic poem recitation

To inculcate patriotism and nationalism among students, a patriotic poem recitation competition was held at Tagore Public School, Aggar Nagar. Tiny-tots recited poems using props. School principal D Narang encouraged the participants. The competition was held for two categories of students. Ishpreet Kaur stood first in the competition for UKG students. She was followed by Ekjot Kaur and Ishmeet Singh. In the nursery and LKG category, Diljaanveer stood first, Khushal Sharma second and Avleen Kaur third. Hargundeep Singh won a consolation prize. Winners were awarded certificates.

Rakhi-making competition

Ram Lal Bhasin Public School, Dugri, Phase I, organised a rakhi-making competition on the school campus on Sunday. Sudents from Classes I to XI took part in the contest with a competitive spirit. The choice of the material used for rakhis was admirable. First three winners from each class were felicitated. — TNS



Govt selling pipedreams, chance of realisation bleak

Residents of the industrial hub of the state have now come to believe that the tall claims of the government functionaries to give the city a new look and chalk out ambitious projects for urban infrastructure development are nothing but pipe dreams with a little, if any, chance of becoming a reality. 

Broken and pot-holed roads, supply of contaminated drinking water, inadequate sewerage network, absence of storm water drains in most localities, the announcement of mega projects like “Mission Ludhiana” only mock at the government’s claims. The power that be ought to realise that people are fed up with “unfunded political promises” and want some real development to begin.

Traditions revived

With the month of “saawan” going on, many clubs in the city are celebrating Teej festivals. Recently during celebrations at one of the clubs, an elderly woman, who was seemingly not impressed with the dull and drab events, invited all the members to the dance floor. Going by the traditions related to the festival, the club members danced to the tunes of punjabi folk songs and performed giddha. The atmosphere took altogether a different turn and at the end, the members paid gratitude to the woman for what they termed as revival of cultural heritage.

Salute to Army men’s grit

In this hot and humid weather, everyone wants to travel with comfort while the men in olive greens sacrifice their convenience in the service of the nation. At Domoria Bridge (a railway underpass), a military train carrying equipment and guarded by soldiers was a scene to reflect upon. Braving the simmering heat of August, soldiers dressed up in complete Army uniform were keeping an eagle’s eye on the environs around. It reminds one of a quote: “They said I could do any thing, so I became a soldier”. Salutes to the Army personnel’s spirit of patriotism.

Contributed by Manav Mander, Kuldip Bhatia and Anupam Bhagria



Teej: School students soak in spirit of swing
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 3
Schools across the city are holding functions to celebrate Teej these days.
Schools wear a festive look with students coming in bright traditional attire and taking part in celebrations with enthusiasm. 

They perform folk dances and sing songs. While they enjoy the activities held on the occasion, they are also acquainted with the traditions and culture of Punjab.

GNPS, Mullanpur

Girl students of senior classes of Guru Nanak Public School, Mullanpur, celebrated the festival of Teej with enthusiasm. Phulkaries, charkhas, hand-held fans and scenes showing rich Punjabi culture gave a festive look to the school. Nirmal Kaur and Raman Grewal, accompanied by school principal Baljit Kaur Jawanda, judged events at a cultural programme, including giddha, boliyan, folk songs, bhangra and other folk dances. Girls enjoyed swings set up at the school on the occasion. Balpreet Kaur of Class XII-C won the 'Miss Teej' title. Simranjit Kaur was the first runner-up followed by Amandeep Kaur and Amanpreet Kaur. Ramanjot Kaur won the Miss Beautiful Smile title while the title of Miss Beautiful Eye was won by Taranjot Kaur. Paramveer Kaur was adjudged Miss Beautiful Hair. In the junior wing, Gurveer Singh of Class V-B won the title of 'Gabru Punjab Da' and Mehatab Kaur of Class IV-A won the title of 'Miss Teej'.

Police DAV Public School

Joy and fervour marked Teej celebrations at Police DAV Public School, Police Lines, Civil Lines, Ludhiana. Attired in beautiful traditional Punjabi outfits, primary section students charmed everyone. They participated in the celebrations with enthusiasm and tapped their feet to the tunes of the popular folk songs. They enjoyed swings decorated with fresh flowers. Later, they relished rice pudding (kheer) and malpuras. School principal Dr Anu Verma stressed upon the need of celebrating such festivals so as to acquaint the students with their culture and traditions.

MGM Public School

MGM Public School, Dugri, celebrated Teej with great fervour. Dressed in traditional Punjabi attires, tiny-tots danced and sang songs. The titles, 'Punjabi Mutiyaar' and 'Punjabi Gabru', were bestowed on students of the primary section on the basis of their dresses and performances. During the morning assembly, school principal Poonam Sharma apprised students of the Punjabi culture and traditions.

Blossoms Convent School

Pre-primary kindergarden section and senior section of Blossoms Convent School, Leelan Megh Singh Jagraon, celebrated Teej on the school campus. Dressed in colourful traditional attires, students performed giddha and enjoyed swings.

BCM School, Dugri

Tiny-tots of BCM School, Dugri, welcomed the monsoon with a great fervour. Students of pre-primary wing celebrated Teej with pomp and show. Attired in a traditional manner, they sang folk songs and also performed traditional dances, giddha and bhangra. Later, they feasted upon 'kheer' and 'poore'.

Saraswati Model Senior Secondary School

Saraswati Modern Senior Secondary School, Hambran Road, also celebrated Teej with the campus wearing a festive look. During the morning assembly, students were apprised of the significance of Teej. Harsheel of Class VIII recited a poem highlighting the emotions attached to the festival. Tiny tots of the KG wing were dressed in traditional Punjabi attire. They performed giddha and relished savoury dishes. 



Poets share thoughts about drought
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 3
Over 25 poets expressed their thoughts about drought through “Soka Kavi Darbar” organised by the Punjabi Likhari Sabha at the Punjabi Bhawan here.

During the event, the poets presented their works related to the month of “saawan”. Through their poems, they highlighted the reasons behind environmental changes that the planet Earth is witnessing. From man-made disasters to natural calamities, the poets tried to touch upon each aspect of the environmental degradation.

The changing tradition of month of “saawan” was also conveyed through poetry. Kamal Sidhu, who is settled in Canada, sent his Punjabi poem on the theme, which was recited during the session.

Among those who recited their creations at the event were Karamjeet Grewal, Gurcharan Kaur Kochhar, Shivraj, Paramjeet Mehak, Janmeja Johal, Tarlochan Jhande and Tarsem Noor.



DMCH wins Haematocon

Ludhiana, August 3
The Department of Pathology at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) organised a state round of the ‘Haematocon-2014’ today.

The participants were from five different medical colleges of the state, including the DMCH and the Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, the Government Medical College, Patiala, the Government Medical College, Amritsar, and Shri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Amritsar.

Dr Vikram Narang from the Department of Pathology and Dr Shruti Kakkar from the Department of Paediatrics conducted the quiz today. After a total of six rounds, the team from the DMCH was adjudged the winner followed by the Government Medical College, Patiala.

The winning and runner-up teams were given certificates by vice-principal Dr Sandeep Puri and Dr Harmesh Singh Bains, professor and head, Paediatrics. — TNS



Better Ludhiana-loose power cables
Wires weave a death web
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 3
These are like the Sword of Damocles that can fall on anybody, any time. Although criminals are consigned to such treatment and death due to electrocution, because of the negligence of the authorities, innocent people and children have to suffer such an unfortunate death.

Loose electricity wires jutting out of poles, hanging power cables, mangled webs of wires in the old city area are ubiquitous. These are there for all to see, but curiously, these seem to escape the attention of the authorities. The absence of alacrity by the authorities in fixing these is astonishing. These can sting and kill any time, the moment these become loose or naked.

Recently, Shilpa Munda died on the spot after coming in contact with a high-tension wire on a footpath in Sita Nagar. A man got electrocuted while whitewashing a house about three days ago. There is no end to such tales of death that have been happening over the years.

It is particularly dangerous during the rainy season as walls coming in contact with high-tension wires become dangerous. The entire waterlogged area can become turn into a grave, if electric current passes though the water. Recently, two workers in a factory died after they stepped into water accumulated in a factory after rainfall.

Amarjit Singh, a resident, said: “The frequency with which the electrocutions and such events have taken place is shocking, but there are no statements from the administration or the government of either taking the responsibility or advising and carrying out campaigns for residents to take precautions, particularly during the rainy season.”

Many incidents don’t even reach the official records and often go unnoticed. Potholes on roads can turn even more fatal during the rainy season. Last year, 17-year-old Mansimran Kaur lost her life after falling off her scooter and coming in contact with power cables.

Vijay, a resident of the CMC area, said a four-year-old boy was electrocuted after he leaned against a wall that had a loose high-tension power cable over it. “The administration and the government need to make the power system totally invisible and underground. There should never be a loose wire,” he said.

Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said, “Although the maintenance of such wires lies with the PSPCL, still many a time, residents themselves are at fault for such incidents. For example, buildings are made on unauthorised land, that are sometimes near high-tension wires. As far as loose wires are concerned in areas falling under the MC, the officials regularly check these, but if people come across any such wires in any area, they must inform us and we’ll get them repaired or fixed,” he said. Chief Engineer Rachhpal Singh echoed this saying most of the deaths due to electrocution recently happened because of the mistakes of people themselves.



Increase in ESI ceiling limit put off 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 3
The enhancement of ESI ceiling from Rs 15,000 to 25,000 has been deferred. The decision was taken during the 162nd meeting of the ESI Corporation by the Minister of Labour and Employment and chairman of the ESI Corporation, Narinder Tomar.

The issue was raised by the Federation of Association of Small Industries of India at a meeting. It was stated that facilities in the ESI dispensaries and hospitals was not up to the mark.

The ESI Corporation has also adopted the report of the Medical Services and Medical Education Committee.

With the adoption of the report, a high-level committee will be formed under the Principal Secretary, Labour/Health, of every state and the committee will have the power to spend up to Rs 5 crore on the repair of hospitals and Rs 50 lakh on the repair of dispensaries.

The upper limit of super speciality treatment will be Rs 10 lakh.

“All dispensaries will be repaired and upgraded within six months. The referral to the hospitals from the dispensaries now will be online. The committee may empanel or remove the empanelled Hospital on the basis of their performance,” said Badish Jindal, member of the ESIC committee.

Other important decisions

  • Vacant seats will be filled within six months.
  • Super-speciality doctors will be hired on a contractual basis.
  • Cities with 1 lakh employee population will have 100-bedded hospitals.
  • 500-bedded hospitals will have blood bank/MRI/CT scan facilities.
  • All dispensaries will have normal testing facilities.
  • The grievance mechanism will be created online for 24 hours.
  • Dependants or families of employees can avail treatment at any place.
  • All hospitals will have token-vending machines.
  • There will be periodic check-up of all employees.
  • AYUSH will be made more effective in hospitals.



Health officials survey 371 houses 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 3
Dr Anil Verma, District Epidemiologist, along with two teams, surveyed 371 houses, covering a population of 1,794 in Ranjit Nagar, Muslim Colony Sherpur.

“No case of diarrhoea was reported. Two cases of fever surfaced. Thirteen group meetings were held. Around 230 chlorine tablets and 40 ORS packets were distributed. Blood slides were made. People were sensitised against water-borne and vector-borne disease,” added Dr Verma. The Health Department has been putting in efforts to contain the spread of diarrhoea. Water contamination is stated to be the reason behind the outbreak. Those with symptoms of diarrhoea should be taken to the nearest hospital/dispensary.

keep diarrhoea at bay

  • Drink boiled water
  • Increase fluid intake
  • Do not eat overripe fruits
  • Do not eat uncovered food items
  • Wash hands before having meals
  • Check water accumulation



A bond, like no other 
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 3
Social media has replaced greeting cards and SMSes. Today being the Friendship Day, the sites were flooded with posts and pictures.

Most of the posts were tinged in social and religious tincture. Contents of texts conveyed varied connotations.

Contents of a card shared by Ayush Hind, a teenager, were liked by most of his friends on a social site. Besides portraying a couple of youths playing, with the sun setting in the 
background, the post claimed to decipher the meaning of letters forming the word — friend.

In a world of fading grammar, the post elaborated FRIEND as ‘few relations in (on) earth never die’.

Ayush’s post was shared by his Facebook friends.

Rajni Jain Arya, a religious singer and a social activist, remembered his son on the day.

Manish Goyal, a resident of the Green Avenue area, and Vikram Joshi from ward number 12, posted collages of photographs of their contemporary friends in their best spirits.

A Zimbabwean proverb depicting sincerity as major element between true friends was also appreciated by a large number of subscribers on social media. “Between true friends even water drunk together is sweet enough,” read a post.

Another quote stated: “Friendship” is a special and sacred bond that humans share with a person who is not related to them by blood.”

Essence of the word friendship was also interpreted through mythological and religious notions.

Pictures showing Lord Krishna serving his poor friend Sudama and hugging his other commoner friends were circulated. “A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future and accepts you the way you are,” was quoted as a tribute to true friendship. 



He wants to nip drug addiction in the bud 
Our Correspondent

Khushfateh Singh Sikand
Khushfateh Singh Sikand

Dehlon, August 3
Shuttler Khushfateh Singh Sikand is on a mission. He wants to wage a war against drug addiction.
Upset over reports of sportspersons falling prey to drug addiction and doping, Khushfateh mulls joining organised movements launched by social organisations and the administration against the evil.

Khushfateh, along with his fellow sportspersons, has drafted a programme to spread awareness at educational institutions through matches. “We can put in efforts to rid the state of the social evil,” said Khushfateh Sikand while addressing a gathering during a seminar on drug addiction. Khushfateh said a large number of students had spoilt their lives. “Most of them are hostellers,” he said.

His father ACP Gurpreet Singh Sikand was the driving force, he said. “He is also fighting the evil and has always been an inspiration,” he said. Khushfateh has won a number of tournaments. He stood out in the recently held championship in Ludhiana. “Youngsters should avoid bad company,” said Sikand. He met students of Victoria Public Senior Secondary School, Lehra, MGMN Senior Secondary School, Ahmedgarh, and local government schools .



AAP goes the green way, plants saplings, cleans city 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 3
An initiative of the Aam Aadmi Party, “Clean and Green Ludhiana” is launching a vigorous campaign to clean solid waste garbage in the city in coordination and with the help of A2Z garbage collection company.

To help reduce the problems of pollution and unhealthy living conditions, the party volunteers led by HS Phoolka, organised a cleanliness drive at Sunet level-crossing, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Ludhiana. A long stretch was cleaned. To provide more relief to residents of the surrounding areas, a plantation drive was also carried out to make the area aesthetically appealing and healthier.

Phoolka said, “The Municipal Corporation of Ludhiana has utterly failed to provide clean and healthy living conditions to the residents. Besides being eyesores, garbage is causing all sorts of pollution in the city. Especially during the rainy season, solid waste leads to serious health problems as is evident by the recent outbreak of gastro-related diseases in the Prakash Nagar area of Jawaddi. We, the party volunteers, will be organising many more such drives to make Ludhiana a liveable city.”




Road to Mandi Gobindgarh is commuters' nightmare

I travel from Ludhiana to Mandi Gobindgarh and back everyday. Enroute, I come across as many as 11 bridges, the construction of which was left in between two years ago. The GT road on has seven incomplete bridges while the Sidhwan Canal bypass road has four bridges that are considered as “under-construction” These half-built bridges have added to the woes of the residents of Ludhiana, Doraha, Khanna and Mandi Gobindgarh towns. 

The narrow bylanes are broken and potholed. Commuters face tough time using these roads. The problem aggravates during rains when these rainwater accummulates in the pits. Oftenly, vehicles get stuck in pits and result in traffic congestion. Owing to broken roads, travel time between the two town has nearly doubled. Notably, the broken roads have proven to be the cause of serious accidents in the past. Two or three accidents take place on the stretch almost daily. Occasionally, one notices vehciles stranded due to broken axle or a flattened tyre. The bridges are supposed to be completed by contractors but they have left them half complete. The government too has failed to take a corrective action and get the work done. May be the contractor and the government officials do not have to travel on these route and hence, don’t face the difficulties that commuters go through. The bridges should be completed at the earliest and the roads be recarpeted to end the commuters’ woes.
Dr D S Grewal,

Discourage begging

Begging is a big blot on the society’s face and needs to be discouraged. Serving meals to beggars encourages even able-bodied persons to shun hard work. Ask any beggar to accompany you for simple labour work, he will refuse. Let us not encourage begging by organising langars in parks or shrines. What we can do for them is donate for their or their family’s progress in society like funding education of their children or making donation for the marriage of their daughters. The district administration should brainstorm and find a solution to the menace of begging. Efforts on its part will help better the image of the district as a whole.
Dr (Prof) YP Gupta, Ludhiana

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Two more murder accused arrested
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 3
Two more persons were arrested in connection with the murder of Jaspreet Singh Bawa. The accused, identified as Harish Kumar and Shelly, were arrested this evening.

As many as six persons have been arrested in the murder case so far. Bawa (35) was stabbed 26 times with an ice-pick during a brawl outside Pandit Prantha Wala eatery on Chauri Sarak on the night of May 27. He had succumbed to injuries on June 6.

Four booked in abetment to suicide case

The police have booked four persons after an old man, who was assaulted four days ago, committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan.

The victim has been identified as Sarabjit Singh. A case under Section 306 of the IPC for abetment to suicide has been registered against Shammi Pradhan, Pawan Kumar and two others on the complaint of victim’s son Gagandeep Singh.

Gagandeep Singh said his father was assaulted by the accused on July 31. He was admitted to the Civil Hospital. Yesterday, Sarabjit was discharged from the hospital. On reaching home, he locked himself in a room and committed suicide. Gagandeep said the utter humiliation of being thrashed forced his father to commit suicide.

Theft at house

Thieves struck at a house in Sarabha Nagar and decamped with valuables. Amarjit Kaur said her husband Gurpreet Singh had left the house in the morning. When she returned home in the afternoon, she was shocked to find the house ransacked. The accused sedated her pet, she said.



Khanna girl makes it to Asian karate meet
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khanna, August 3
Harmanpreet Kaur, a resident of Khanna, and a student of AS College, Khanna, has brought laurels to the city. She has been selected to participate in the Asian Karate Championship-2014 at Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) from August 7 to 10.

Harmanpreet is the third player of the Khanna Karate Centre to be participating in the championship. Earlier, Gurpreet Singh and Simmi Batta of the centre were selected to participate in the championship.

The president of the Punjab Karate Association, Inderveer Sharma, chairman Sanjay Sharma and general secretary Rajesh Joshi (Punjab Police), Khanna, disclosed the information here today.

Hamanpreet Kuar has won gold medal for seven times in the Punjab State Karate Championship and for five times in National and All-India Karate Championship.



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