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Commuters held to ransom
Residents block National Highway-1 for two hours; seek action against liquor vendor
Charanjeet Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Residents of Bokar Dogran village protest on National Highway-1.
Residents of Bokar Dogran village protest on National Highway-1. Tribune Photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, August 8
Upset over police inaction, residents of Bokar Dogran village near Ladhowal blocked National Highway-1 this morning. Commuters remained stuck in traffic jams for two hours. It took officials four hours to regulate the traffic flow.

The commuters had to face a tough time reaching their respective destinations. Long queues of vehicles were seen on the stretch leading from Ladhowal Chowk to Tiger Safari. The blockade was lifted following ACP Gurpreet Singh Sikand’s assurance.

The residents lamented that the police were not acting against a liquor vendor.

Last evening, two groups clashed in the village. The protesters said the vendor thrashed a villager, Kamaldeep Singh, following which the clash took place. Village sarpanch Kashmiri Lal alleged that two police officials visited the village, but did not take action against the vendor. He said the accused had bribed the police officials.

SHO Hardeep Singh said he had summoned both the groups, but before reaching the police station, they entered into a scuffle. On being asked about the corruption charge, the SHO said the officials did not take any bribe.

One of the complainants Kashmiri Lal stated that 10 persons belonging to the rival group, attacked him with sharp-edged weapons. He said Vijay Kumar, Dawarka Das, Jodh Kumar Ninder Kumar and Bhajani inflicted injuries on Inderjeet and Rakesh, adding that they also pelted stones at his house.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Singh Sikand said, “We are probing the matter. The injured have been sent to he hospital. The guilty will not be spared.”


PSPCL puts residents' patience to test 
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 8
Power supply remained suspended for several hours following a snag in 220 KV Lalton Kalan sub-station today.

Residents in the affected areas said they had to sweat it out in the extremely hot and humid weather condition for more than four hours.

In many households, inverters stopped working and the harried residents kept calling the complaint offices and the customer care centre of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) to know the reason for the disruption and approximate time that the restoration would take.

As the water supply network of the Municipal Corporation (tubewells and submersible pumps) is directly dependent on the power supply, people in the affected localities had to go without water as well in the afternoon.

PSPCL officials said jumper wires at 220 KV Lalton Kalan sub-station had burnt down, with the result that one circuit feeding Hambran sub-station, which supplied power to nearly 20 per cent of the city localities, was rendered non-operational. As the second circuit on 220 KV line between the two sub-stations got overloaded, it also blew out.

The officials said one circuit at Lalton Kalan sub-station feeding Hambran sub-station was restored after about 45 minutes while it took nearly four hours to rectify the damaged jumpers and restore the second circuit. “The supply to some of the areas was restored in about an hour while in the remaining areas, power was restored after 2 pm,” they added.

Meanwhile, people in the affected areas kept fuming and fretting due to power disruption, more so because they were completely in the dark about the reason for such a long spell of outage.

“The complaint centre or the customer care cell of the PSPCL had no idea about the snag or the approximate time for the restoration of the supply. Their response was vague at best, or rude in some cases which added to our misery in such unfavourable weather conditions,” said Tarlochan Singh, a resident of Civil Lines.



After diarrhoea, typhoid goes viral
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 8
The city is in the grip of typhoid and viral fever. Experts held change of weather responsible for the rise in infectious diseases.

Dr Kanwal Maseeh, Medical Superintendent, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, said, “Last week, more than 250 patients with viral fever came to the hospital. We have received four-five cases of typhoid in one week.” He said residents should avoid eating at roadside eateries.

More and more residents are complaining of high fever, chest infection and cough. Dr Tarun Bajaj, Medical Superintendent, Gurdev Hospital, said, “We attend to 20-25 patients every day.”

Children are also falling prey to infectious diseases. Dr Daljit Singh, principal, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, said, “Residents should stop using air-conditioners as the weather is changing.” He said: “Five to 10 cases of typhoid keep pouring in every week.”

Preventive measures

  • Wash your hands: Frequent hand-washing is the best way to control infection. Wash your hands thoroughly with hot, soapy water, especially before eating or preparing food and after using the toilet.
  • Avoid drinking untreated water: Contaminated drinking water is a particular problem in areas where typhoid is endemic. For that reason, drink only bottled water or canned or bottled carbonated beverages.
  • Avoid raw fruits and vegetables: Avoid fruits and vegetables that you can't peel, especially lettuce. Choose hot foods. Avoid food that's stored or served at room temperature. Steaming hot food is the best.

Two vaccines are available

  • One is injected in a single dose about two weeks before exposure.
  • One is given orally in four capsules.
  • The vaccines are not 100 per cent effective. Immunisations need to be repeated as vaccine effectiveness diminishes over time.



Tying the thread of love and faith
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 8
They love each other for a reason, and the reason is love. With Raksha Bandhan falling this Sunday (August 10), the city is all set to celebrate the special bond.

Rakhis and other things related to the festival bedeck markets. Akriti, a resident, said she bought several rakhis for her brother and cousins.

This time, make-it-yourself rakhi kits too are gaining popularity.

“There is always a craze among children to create things on their own. They can design rakhis the way they want,” said Vijay Kumar from Oswal Stationery.

Rakhi is a symbol of affection. Weaving the thread is like getting submerged in love.

“When I told my brother that I am making a rakhi for him, he seemed surprised and said he was looking forward to getting it tied,” she said.

“I think making rakhis involves your creativity and enhances that art and craft skills as well. So this time, I got a rakhi kit for my daughter rather than a ready-made rakhi. Now, it is up to her to put the different decorative elements in different layers and create her own new designer rakhi,” said Meenakshi, a resident. 



Jewellery worth Rs 1 lakh stolen
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 8
Thieves took away a bag containing gold jewellery and cash from a car at J Block of BRS Nagar this evening.

Complainant Arvinderpal Singh, a resident of Sirsa (Haryana), said the thieves smashed the windowpanes of the car and decamped with the bag containing jewellery worth Rs 1 lakh and Rs 15,000 in cash. A case has been registered.

Social activist booked for harassment

The police have booked a social activist for harassing a woman. The accused, identified as Amandeep Singh, is the president of Suttantar Awaz Welfare Organisation, an NGO.

Complainant Poonam Bhatti said she had filed a complaint on July 1, but the police did not act against the accused. Yesterday, Amandeep Singh alleged that Poonam Bhatti and her relatives thrashed him in front of police officials at Sanjh Kendra. He claimed that he provided legal aid to Poonam’s sister-in-law.

A case under Sections 354-A, 509 and 506 has been registered against Amandeep. No arrest has been made so far. 



Sewage floods streets in Doraha 
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, August 8
Sanitary conditions are in a deplorable state in Doraha. The Sher-e-Punjab Dhaba street and the adjoining streets are flooded with sewerage leading to inconvenience to the residents as well as passersby.

The authorities concerned are yet to visit the area.

Residents claimed that solution to the grave problem seems like a distant dream.

“We are sure that no authority can pull us out of the mess. The sewerage, which remains standing on our streets, has been here for years altogether now. Seasons come and seasons go but the sewerage stands here irrespective of the climatic conditions. We may fall prey to various diseases, suffer multiple infections or face dingy conditions but who cares? During monsoons, the conditions become all the more deplorable. The sewerage emits such foul smell that no person can survive in such an unhygienic condition,” rued Jandeep Kaushal, a resident.

“The sewer pipes are narrow, so they get choked easily. The lack of provision of drainage of sewerage is a major problem. It has aggravated with the passage of time. The committee is yet to find a suitable space for the drainage of sewerage and the setting up of a water treatment plant. The drainage system gets choked to such an extent that even a small downpour leaves the condition of streets and houses miserable. Even under normal conditions, the streets turn into a pool of filthy garbage water,” irked a resident of Sher-e-Punjab Street.

“We cannot stay in such tormenting conditions where it has become so difficult to breathe. The assembled water exposes residents to a number of diseases. If any epidemic breaks in the town, the council will be responsible for the same,” said a resident.

Sanitary Inspector Vimal Kumar said the problem has worsened because even the adjoining private hospital releases the waste water in the area. “They have been warned several times but to no avail. Moreover, for the last four days, even the municipal employees are on strike. The drain is not working due to the work on the Doraha-Neelon stretch. As far as the present situation is concerned, I ensure that the needful will be done at the earliest.”



assault on SDO
PSPCL engineers to meet Police Commissioner
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 8
A delegation of PSPCL engineers will meet Ludhiana Police Commissioner and seek immediate action against the policeman, who allegedly assaulted Haibowal SDO Parminder Singh recently.

The decision in this regard was taken during an emergency meeting of members of the PSEB Engineers’ Association, Ludhiana region, held at the PSEB guest house.

In spite of assurances given by the Police Department, nothing concrete had been done to arrest the accused, members said, adding that there was a widespread resentment in the engineer community. They claimed that since the accused was a policeman, he was being provided logistics support by some cops to evade arrest.

Another important issue that the members of the engineers’ body discussed was shifting of PSPCL offices in Ludhiana. The GLADA has sought shifting of PSPCL offices to different locations of the city so that the former could develop the area by building malls and shopping complexes. The meeting found that relocating offices would entail inconvenience to consumers as well.



Job fair for disabled persons
Mismanagement prompts aspirants to block road
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 8
Chaos prevailed as physically challenged persons blocked the traffic on the Gill Road here for more than an hour today.

They were protesting against the alleged lack of facilities and mismanagement at the job fair organised by Vocational Rehabilitation Centre for Handicapped (VRC), Ludhiana, and Sarthak Education Trust at the VRC-ATI campus on the Gill Road.

More than 700 persons from the state descended on the city to participate in the job fair. However, they were miffed at the lack of arrangements and inadequate number of private companies offering jobs. They raised slogans against the organisers for allegedly misleading them.

Satwinder Singh, who came from Raikot, said the fair was organised far inside the campus causing difficulties to job aspirants in reaching the venue. Further, there were no facilities. Even drinking water was not available.

“They called us to make fun of us,” said another job aspirant, adding that the advertisements given by the organisers mentioned that companies of national and international repute would be hiring people. However, only a few persons were present at the fair, he said.

The job fair was reportedly for physically challenged youths, between 18 and 30 years of age, from Punjab and Chandigarh. The minimum eligibility was matric.

Harpal Singh, another job aspirant, alleged that after they reached the venue, officials there started making excuses that they had called people from Ludhiana only.

SDM (West) KPS Mahi said, “I had sent the tehsildar to pacify the protesters. It was said that the organisers had made a mistake in issuing the advertisement about the eligibility of the candidates. They were expecting a much lesser number of candidates.”

Fact file

  • More than 700 persons from the state reached Ludhiana to participate in a job fair organised for physically challenged.
  • However, they were miffed at the lack of arrangements and inadequate private companies offering jobs.
  • They raised slogans against the organisers for allegedly misleading them.



Now, refuse will be of some use
Under A2Z initiative, residents will be offered incentives for segregating waste at source
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 8
A2Z Group, which is entrusted with the task of collection and disposal of waste in the city by the Municipal Corporation, has introduced for the first time in the region an initiative that would enable the city residents celebrate freedom from waste and deriving benefit from it too.

Addressing a press conference here today, Dr Rajneesh Mehra, CEO of the A2Z Group, said the concept of logging on to the internet to enjoy the benefits passed on by the waste collector was unheard of. “However, this marriage of internet and waste on extracarbon.com is going to be true in Ludhiana and will be known as freedom from waste.”

He claimed that Ludhiana would be the first city in the country to enjoy such a platform of waste and scrap disposal, which was being powered by extracarbon.com.

Mehra said the revolution would take over the waste management, recycling and reverse logistic business while making a significant contribution to the circular economy.

“The company will offer incentives to city residents for source segregation of waste and handing over the segregated waste to the collectors to be named A2Z safai mitras. The platform introduced by the company will help people get discounts on products and services by observing the best practices of waste segregation at source,” Mehra said.

He also announced setting up of the country’s first waste plastic to hydrocarbon fuel facility and waste food to methane facility at their waste management plant. “We intend to create an ecosystem where both wet and dry waste will be recycled, reduced and reused for creating a better tomorrow for our children,” the A2Z CEO said.

Gaurav Joshi, co-founder of A2Z extracarbon joint initiative, said India produced tonnes of waste every year and the material was not recycled. “With our initiative, we are trying to help people rejuvenate the dying art of recycling their waste.”

Company’s claims

  • Ludhiana will be the first city in the country to enjoy such a platform of waste and scrap disposal, which is being powered by extracarbon.com
  • The platform will help people get discounts on products and services by observing the best practices of waste segregation at source.
  • The A2Z will set up the country’s first waste plastic to hydrocarbon fuel facility and waste food to methane facility at its waste management plant.



Setting up of a new technical university
Parents flay state govt’s decision
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 8
The state government’s movement to create another technical university on the campus of Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering in Bathinda has not gone down well with residents, including academicians and parents of students of the region.

While students completing various levels of study in humanities and science streams from different universities are already disappointed due to administrative problems, students of technical studies apprehend similar impediments if the state technical university is also bifurcated. Declaration of results, frequent migration during perusal of studies and official recognition of their degrees were identified as future problems.

Situation is grimmer for aspirants from localities of this region due to geographical location on intersection of three districts.

Karnail Singh of Lohatbaddi village said he had to toil a lot to get results of various degree classes of his daughters declared from administrative office of a university of the state due to objections about jurisdiction.

“As there was no degree college at the local town or surrounding localities my daughters joined a local academy being run by an educational committee. As our village was included in Ludhiana district following reorganisation we had to face problems every time when the roll numbers for annual exams were issued and result of my daughters was declared,” Singh said.

Pardeep Kumar, an educationist from Khanpur village in Sangrur district, regretted that he had to shuttle between headquarters of three universities of the state for getting testimonials and documents of his studies approved for administrative purposes as he had done four degrees from different universities.

Apprehending similar problems for his wards Kumar said shifting of jurisdiction from Jalandhar to Bathinda would complicate the matter for all students from this area who had completed graduation in engineering under present set up and would be pursuing post-graduation from proposed universities in Bathinda.

Former councillor Dilshad and manager of the Ahmedgarh Vidya Parcharak Sabha Kedar Kapila said efforts should be made to improve the quality of education instead of opening new universities in any stream.

Colleges and institutes situated in Sangrur, Bathinda, Barnala, Faridkot, Fatehgarh Sahib, Fazilka, Ferozepur, Mansa, Muktsar and Patiala districts would be controlled by the new university. 



FROM colleges
Freshers’ party

Ludhiana: A freshers’ party was organised to welcome the new entrants at the SDP College for Women, Ludhiana. Principal Dr Kawaljit Kaur gave her best wishes to the freshers for their future. Dance items and songs were presented by the students. Sixty-three students walked the ramp to participate in ‘Miss Fresher’ contest.

Seminar on capital market organised

Training and placement cell of the Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE), GNIMT, Model Town, organised a seminar on ‘Capital Market-Structure, Reforms and Opportunities’ for MBA first-year students. Pooja Kohli, executive director of Ludhiana Stock Exchange stated, “A capital market is a market for securities (debt or equity), where business companies and governments can raise long-term funds.” She also spoke about share market. She added, “The secondary market provides a platform for trading in already issued or existing shares.” She stated: “Price appreciation, dividend, liquidity and savings are a few of the benefits from shares although it is subject to the risks of the market.” The event was co-ordinated by Rajnish Chopra, training and placement officer of the institute. Dr Sandhya Mehta, deputy director of the institute, highlighted the importance of the capital market in the syllabus as well as in their practical life.

Summer workshop

The Department of Aeronautical Engineering of the Desh Bhagat University Faculty of Engineering and Technology organised a summer workshop for the students. All the students of the Aeronautical Department and some students of other institutes took part in it. The workshop was arranged in collaboration with Sky-fi labs of Aerotrix Company, Bengaluru, which is India’s biggest Aeromodelling provider. While inaugurating this six-day long workshop, University Pro-Chancellor Tejinder Kaur inspired the students to think big and to be in discipline and work hard to achieve their fixed target. Chancellor Dr Zora Singh encouraged the students to give their best and to adopt positive attitude in all fields. The learned speakers spoke on different topics of Aeronautical Engineering and informed the students about the demands and trends of the industry in today’s competitive era. The main attraction of this workshop was a competition of making and flying of RC (Remote Control) Aircraft and Quad Copter, which were designed and fabricated by different teams of the students.

Lecture on investors’ awareness held

Phillaur: The Department of Commerce and Management of DAV College, Phillaur, organised a lecture on ‘Investors Education and Awareness’ on Friday. Ashok Singla, special appointee of Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India, delivered a talk on the subject. Principal Dr SK Mahajan highlighted the need of such awareness among the students. The designated speaker emphasised on two important aspects i.e. earning of money and protecting the money. — TNS



Declamation contest

Ludhiana: An Inter-School Declamation Contest was organised at GGN Public School, Rose Garden, on Friday in the memory of Giani Harjit Singh, who remained the honorary secretary of Gujranwala Khalsa Educational Council for 20 years. Sixty-four participants from 32 schools participated in the contest. The participants expressed their views in English and Punjabi on issues such as create innovators not just high graders, it is easier to build castles in air than on the ground, democracy without democratic thinking: a cause to worry, a journey of 1,000 miles must begin with a single step, etc. Dr Charan Kamal Singh, director, Ishmeet Singh Music Institute and an eminent educationist, was the chief guest on this occasion. Prof Prithipal Singh Kapur, ex-Pro Vice-Chancellor of GNDU and president, Gujranwala Khalsa Educational Council, Ludhiana, praised the efforts of participants.

Meditation session held

An hour-long meditation session was held at DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, on Friday. It was organised by Rotary Club of Ludhiana, West, under the leadership of president Dr Sanjeev Uppal. Deepika Nayyar (Yog Guru) with her team conducted the session which was attended by all the staff members. Deepika said daily meditation energises and enables us to tap into higher level of energy fields and consciousness. She inspired teachers to spare a few minutes daily from their busy schedule and have the bliss of meditation. It was an interactive session where teachers participated enthusiastically and shared their experience.

Investiture ceremony

An investiture ceremony for the school cabinet was conducted at BCM School, Basant city, on Friday. Santosh Mehta was the chief guest on the occasion. Principal Amarjyoti Chawla administered the oath of newly appointed cabinet members. Head Boy and Head Girl led the march past. Captains, vice-captains along with prefects also took oath and promised to mark a change. The ceremony concluded with the National Anthem by the school choir.

Plantation drive

A plantation drive was organised at Rose Playway on Friday. The kids planted saplings with the help of their director Tarannum Fatma, teachers and their gardener. They also watered the plants with their water bottles. Later, each kid was given a sapling to plant at home and water them daily. They were told the importance of plants and how to take care of them. The tiny tots enthusiastically participated in all the activities.

Teej celebrated

The festival of Teej was celebrated at Tagore Public School, Agar Nagar. The tiny tots came dressed in the best colourful dresses. Teej celebration coincided with a talent hunt competition in which opportunities were provided to each child to showcase their hidden talent. The whole celebration was a gala event consisting of group dances, songs and small speeches. The highlight of the celebration was mehndi art in which mehndi was applied on the hands of the tiny tots. Malpuas and kheer were the main dishes in the menu to satisfy the taste buds of everyone. Principal of the school D Narang offered her wishes to the whole school.

Kho-kho competition

A zonal-level Inter-School Kho-kho competition was conducted by PSEB at Sacred Soul Convent Senior Seconadry School, Dugri- Dhandra road. Students from 6 schools took part in the Under-14, 17 and 19 years categories. — TNS

Raksha bandhan celebrated

The festival of Raksha Bandhan was celebrated at Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School on Friday. A speech was delivered in the morning assembly highlighting the historical importance of the day. Students of classes I to III brought handmade rakhis and tied them around their classmates' wrists to mark the celebrations in its true sense. Students of classes IV to VIII had a class activity of rakhi making in which they made beautiful and creative rakhis depicting the love, affection and attachment of brothers and sisters with each other. Managing director and founder principal Avinash Kaur Walia appreciated the efforts of the students and wished for their prosperity and success on the festive day.



Kisan Club training concludes at agricultural university
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 8
Various aspects of agriculture were highlighted during the monthly training camp of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) Kisan Club which concluded here today.

About 150 members of the club participated in the month-long agricultural camp.

Besides, monthly training a camp for the women’s wing of the club was also organised at Chakkar village near Ludhiana wherein farm women participated in large numbers.

Dr TS Riar, coordinator, PAU Kisan Club, said the experts laid thrust on the minimum support price (MSP) of different commodities, effects of climate change on agriculture and production of medicinal mushroom.

In addition, the participants were apprised of curative measures to prevent joint pains, Riar added. For agri-marketing at village level, Dr Riar divided the farmers into small groups.

Dr Rupinder Kaur, coordinator, Women’s Wing of the club, shed light on the role of the Kisan Club of Punjab Agricultural University in women empowerment.

Dr Rupinder further informed that the home scientists delivered lectures and gave demonstration on the preparation of snacks and drinks from seasonal fruits and vegetables. Besides this, the progressive farm women shared their experiences on the occasion.

A competition of folk songs and boliyan was also organised.



AAP volunteers clean slum on Pakhowal Road
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 8
Aam Aadmi Party volunteers today cleaned a slum area on the Pakhowal Road to make Ludhiana “clean, green and healthy”.

The volunteers cleaned the slum in Jamna Nagar, also known as Ambedkar Colony, along the canal on the Pakhowal Road. Unhygienic conditions prevailing at the slum are a health hazard.

The Municipal Corporation supported the AAP endeavour and provided sweepers, who, along with party volunteers, gathered all the waste and garbage in the colony.

With the assistance of the employees of A2Z Group, a garbage disposal company, heaps of garbage dumps were removed from the entire colony.

Further, the AAP volunteers planted trees and earmarked a part of the slum, which they will be using for providing education to slum children.

The “Each One-Teach One” project of the AAP’s youth team, which started two months ago, has already seen a good response with slum children competing with each other to reach the informal “school” run every evening in the slum areas. A small song and dance performance by these “school students” was appreciated by their parents and other residents of the colony.

Social cause

  • The AAP volunteers cleaned the slum in Jamna Nagar, also known as Ambedkar Colony.
  • The Municipal Corporation supported the AAP endeavour and provided sweepers, who, along with party volunteers, gathered all the waste and garbage in the colony.
  • The AAP volunteers planted trees and earmarked a part of the slum, which they will be using for providing education to slum children.



Eunuch injured in group clash
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 8
A eunuch was injured in a clash between two groups at Salem Tabri here today. The injured has been identified as Manisha. The clash took place at Dera of Pali Mahant in Salem Tabri.

Sapana Mahant from Dera of Pali Mahant said a group of ‘fake’ eunuchs from Dhandari attacked their Dera. A Dhandari-based group of eunuchs reportedly wanted that Manisha should join their group.

Sapana alleged, “Five eunuchs came to their Dera and asked Manisha to go along with them. However, Manisha refused, following which they attacked Manisha with a sharp-edged weapon and cut the hair of Raveena, another eunuch.

Manisha was rushed to the Civil Hospital and her condition is stated to be stable. Sapana filed a complaint against the eunuchs at the Salem Tabri police station.



Business News
Showroom inaugurated

A new showroom of gift items, Momentz, of Nikkamal Jewellers was inaugurated at Pavilion Mall on Friday. Momentz is a one-stop destination for both refined objects for elegant homes and unique gifting ideas. It is a brand enriched with a commendable repertoire of exquisite products across many categories, making it the first gifting choice for many leading corporate homes.

Deputation meets Union Minister for MSME

A deputation of the Federation of Tiny and Small Industries of India, led by its president Joginder Kumar, met Kalraj Mishra, Union Minister for MSME, Government of India, on Thursday in New Delhi. It submitted a detailed memorandum highlighting the issues relating to the micro enterprises sector and bicycle industry etc. They demanded that the Micro Enterprises Sector be segregated from MSMEs and that a separate policy should be made for the micro sector so that, the sector could get focused attention and role in policy for mulation. — TNS



Ludhiana Notes
Drive against drug menace

The Asia Pacific Jurist Association (APJA) has pledged to launch crusade against the menace of drug addiction. “On the Quit India Movement Day, we will launch ‘Quit Drugs Movement’ by holding a seminar at the Guru Nanak Bhawan in the evening,” said the secretary general of the APJA, Atul Lakhanpal, while interacting with the media persons on Friday. Supreme Court Judge Justice V Gopala Gowda will be the chief guest and the acting Chief Justice (CJ), Punjab and Haryana High Court, Justice Ashutosh Mohunta and ex-CJ Justice Vijender Jain will also be present on the occasion. The secretary of the APJA, BK Goyal, and seminar convenor BBS Sobti claimed that they have been getting good response, particularly from students, NGOs and legal fraternity.

Role play staged

The Department of Pediatrics celebrated an Intensified Diarrhea Control Programme of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) on Friday. A role play was organised on the importance of ORS at the paediatrics OPD of the hospital. Students from the College of Nursing participated in the role play. Principal Dr Daljit Singh, Dr Harmesh Bains (professor and head of paediatrics), Dr Deepak Bhat and Dr GS Dhooria were present on the occasion.

Seminar on cancer

A seminar on the ‘Early diagnosis and treatment modalities of cancer’ was organised at the USPC Jain Charitable Hospital in Ludhiana. The medical oncologist, Dr Gautam Goyal, from Apollo Hospital, Ludhiana, conducted the seminar. He told the audience about the latest methods available to diagnose cancer at an early stage, treatment of various types of cancers, measures to prevent cancer and vaccinations available. The president of the management, Ramesh Jain, and vice-president Pawan Kumar Jain appreciated the efforts of the management.

Awareness camp

A free dental check-up and awareness camp was organised by Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College and Hospital at the SS Food Industries. Dr Navdeep Kaur examined the workers at the unit and gave tips on maintaining dental health and hygiene.

Recruitment rally

The District Administration will help in the preparation of written examination of the candidates who succeeded in the first round of the recruitment rally at the Army Recruitment Office, Dholewal. This was stated by Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal. The district security services welfare officer, Col Kanwarpreet Singh Atwal, said candidates will be prepared free-of-cost for the written examination at the tehsil-level, under the supervision of District Education Officer (Secondary), at the government schools. — TNS



Thieves flee with car, case registered
Our Correspondent

Khanna, August 8
The Khanna Police have registered a case against unidentified persons for forcibly seizing a car last night.

According to the police sources, Sandeep Kumar, a resident of Delhi, was going towards Ludhiana along with his brother Lokesh to visit their sister for Raksha Bandhan. They stopped at a dhaba near Libra village and had dinner, following which they decided to take a nap in the car. At 1 am, an auto bumped into the car. On confrontation, the persons thrashed Sandeep and fled with the car. His brother Lokesh was seated inside the car.

Sandeep ran behind the car but in vain. He then reported the matter to the police.

The SHO, Sadar, Jagdev Singh, reached the spot. They spotted Lokesh, near Biza. The Khanna Police have registered a case against unidentified persons in this regard.

SHO Jagdev Singh said they have registered a case under Sections 394, 365 of the IPC and 25-54-59 of the Arms Act.

The police are conducting raids at various suspicious places to nab the accused.



Three booked for thrashing MC official
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 8
Officials of Tehbazari wing of the Municipal Corporation were allegedly thrashed as they visited the Daresi Road today to remove an encroachment outside a shop.

During a sangat darshan by MC Commissioner, a shopkeeper complained that Anil Kumar, the owner of a garment shop, has encroached upon the road outside his shop. On the directions of the Commissioner, the Tehbazari officials visited the shop to remove the encroachment. However, the shop owner, along with his brother Harish Kumar, resisted the move. Heated arguments ensued.

In his complaint, Tehbazari inspector Gurmeet Mall stated that Anil Kumar Malhotra, Harish Kumar Malhotra and his accomplice attacked him.

A case has been registered against Anil Malhotra and Harish Malhotra at the Daresi police station.



Vikas shines with bowl as KVM register second win
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 8
A hat-trick by Vikas Prashar helped Kundan Vidya Mandir (KVM), Civil Lines, record second consecutive victory in the Ludhiana Schools Cricket Zonal Tournament (U-17) being organised by the Punjab Education Department on the SDP College grounds here today.

The KVM team thrashed SDP Senior Secondary School, Hazuri Road branch, by 33 runs. Yesterday, KVM had defeated Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU, by 55 runs.

Winning the toss, the KVM team decided to bat first and scored 70 runs in the allotted 10 overs while losing five wickets. Bhuvnesh Rai and Shubham Dyal contributed 18 runs each while Deepin Chitkara made 14 runs. For SDP school, Chetan and Vivek grabbed three and two wickets after conceding 25 and 20 runs, respectively.

In reply, SDP school were bundled out for a paltry score of 37 runs in nine overs. Lakwinder Singh put up some semblance of resistance by chipping in with 12 runs.

For the winners, Vikas Prashar claimed four wickets, including a hat-trick, in his one over and conceded only two runs. Keshav Sharma secured one wicket for two runs in his quota of two overs. Yuvraj Puri accounted for one wicket for five runs while Sehaj grabbed one wicket for 10 runs.



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