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Burglars hit doc, flee with valuables
Tribune News Service

Dr Rammy, the victim.
Dr Rammy, the victim.

Ludhiana, October 14
There is no stopping thieves and robbers in the city. In the latest incident, burglars struck at a house in Model Town, attacked a doctor and decamped with cash and gold ornaments worth lakhs of rupees.
The victim, identified as Dr Rammy Garg, was rushed to the hospital where her condition was stated to be serious.

In the meantime, the police have also started investigation into the case. Besides lifting fingerprints from the crime scene, the police reconstructed the crime. The police also recorded the statement of the local residents.

The police have not ruled out the involvement of a person known to the family, as the robbery was committed after a thorough reconnaissance of the place.

Dr Rammy is pursuing MD in anaesthesia from Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMC&H).

According to the police, Yammi was married recently to an Ambala-based person. She was staying with her parents in Model Town to pursue her studies.

The incident came to light early morning when Dr Rammy’s parents Ramesh and mother Neelam saw the door of their daughter’s room open.

On entering the room, they were shocked to find their daughter lying unconscious in a pool of blood.

She was immediately rushed to the hospital and the police was informed.

According to Station House Officer (SHO) Inderjit Singh, the burglars appeared to have taken the advantage of thunder showers to sneak into the room where Dr Rammy was asleep.

The burglars hit Dr Rammy on the head. She fell unconscious and the burglars decamped with cash and gold ornaments lying in her room. Dr Rammy was still unconscious.


City at receiving end of power staff agitation
Inclement weather compounds residents’ woes
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 14
As the technical employees and clerical staff of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) and Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited (PSTCL) commenced their day-long strike from midnight, most areas of the city plunged into darkness due to disruption in power supply due to inclement weather.

However, the senior officials of the central zone of the PSPCL claimed that power supply in the city was normal and some 15 or 20 per cent feeders that were shut down due to bad weather early morning were made operational by daybreak with the help of skeleton staff.

Claiming that 63 per cent staff in the central zone had not reported on work, zonal secretary of the PSEB Joint Forum Ramesh Kumar said there was widespread resentment among the employees over the failure of the management to fulfil the demands accepted in principle at a meeting held on February 24, 2014.

“The employees of the power utility had observed strike on August 28, 2014. With the management continuing with its indifferent attitude, they have been forced to hold another day-long strike today,” he said.

At a rally organised at grid maintenance division of the city central division complex on Daresi Road, the striking employees said they would intensify their agitation if justice was not dispensed to them.

Central Zone Chief Engineer of the PSPCL Rachpal Singh told The Tribune that the strike by some 62 per cent employees had no adverse impact on power supply in the city. Some feeders that had to be shut down due to high velocity winds and drizzle a little after midnight, were made functional early morning.

It was officially stated that some 50 per cent cash counters in the divisional and subdivisional offices were open. The Suvidha Centre and bill payment machines at various locations in the city were also functional. While normal power supply was maintained, there was some problem with rectification of individual complaints of power failure. In the absence of a majority of technical employees, no maintenance work was carried out in the city.

The public had to suffer some inconvenience due to strike by the employees as public dealing was almost totally suspended in divisional and subdivisional offices. Several people, who wanted to either make payment of their bills or get their energy bills rectified at the Aggar Nagar division of the PSPCL, had to return disappointed as the cash counters were non-operational or there were no employees. 

Complaints not attended to

Residents of Haibowal, Guru Nanakpura and some other localities said their complaints of power failure made late last night were not attended to till afternoon and they had to go without power and water supply for more than 15 hours.



20 ‘illegal’ buildings coming up in Mayor’s ward 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
While the Municipal Corporation authorities are trying hard to curb illegal constructions in the city, around 20 “illegal” constructions are coming up in ward number 70, which is represented by Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria.

A complaint about all these buildings has been filed by an RTI activist, Rohit Sabharwal, to the Principal Secretary, Local Government, Chandigarh, and the Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation.

In his complaint, Sabhawal said around 20 illegal buildings were under construction in Ward Number 70 of Zone C. He said these buildings were being constructed in utter violation of the building bylaws. However, the ATP and building inspectors concerned have not taken any action against the violators, he alleged.

According to information, the owners of most of these

buildings have not got their building plans approved. Besides, a majority of the constructions come under non-compoundable violations, which means the buildings have to be demolished. The High Court has strictly mentioned in the PC Bali vs State of Punjab case that if non-compoundable violations are noticed, the buildings should immediately be demolished. Even if the MC regularises the compoundable portions by charging fee, the non-compondsble portion in the building, if any, will have to be demolished.

Meanwhile, the officiating ATP of Zone C said he was on leave and would check the facts only after resuming duty. “But we have come to know about certain buildings and challans will be issued to them soon,” he said.

Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said it was not possible that 20 illegal buildings were being constructed in his ward alone. “Though I am not aware, I am sure that the complaint is far from reality and there must be certain vested motives attached, which I will find myself. One can not expect 20 illegal buildings coming up in just one ward,” said Gohalwaria.

High Court directions

  • At the time when an unauthorised construction is detected, photographs must be clicked and those photographs can be sent with the notices so that a situation does not come to pass that thereafter also the construction is continued and then ignorance is pleaded by the violators.
  • Wherever required, adequate police force must be made available for enforcement and removal of unauthorised constructions. Both suggestions are salutary and we adopt them and issue directions in terms thereof to the respondents.



Man’s bigamous ties exposed after victims meet at court
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
Two city-based woman, who fell victim to a Chandigarh-based person, have approached the Commissioner of Police for justice. The women have alleged that the man used the sacred institution of marriage for making money.

Poonam, a resident of Neemwala Chowk, said one of her relatives had proposed the alliance of Rajesh Kumar. Rajesh told her that he was previously married to an Ambala-based woman and got a “panchayati” divorce. He told her that he had a girl child from the first marriage. She too had a failed first marriage.

On October 10, 2007, Poonam got married to Rajesh.

Poonam claimed a few months after their marriage, Rajesh started pestering her for dowry.

Rajesh left her at her paternal house, saying that she was possessed by an evil spirit, said Poonam.

She filed a case of domestic violence in the court. While the matter was sub judice, Rajesh got married to Jyoti, a resident of Shivpuri in January 2012.

Jyoti said: “He narrated the same story to me. I also had a failed first marriage. Nearly two days after marriage, Rajesh started shifting from one house to another. I had no clue what was happening. He would lock me in the house whenever he went away. I got pregnant and Rajesh left me at my parents’ house, saying that according to their family rituals, the first child takes birth in the paternal home.”

She gave birth to a son in 2013. However, Rajesh did not visit the house to see his child on the pretext that Jyoti’s parents did not offer Rajesh’s family enough cash and presents on the birth of a baby boy, Jyoti’s brother Deepak said.

Jyoti said she received a shock of her life when she learnt that after deserting his first wife in Ambala, Rajesh married Poonam and was facing a case of domestic violence. “Rajesh started pressing my family to arrange money, so that he could settle a dispute with Poonam. My parents expressed their inability to pay the cash,” said Jyoti

“After some time he left me at my paternal house. When my brother took me to Chandigarh, Rajesh attacked him and implicated him in a false case,” 
said Jyoti.

Incidentally, both Poonam and Jyoti came to know about the nefarious designs of Rajesh after they met each other at the court complex on October 7.

“When Rajesh came to know he had been exposed, he got furious and snatched his one-year-old son from Jyoti and tried to kill him. I raised the alarm and the child was rescued. A case was registered under section 107, 151 of the CrPC against Rajesh,” said Poonam.

Jyoti and Poonam said that they would fight the battle against Rajesh together so that no other girl fell victim to his designs.

Paramjit Singh, in charge, Court Complex Police Chowki, said: “Though he learnt that Rajesh had committed bigamy but he has not received any complaint in this regard. Rajesh was booked for taking law in his hand.”



Swachh Bharat off track at city station
Charanjit Singh Teja
|Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
The Indian Railways launched the Swachh Bharat campaign with much enthusiasm and displayed attractive posters at railway stations to create awareness among the public but things are far from reality at the local station.
During a visit to the local station, this correspondent found the tracks littered with filth as usual.

Platform No. 1 was cleaned and washed as usual as it is the main track and all luxury trains and VIPs use this platform. Platform no. 2 and 3 were stinking with filth all around. Both these tracks receive maximum trains in a day.

None of the safai workers was found on track no 2.

The washbasins were choked with “datuns” and disposable plates and bottles.

The areas adjoining the main building had heaps of garbage heaps stagnant water. The walls had marks of gutka spit.

The local railway station authorities receive Rs 40,000 extra for the proper implementation of this campaign.

According to railway officials, they have installed 15 new garbage bins on the platforms and provide cleanliness material to safai workers. They blamed passengers for not keeping hygiene at the station.

Official Speak

Ravinder Sharma, Station Superintendent, said: “Most passengers do not follow the instructions such as not to using train toilets when these are stationary. We receive maximum traffic on platform no. 2 and 3, so workers don’t get time to wash the track. Now, we will increase the number of workers on these tracks to address the issue”.

He said: “While observing the Swachh Bharat campaign, we are trying to make the public aware of cleanliness. We have to change the attitude of the citizens of the country to keep the railway stations in a hygienic condition”.



Raids to detect illegal stocks of firecrackers
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, October 14
To check the illegal stock of fireworks by the local shopkeepers, a team of officials from the Sales Tax Department carried out a raid in Jagraon today. The Sales Tax Department team comprising Excise and Taxation Officer (ETO) Ludhiana, Gurdeep Singh, Sales Tax Officer Jagraon Parkash Singh and others visited a shop located in the Nehru Market area of Jagraon. The raid was carried out on the instructions of Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Ludhiana, Rajwinder Kaur.

The authorities first prepared a list of fireworks stored by the shopkeeper in his shop and then examined the sale-purchase record of the shopkeeper. The raid was carried out following a complaint by an unidentified person alleging that some shopkeepers had stored huge stocks of fireworks illegally.

The officials returned after examining the record of only one shop.

Sales Tax Officer Jagraon said, “This is a routine exercise by the department to check illegal sale of fireworks. Such raids will be carried out in the coming days to prevent theft of sales tax by the shopkeepers who deal in fireworks.”



PSEB to cancel exam centres
30 centres in district likely to face board action for not fulfilling norms
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB), will cancel a number of examination centres, which have not been fulfilling the conditions of the PSEB in the district.
The private schools — affiliated with the board — had submitted the details about infrastructure available in schools to the PSEB to get the approval for an examination centre at the schools on July 14.

As per information, the board can cancel around 30 centres for the conduct of exams of the 2014-15 academic session. The forms submitted by these schools were cancelled by the board due to various reasons.

The board had several conditions to give the approval of an examination centre to private schools. During the inspection of the examination in March 2013, the flying squad teams wrote in the report that the schools do not have the required infrastructure, which is a necessary condition to get the approval.

As per the directions of the PSEB, the examination centre should be on the ground floor but there are several schools in city which run the centre on the first, second and even the third floor.

Some of the schools don’t have proper lighting in the examination halls. As such students can be seen sitting in the verandahs of schools.

Gurinderpal Singh Bath, secretary, PSEB, said, “We have been examining the applications received from the affiliated schools for the centres. We will release the final list of the centres in November. This time, the board is strict regarding the approval of centres. We will cancel around 500 examination centres in the state which don’t have proper infrastructure. The centres which were running unchecked from several years will be cancelled”.

Bath informed that schools had to enrol a minimum of 50 students to run an examination centre.

Sukhdarshan Singh from the Anti-Copying Front said the board should conduct an inquiry before approving any examination centre.

conditions prescribed for aproval

The PSEB has prescribed several conditions to get approval for an examination centre. It should be on the ground floor but there are several schools which run the centre on the first, second and even the third floor. Some of the schools don’t have proper lighting in examination halls. As such, students can be seen sitting in verandahs.



spreading awareness for cracker-free diwali
‘Say no to crackers’ campaign launched
Social bodies will educate masses about risks involved in transporting and bursting of fireworks 
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, Oct 14
Social organisations of the town have launched a ‘Say no to crackers’ campaign for the ongoing festival season.
Besides observing a cracker-free Diwali at their homes and establishments, office bearers and activists of these organisations will educate masses about the risks involved regarding the unsafe storage, transportation and bursting of fireworks and its adverse affects on human life.

Paying tributes to scores of persons who had lost their lives in fire incidents at cracker godowns and factories during the past two decades, office-bearers and activists of various organisations led by Lalit Kaura and Dr Vikas Hind, president and secretary of the Rotary Club, Ahmedgarh, announced to launch a coordinated movement to say no to crackers during Diwali this year.

Lamenting that no organised step had been taken to prevent havoc in the past, the organisers said a task force would be constituted to keep an eye on unauthorised and unsafe storage of crackers and fireworks during the festival season.

Special teams of speakers, doctors, government officials and teachers will visit various educational institutes to urge students to observe a pollution-free Diwali.

The organisers reminded that besides claiming a large number of human lives, the fires involving crackers had charred property worth crores to ashes during the past two decades. More than 50 persons had reportedly died in a major fire incident that broke out at a cracker factory at Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu two years ago.

More than 80 persons have lost their lives during cracker fires in Ludhiana in the past.

While over 70 people had died in a fire caused by improper storage of crackers in Gur Mandi in the early 90s and four persons were killed in Jawahar Nagar Main Market, Ludhiana, in 2001.

Meanwhile, students of MGMN Senior Secondary School, Victoria Senior Secondary School Lehra, and Government Senior Secondary School Dehlon, have also vowed to observe a cracker-free Diwali this year.

gearing up

The establishments, office-bearers and activists of these organisations will educate masses about the risks involved regarding the unsafe storage, transportation and bursting of fireworks and its adverse affects on human life. They also said that a task force would be constituted to keep an eye on unauthorised and unsafe storage of crackers and fireworks during the festival.



Students shine in tae kwon do meet

Ludhiana, October 14
The Maharani Laxmi Bai Cup 2014 was organised by the Ludhiana District Taekwondo School Association.
Ten students of Sri Guru Hargobind Public School Thakkarwal took part in the event.

Abhi Grewal, Abhijot Singh and Simrandeep Singh bagged the gold medal, Robinpreet Singh, Ritesh Kumar and Sumanpreet Singh got silver, Harkiranjot Singh, Dev Kumar, Arspreet Singh and Gursimran Singh won the bronze. On October 10, Punjab School Games Taekwondo (Open) organised the taekwondo competition at Guru Nanak Stadium Ludhiana.

Six students from Sri Guru Hargobind Public School Thakkarwal also participated. Maninder Singh and Anmolpreet Singh got the silver medal and Abhi Grewal bagged the bronze. — TNS



School authorities defy DEO orders, fail to shift premises
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
The issue of shifting Government Primary School, Kundanpuri, — currently functioning from a building declared unsafe — hangs in the balance due to a divided opinion.
Despite orders of the District Education Officer (Elementary), the school staff has not shifted the school.

As per the orders of the DEO, the school will run in the evening shift at Government Primary School, Chander Nagar. It seems that the evening shift has become a hurdle for the authorities concerned.

President of the Nav Chetna Bal Bhalai Committee, Sukhdeer Singh Sekhon, informed that they met Education Minister Dr Daljit Singh Cheema and apprised him of the unsafe building of the school at Kundanpuri.

Sekhon said the minister assured to redress their grievances at the earliest.

Around two weeks ago, the Junior Engineer (JE) of Block Mangat-II had declared the school building unsafe.

Afterwards, it was ordered that the school –- currently running from a dharamshala – be shifted to Government Primary School, Chander Nagar.

As many as 226 students study in two classrooms and a hall. The remaining part of the building has been given on rent to washermen.

Sekhon alleged that some people with vested interests did not want the school to be shifted.

Meanwhile, Gurjot Singh, District Education Officer Elementary, said, “We have asked the schools management to shift the school but they have not done the same till date. In case of any untoward incident, our office will not be held responsible. Some people approached the Education Minister but we did not get any directions from him. We will take our next step as per the instructions of the head office”.

“The dharamshala is a private property. We can’t use government funds on a dharmshala building. The building is not safe so we made the alternative arrangement at Chander Nagar,” he added.

building is unsafe

The Government Primary School in Kundanpuri is functioning from a building declared unsafe. Despite orders of the District Education Officer (Elementary), the authorities have not shifted the school. 



Associated schools have to submit self-appraisal forms: PSEB secy
Board has fixed October 20 for submission of forms 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) will not exempt any school associated with the board from submitting self-appraisal forms. According to senior board officials, they will not extend the dates for the submission of forms.
The board has fixed October 20 as the date for submission of self-appraisal forms.

GS Batth, Secretary, PSEB, said, “It is mandatory for all associated schools to submit the self-appraisal forms.”

It is worth mentioning here that a number of school managements, associated with the PSEB, had refused to submit the online “self-appraisal for associated schools” a few weeks ago.

The board had asked the PSEB-associated schools to submit online self-appraisals a month ago. The PSEB has initiated the move to check the available space and infrastructure at its affiliated schools.

The school managements suspected that the board would initiate action against those schools which did not have proper infrastructure. The board has already cancelled the association of around 500 schools which were running in less than 200 sq yard land.

The unions of the associated schools are yet to respond on the issue. However, some of them have submitted the online self-appraisal form.

There are a total 8,000 PSEB-associated schools in the state.

The PSEB had introduced the term “associated schools” three years ago. Earlier, these schools were known as private schools and students used to sit for the PSEB examinations as private applicants.

Batth said, “We want to review the available infrastructure of these schools. The board will take action against those schools which will miss the deadline to submit the forms”.


The PSEB had introduced the term “associated schools” three years ago. Earlier, these schools were known as private schools and students used to sit for the PSEB exams as private applicants. 



Extension lecture held at GPC

The PG Department of English of Gobindgarh Public College, Alour (Khanna), organised an extension lecture on “Poetics by Aristotle and its relevance in Present Scenario,” on Tuesday. Dr Anil Raina, Dept of English and Culture Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh, was the resource person. College principal Dr Neena Seth Pajni welcomed him. Dr Anil Raina highlighted the importance of poetics by Aristotle. More than 50 students attended this lecture.

PTU zonal youth festival

Students of AS Group of Institutions, Khanna, bought laurels to the institution by their excellent performance in the Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar- Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival held at GNIMT, Ludhiana from October 10-12. Huseena (BBA IIIrd semester) and Amrit Kaur (MBA Ist semester) won the first prize for their creative mehandi design, while Simranjeet Kaur (BCom (P) IIIrd semester) made the institution proud by topping the rangoli-making competition. Punnu and Rupinder Singh, students of BCom (P) Vth semester, claimed the 2nd prize for their short story and poem, respectively. 

In the debate competition, the team of Raman Tiwari (B.Com (P) Vth semester) and Megha Chail (MBA Ist semester) also bagged the runners-up title for their arguments on the topic of “Love being not the only sorrow in life”. Dr Harpreet Singh, director, congratulated the winners of the youth festival and the cultural coordinator of the institution and assistant professor Harneet on their performance. Ranjit Singh Heera, secretary, also wished the participants. Rakesh Goyal, president, Raj Kumar Sahnewalia, vice-president, Vijay Sharma, general secretary, and other members of the Trust also wished luck to the prize winners. — TNS



City-based dentist honoured in Jaipur
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
A city-based dentist, Dr Vikas Jindal, was recently honoured at the National Conference held under the auspices of the Indian Society of Periodontology (ISP), at the Birla Science and Technology Centre, Jaipur.

It was the 39th National ISP conference where Dr Jindal deliberated on the topic related to aesthetics and multispecialty practice in dentistry as Chairperson of the Scientific Sessions.

Dr Jindal said, “This is the era of speciality practice in the country where you give the best to patients. As multispecialists work on patients, their focus is on the area of concern only”.

Dr Jindal, who is also an elected Member of the Dental Council of India from Punjab, an apex body in dentistry engaged in maintaining and improving the standards of dental education and dentistry at large in the country, said, “Attending conferences adds to the knowledge and experiences of the clinicians and professionals which adds to the benefit of patients in the long run.”



Survey organised to detect iodine deficiency in students
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
A survey of iodine deficiency disorders under the National Iodine Deficiency Disorder Control Programme was conducted at various government schools across the district today.
Surveys were conducted under the supervision of Dr Anil Verma, District Epidemiologist, at Primary School in Dholewal, Government Primary School Jamalpur and Government Primary School Dhandari Khurd.

The students in the age-group of 6-12 years were examined for goitre whereas 27 students were randomly selected to give their urine samples. Similarly, 54 salt samples were also collected from students which are used in their homes to cook food.

In this process, the authorities have visited 26 schools so far. The survey will continue till October 15.

A total of 2,700 children in the age group of 6-12 years will be examined for goitre. Also, 270 urine and 540 salt samples will be collected during this period.

Meanwhile, the faculty members and students in all schools were educated on the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and urged to maintain cleanliness in their houses and surroundings.



ludhiana scan
Student meet on Oct 19
With Diwali round the corner, potters are busy making diyas for the festival of lights in Ludhiana.
Earthy matters: With Diwali round the corner, potters are busy making diyas for the festival of lights in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Dr Ambedkar Training Institute Old Students Association, Mohali, will hold a meeting on October 19 at Hotel Fine Dining, near Shimla Pahadi, Una Road, Hoshiarpur. The executive committee of the association in a press statement stated that they would devise a plan about the first annual meeting of the association to be held in 2015.

Talent hunt for children

A social welfare organisation held a programme to uncover talent amongst children. As many as 40 children participated in the event in which the children gave performances in singing, skit, acting, play poetry recitation and dancing competition. They gave performances on the theme of female foeticide, drug addiction, environment, saving water etc.

Spiritual meet

A programme on the theme ‘Service above self’ was organised at Radisson Blu Hotel by the Rotary Clubs of the city. Spiritual guru Anandmurthy Guruma addressed the gathering. KK Dhir, District Governor elect of the Rotary District 3070, said Guruma lauded the role played by Rotary International in eliminating polio from the planet.

Power shutdown

The 11-KV Kundan Wood feeder, fed from 66 KV GT Road sub-station, will remain closed on October 15 from 10 AM to 4 PM due to urgent maintenance work. Power supply to Kundan Puri, New Kundan Puri, Guru Nanakpura, New Upkar Nagar and Shahi Mohalla will be affected during this period.

Two more test positivefor dengue

Two more patients from Ludhiana district have tested positive for dengue. A 57-year-old man from Payal and a 31-year-old woman from Jassian are undergoing treatment at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. Meanwhile, patients from other districts and states undergoing treatment at the DMCH include a 32-year-old man from Phillaur, Jalandhar, a 32-year-old man from Hoshiarpur and a 23-year-old man from Jammu & Kashmir. The total number of dengue patients diagnosed in hospitals across city has risen to 59 out of which, 40 are from Ludhiana.

Health team inspects areas

Under the directions of Civil Surgeon Dr Subash Batta and under the supervision of District Epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma, a team comprising 20 breeding checkers along with insect collectors and multipurpose health supervisors checked coolers in different areas to detect the breeding of Aedes Egypti (larva of dengue). At Chander Nagar, the team found larva in six coolers, two pots and one tank. In Basti Jodhewal, the larva was found in two coolers and a pot. In Shimla Puri, it was found in one cooler. The information has been passed to the MC officials for the issuance of fine.

Langar organised

Employees of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital organised a langar to celebrate Valmiki Jayanti. This is an annual affair and all employees participated in the event with zeal. The organisers of the function felicitated doctors and senior officials of the DMCH.

Voter I-card objections

All voters from the constituency 060 Ludhiana (East) can submit their objections to the booth-level officer regarding their name, address, picture or any other specifications on every Sunday falling between October 10 to November 10 from 9 am to 5 pm. One can procure forms 6, 6-a, 7, 8 and 8-o from the booth-level officers.

Ban firecrackers bearing pictures of Goddess

The Shiv Sena Yuva Morcha submitted a memorandum to DCP Nilambari Jagdale to ban the sale of firecrackers bearing the pictures of Goddess Laxmi on the boxes. Members of the body said after the use of firecrackers, the pictures are left littered and abandoned on the roads, which hurts the religious sentiments of many people. So the sale of firecrackers with such sacred pictures on boxes shouldn’t be allowed, they said.

Swachh Ambulance Sewa

Ziqitza health care, the company operating 108 ambulance services in Punjab, on Tuesday initiated the “Swachh Ambulance Sewa”. With this, 108 teams will try and transfer patients in the most hygienic conditions.

Docs express concern over Indo-Pak tension

The Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) and Pakistan Doctors for Peace and Development (PDPD) in a joint statement expressed serious concern at the ongoing firing on the Indo-Pak order by both sides. “There is a danger that this could escalate into a larger conflict and threaten peace and development in the region. We are poor nations and peace is the only alternative for both the countries to prosper,” said Dr LS Chawla, president IDPD.

Shiv Sena protests screening of ‘Haider’

The Shiv Sena, Punjab Youth Wing, held a protest against the screening of the film “Haider” for referring to the ancient Suraj Mandir as the house of devil. Members of the Youth Wing held a protest near the Christian Medical College roundabout. The film has hurt the religious sentiments of the Hindu community, they said.

FICO meet held

The annual general meeting of the Federation of Industrial and Commercial Organisation (FICO), was held during which KK Seth, chairman, FICO informed that a discount of up to 70 per cent on motor vehicle insurance and 90 per cent on fire insurance can now be availed by members. Discounts on air travelling were also announced.

Chief of UK Gurdwara Singh Sabha passes away

Daljit Singh Shergill (71), convener of the National Gurdwara Committee UK and President of the Birmingham Gurdwara Singh Sabha passed away at London. His native village was Khera and he had been living in London from the past several years. Gursewak Singh Gill, son of Daljit Singh said his father was not well from the last two weeks. “Daljit Singh Shergill contributed for the Sikh community in UK. He was a preacher of Sikhism,” said Balihar Singh Randhawa, spokesperson, Birmingham Gurdwara Singh Sabha. — TNS 



Malwinder Jaggi is chief of skating association
Our sports reporter

Ludhiana, October 14
Malwinder Singh Jaggi, an IAS, has been unanimously elected president of the District Roller Skating Association (DRSA), Ludhiana.
JS Dhaliwal, general secretary of the association, said Jaggi was elected during the annual general meeting at Sutlej Club. The meeting also resolved to authorise him to form a new team.

Jaggi assured members of the association that he would work to lead the DRSA to greater heights with focus on spotting talent and providing them the best available infrastructure so that they could make use of opportunities to hone their skills and bring laurels at the national as well as international level tournaments. — TNS



Breast cancer awareness

Ludhiana: A talk show on cancer awareness was held at DAV BRS Nagar, Ludhiana. October is observed as the ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month’ across the world to increase awareness among people about the precautions and preventions of breast cancer. Fortis Hospital, Ludhiana, is also observing ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Week’ from October 13-18. On October 14, a cancer awareness session was held at DAV Public School, BRS Nagar.

Investiture ceremony

The investiture ceremony was organised at St GDS Convent School. The function started with the morning assembly. Harshinderpal Singh (head boy), Simranjeet Kaur (head girl), house captains Gursimrat Kaur for Ravi House, Arshdeep Singh for Sutlej House, Yogeshwar Singh for Jhelum House, boy prefects and girl prefects from each class were issued badges with the drum beat.

No crackers day

The students of Drishti Dr RC Jain Innovative Sr Sec Public School, Narangwal – Ludhiana, celebrated No Crackers Day on Tuesday. The students took a pledge to save the environment by not bursting crackers.

Writing competition

A comprehensive creative writing competition was held in the primary wing of Guru Nanak Public School, Model Town Extension, on October 13. It was held to enhance the writing skills of students. The competition was categorised class wise.

Students bring laurels

Students of Ryan Dugri have brought laurels to the school by winning the first and second prize in the Mahatma Gandhi Rashtrabhasa Prachar Sanatha. The competition was held to promote Hindi language.

Diwali function

Pomp and show marked the joint Diwali festival of SDP Sr Sec School, Hazuri Road, SDP Sr Sec School, Basti Jodhewal, Om Parkash Gupta SDP Model Sr Sec School, Quila Mohalla, on the premises of SDP College for Women. Balraj Kumar Bhasin, President SDP Sabha (Regd) and SDP Institutions, was the chief guest. The students presented bhangra, pop dance, mimicry, mime etc. — TNS 



Employees stage protest

Ludhiana, October 14
Members of the District Sangrash Committee held a protest outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office today.
Activists of the Punjab Mulazam Sangarsh Committee burnt an effigy of the Punjab Government and raised slogans. They resented the anti-employee policies of the government.

Later, the activists gheraoed the treasury office. Ramanjeet Singh, union leader, said: “The government has amended the service rules. Now, employees recruited after 2004 will not be able to avail benefits of several government schemes.” — TNS



Staff-wise unhealthy hospital nears completion 
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
Mother and Child Hospital will be readied by November, but the authorities are yet to recruit staff.
Doctors from the gynaecology and paediatrics department of the Civil Hospital will be shifted to the hospital.

The Civil Hospital is already short of staff. Will it be able to fulfil the requirement of the hospital?

“The work will be completed by November,” said Dr RK Karkara, Senior Medical Officer, Civil Hospital. When asked about fresh recruitments, Karkara said they were awaiting approval.

“We have written to the authorities to give us permission for recruiting the staff. Gynaecologists and paediatricians will be shifted from the Civil Hospital, but we need nursing and other staff also,” said Dr Karkara. The hospital is being set up in a bid to check mother-child mortality rate during delivery by providing ultra-modern facilities to pregnant women. The 100-bed district-level hospital is being set up at a cost of Rs 16.61 crore and is a part of the state government’s project of imparting quality healthcare facilities to people. The hospital will be fully air-conditioned and the Punjab Health Systems Corporation will manage it. 

The hospital will be well-equipped with ultra-modern technology to conduct all kinds of tests, x-rays, scans and ultrasound on reasonable rates. Besides, the hospital will also have an intensive care unit (ICU) and a special newborn care unit (SNCU), which will be instrumental in reducing mother-child mortality rate during delivery. At the hospital, pregnant women will be able to avail free healthcare services before and after the delivery for one year and in case of a girl child, healthcare facility will be provided for five years.

Modern technology

Dr RK Karkara, Senior Medical Officer (SMO), Civil Hospital, said Mother and Child Hospital would be equipped with ultra-modern technology to conduct tests, X-rays, scans and ultrasound. “The hospital will also have an intensive care unit (ICU) and a special newborn care unit (SNCU), which will be instrumental in reducing mother-child mortality rate,” said the SMO. 



Nobel Peace Prize
City basks in social activist’s glory
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
Nobel Peace Prize to social activist Kailash Satyarthi is being hailed all over. Dinesh Kumar, state coordinator, Bachpan Bachao Andolan, said there was a wave of elation. He said he had been working with Satyarthi for the past two-and-a-half years, adding that he truly deserved the recognition.

“No government has done anything of the sort. NGOs are doing a great work. They are working for the betterment of society. It is good that the efforts put in by Satyarthi have been recognised,” said Sukhdev Singh from the Guru Angad Dev Educational and Welfare Society, which is imparting education to 800 children near Tajpur Road.

Vijinder from Pratham NGO, which is engaged in educating children and is active in 19 blocks of the state, said it was encouraging that the Nobel Peace Prize had been given to someone who had been working for the welfare of children.

“Little recognition is given to those working in the social sector. Many just work, despite the lack of recognition and driven only by the spirit to serve. It is heartening that the highest honour has come for the efforts put in by Satyarthi and Malala,” said another social worker. 



Decorative lights, starry nights and celebrations 
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
With the Festival of Lights just a few days away, markets decked up with 
decorative lights are a sight to behold.“LED “light rings” that give the semblance of a ring of rotating lights is one of the new products,” said Ashok, a shopkeeper. “A “light ball” having rapid and colourful play of lights is another new product this season apart from the lit-up decorative flower vase with LED lit flowers on it,” he added.

“Like every year, Chinese decorative lights as popular,” said Jaspreet Singh, another seller.

Decorative lights have become an essential part of the festival. “Just about five years ago, these were limited in range and variety, but in the past couple of years, innovative lights have arrived in the markets,” said Radhika, a resident of Model Town. Revolving crystal ball lights, a range of projecting laser lights, multi-coloured LED lights and many more to choose from make the festival special,” she said.

Eklavya Chugh from GCS Lighting said wooden and brass lamps are much in demand this season. Crystal lights are no longer a sough-after item. I prefer buying lights for home, instead of spending much on firecrackers. I also gift these during the festive season,” said Shubham, a resident.

“Diwali is the Festival of Lights, so I prefer buying new lights,” he said.

Jagdish Kalra, a senior citizen, is impressed with the range of new lights. “Earlier, we used to have colourful candles to light Diwali, but now there is a slew of lights. Diyas and candles are a must for the festival and new decorative lights complement these well,” he said. 



Global Handwashing Day today 
Wash your hands of germs 
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
A simple act of handwashing can save more lives than any vaccine or medical intervention and help quell the spread of infection among children. Global Handwashing Day is observed worldwide on October 15.

“Handwashing with soap is the single most efficient and cost effective way to prevent diarrhoea and acute respiratory infections (ARI). Pneumonia, an acute respiratory infection, causes mortality among children under five years of age,” said Dr Rajinder Gulati, head of the paediatrics department at the Civil Hospital.

“Like teaching other good habits, we should ask our children to wash hands. Handwashing with soap before eating and after using the toilet is projected to save more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention, cutting deaths from diarrhoea by almost half and deaths from acute respiratory infections by one-quarter,” added another city-based paediatrician Dr Harsh Sharma.

Although people around the world wash hands with water, many do not wash their hands with soap at critical moments, including after going to the toilet and before handling or eating food.

“The challenge is to transform handwashing with soap from an abstract good idea into an automatic behaviour carried out in houses, schools, workplaces and communities,” he stated. Bollywood actor Kajol is also associated with the campaign “Help a Child Reach 5” stressing the need of handwashing with soap. Recently, she attended a UN General Assembly summit.

About the day

Global Handwashing Day is the centrepiece of a week of activities that aim to mobilise millions of people to wash their hands with soap. The campaign was initiated to reduce childhood mortality rates related to respiratory and diarrhoeal diseases by introducing simple behavioural changes — handwashing with soap. The simple, accessible action can, according to a study, reduce the rate of morality by 50 per cent.



illegal structure near park
Officials want ‘clarification’ before action
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
At a public park opposite Chand Cinema, an illegal structure has come up. Still, officials want a “clarification” before taking action. Strange are the ways of the Municipal Corporation, which believes more in “paper work” rather than acting against violators.

A three-day notice was pasted at the park stating that if the room was being constructed by any government agency, documents must be shown to the civic body as no prior permission was sought from the MC to construct the room. The notice period came to an end yesterday, but the MC has not initiated any action.

Assistant Town Planner (Headquarters) Kamaljit Kaur said she learnt that the room was constructed after taking the area councillor into confidence. “The notice was issued as the construction was illegal. But before taking any action, higher officials need to be told and their nod is necessary. We will take action accordingly,” she said.The High Court is already acting tough and the MC authorities have been pulled up several times by the court. The residents are perturbed over the way the MC was taking the issue. An area resident said, “It is an illegal structure, still the MC is mum. Tomorrow, some other person will construct another room at some other public park, but the MC is least bothered.” 



cheque-bounce case
Youth gets one-yr term 
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, October 14
The court of Judicial Magistrate Supreet Kaur has convicted a youth, Puneet Jain of Jagraon, in a cheque-bounce case.
The court sentenced the youth to a one-year imprisonment. A fine of Rs 5,000 was also imposed on him. Complainant Shivinder Mohan Bansal stated that Puneet Jain took Rs 2.83 lakh from him three years ago and issued a cheque.

When the complainant went to withdraw money from the bank, he was shocked to find that the bank account of Puneet Jain had already been closed.

The complainant approached Puneet and asked him to return his money, but the latter refused.

On hearing arguments of both the parties, the court convicted Puneet Jain.



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